National Orchestra and Choir focus on musicals

‘West End at the Westin’ will showcase songs from popular musical theater shows.

With the Tony Awards just around the corner, it seems only fitting to celebrate productions from the Great White Way.

Fans of timeless classics that have been performed on stage for years will want to beat a path to the Westin in June for a couple of special nights celebrating musicals, dubbed “West End at the Westin.”

Musical hits from shows playing from West End to Broadway and beyond will be performed by the Cayman National Choir and Orchestra in their upcoming summer concert.

The events will feature songs from a range of musical theater shows such as “Les Misérables,” “West Side Story,” “Oliver,” “Miss Saigon,” “The Wizard of Oz,” and “Jekyll & Hyde.” Performances take place June 3 and June 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Governor’s Ballroom at The Westin.

“[I am] really looking forward to presenting such a wonderful selection of music to our audience through our formidable National Choir and Orchestra and superb soloists,” says CNCO Musical Director Jonathan Taylor.

Soloists include rising young star Jaedyn Hanna, who has performed at such events as the Butterfield Young Musician Final, Cayman Arts Festival and Red Sky at Night. Nicole Bradford, choral director at Cayman International School, will trade in her regular seat in the orchestra’s clarinet section to showcase her vocals while Arek Nicholson will perform as a guest tenor. The Cayman Youth Choir will once again join the Cayman National Choir and Orchestra for the performances.

The concert will see the orchestra introducing its new full percussion section, made possible through a generous anonymous donation. The orchestra’s sound, for the first time, will be enriched by timpani, xylophone, vibraphone and gong, among other instruments.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students and are available online at www.caymanaisles.com/etickets.