Classical music dinner series Music on the Menu returns for its second installment this year, on May 12 at Luca restaurant.
The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with welcome drinks and canapés before the concert at 7:30 p.m. A three-course dinner with wine follows at 8:30 p.m. The performers for the night are Anne Walsh, Allie Cortens and Sebastian Poznansky.
Pianist Allie Cortens holds an associate diploma from the Royal Conservatory (Toronto) and a bachelor of music degree with distinction from the University of Victoria. As well as teaching piano and music theory privately, she has participated in master classes with Robin Wood, Janina Fialkowska, Anton Kuerti and Alain Lefevre. She has performed solo and alongside choirs, and favors chamber music.
Cellist Sebastian Poznansky graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and received the Peter Esswood prize for outstanding performance before continuing to postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Music, under famed French cellist Hélène Dautry. He has performed with a range of acclaimed musicians, including Vladimir Ashkenazy and Bernard Haitink, and he teaches a variety of instruments at Musicians Ltd. in Cayman.
Soprano Anne Walsh has lived in Cayman for two years and is the theater and music teacher at Cayman International School. Her previous roles include music teacher in Minneapolis and member of The Singers–MCA, who performed around the Midwest. She has performed as Fiordiligi in Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutte,” Anna Marrant in Kurt Weill’s “Street Scene,” and recently in Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” with Lyric Opera Studio Weimar in Germany.
Guests at Music on the Menu will enjoy such performances as “Ave Maria,” “O mio babbino caro” and “Sonate pour piano et violoncelle, opus 19,” as well as Gershwin’s “Summertime” and Adele’s “When we were young,” among others.
“This Music on the Menu event will provide a combination of great musicians, good food and the chance to socialize with others,” said Marius Gaina, executive director of the Cayman Arts Festival. “It is a perfect opportunity to spend a relaxing evening in superior company, enjoying the spectacular musical talent which we have in Cayman.”
Tickets are US$130 and tables can be reserved in advance for groups of six to 10 people. Proceeds go to the Cayman Arts Festival Scholarship Program. For more information or to reserve tickets, email [email protected] or call 922-5550.