Nassau, Bahamas – The renowned College of The Bahamas Concert Choir will perform at a special concert at the historic Episcopal Church of the Intercession in New York under the theme: A Concert for Spring: From Concert Classics to Calypso on Sunday, March 3rd, 2013. The choir will also be featured on a local television network and take a master class instructed by an accomplished opera soloist.
A melting pot of cultures and ethnicities, New York is the ideal city to showcase the choir’s brilliance on an international platform.
Choir Director and Associate Professor, Visual and Performing Arts at The College of The Bahamas Mrs. Audrey Dean-Wright spoke fondly of the choir’s demonstrated musical skill and record of performance over the years. She also explained that this opportunity has implications for building the country’s reputation.
“We have great talent in all areas of the Arts in The Bahamas; and when developed, we are able to stand shoulder to shoulder with the best internationally. This is evidenced by the performances internationally of our national entities such as the National Dance Company, The Bahamas National Children’s Choir and The Bahamas National Youth Choir, all of which have been winners in international competitions against some of the best performers in the world,” she said.
“It is important that the world sees us as a country that is not only known for sand, sea and sun; but one that aims for excellence in all areas of development, including the arts. It is important that we showcase our culture on the world stage in music, dance, storytelling etc. as these art forms are mirrors to who we are as a people. They tell our story. They also show what a rich culture we have,” she added.
At the Spring Concert, the 33-member choir, which includes four faculty members of The College, will perform a diversified repertoire featuring classical music, negro spirituals and golden oldies pop songs as well as Caribbean and Bahamian music.
The choir will also have the opportunity to work with Lorna Myers, vocal coach, former Metropolitan Opera soloist and director of the Harlem Girls’ Choir, who will conduct a master class. Among her many accomplishments, Ms. Myers, a native of Trinidad, has appeared as vocal soloist with the Alvin Ailey and José Limón Companies; the New York City Ballet and the Karlsruhe State Opera Ballet (Germany) and on Broadway as Monisha in Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha.
Television viewers in New York will also view the choir when it performs for Manhattan Neighbourhood Network television.
“The Bahamas Consulate-General has been very supportive. It is expected that the staff and Vice Consul, Sandra Poitier-McLaughlin, former employee of The College of The Bahamas, will be in attendance (at the concert). President of the Bahamian American Association, Beryl Edgecombe, known for promoting The Bahamas in New York, is one of the supporters of the event. She responsible for the recording of the choir and a special show featuring my poetry on the Manhattan Neighbourhood network,” explained Mrs. Dean-Wright.
The College of The Bahamas Concert Choir was formed in 1998 under Mrs. Dean-Wright’s direction. Its mission was to enrich the musical lives of the singers and the College community, and enable The College to have more visibility both nationally and internationally.
The choir has performed at College, community and national events and at international conferences and high profile music festivals.