'Stars' To Align in Vineyard Town Tomorrow
Since 2010, members of the Christ Church congregation in Vineyard Town have invited accomplished musicians to contribute their talents in the name of charity.
Tomorrow, they will do it again with the sixth staging of Stars in Concert, as highly regarded performers will take the stage for one of the church's major fund-raising events for the year.
As one of the main fund-raising efforts of the year, the concert's organiser Carole Reid, assures that the line-up will satisfy a compounded audience.
"There will be a genre to appeal to everyone. There will absolutely be something for anyone to enjoy," she said enthusiastically. "Each performer commands their own audience," said Reid, "and they give so generously of their time."
Slated to perform at the concert are Frank Halliburton (director of the UWI Singers), accomplished tenors Lt. Cdr. John McFarlane and Rory Baugh, former manager of The Skatalites, Harold Davis (accompanied by Paul Madden on guitar and Andrew Thompson on drums), budding reggae and jazz singer and member of Blacksoil Band, Koriq and the consistently outstanding Maria Myrie. Other performers include singers Jodi Ho Lung and Dawn Fuller-Phillips, trumpeter Craig Henry and saxophonist Tafane Buchsaecab.
Leonie Forbes and Reid's daughter Tiffany Robinson, will be reading at the event, and it will be emceed by the "illustrious" Dr Michael Abrahams and radio/TV personality, Roxane Mickle.
Reid, one of Jamaica's revered sopranos, isn't slated to perform, but as organiser, she is the 'mover and shaker' who managed to rally all these different performers. Her devotion to the performing arts and her community spirit were evident in her excited tone.
"It serves as an outreach to the community here in Vineyard Town," she said with pride. "People around here feel uplifted, with so many different, talented musicians coming together to perform," Reid told The Gleaner. She considers the event a rewarding one, as it gathers artistes and musicians with varied styles, who specialise in different genres.
Even with the wide cross-section of acts, she believes this event is carried off "much better within the church." The concert has been held in various venues, including the Jamaica Pegasus, but this year, the proceeds will benefit the venue itself. Reid promises a "wonderful line-up of artists", who she applauds for the donation of their services. She similarly invites the public to attend the concert, and in doing so donate to the cause at a cost of $1,500.
Stars in Concert VI will take place at Christ Church, 6 Antrim Road, Vineyard Town, tomorrow at 5 p.m.