Classics in June on Father's Day
Classical Music lovers will be treated to a varied musical feast on Father's Day when the Soroptimist International Club of Jamaica, Kingston, stages its annual Classics in June on Sunday at 5 p.m. in the University Chapel, University of the West Indies, Mona.
The concert will feature both established performers and upcoming artistes. These include Gabriel Walters (violin), Norman McCallum (guitar), Laurice Barnaby (flute), soprano Rosette Salazar, tenor Santorini degli Archangeli, Mickel Gordon (piano), Doran McCarthy (cornet) and Stephen Shaw-Naar (voice and piano).
Classics in June 2016 is being held under the patronage of the French Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Monsieur Jean Michel Despax, and Madame Line Despax.
Previous Classics in June concerts have raised funds for a number of organisations and projects. These include the National Children's Home, Jamaica AIDS Support for Life, the St Margaret's Church Nursery and the Shortwood Early Childhood Institution. Funds raised from this year's concert will continue the club's ongoing support to the National Children's Home and other Soroptimist charities, with a focus on children and young people at risk.
The CHASE Fund is a major sponsor for this year's concert which is in keeping with that organisation's mandate to focus on the arts and culture as well as health, education and sports. Tickets are available at the door, from club members and Music Mart on South Avenue, St Andrew.
Grange attends workshop in T&T
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, led a delegation to a Caribbean Export Development Agency sponsored workshop in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago from June 8 - 10. The aim of the workshop was to present the Business Plan for the Caribbean Creative Industries Management Unit (CCIMU) to be established in the agency, This will be done in partnership with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).
Grange, who was one of the featured presenters at the workshop, pointed out that through collaboration with neighbouring territories Jamaica and the rest of the Caribbean will be able to enhance their cultural and creative industries. This will contribute to the growth and development of the region.
"The CCIMU will further position and enhance the cultural and creative industries for greater global competitiveness and economic growth, by leveraging local brands for sustainable prosperity, increasing youth employment and thereby economic advancement within the youth population, promoting greater economic and social stability for women engaged in these industries and creating new platforms of engagement to expand the global reach and revenue generation for Caribbean culture and entertainment," Grange said.
She further noted that the Unit, when established, will also address the needs of the region's creative industries. Among those are business development, trade opportunities and the protection of artists' and stakeholders' intellectual property rights.
The Minister also met with Peter Minshall, one of Trinidad and Tobago's prominent carnival artist designers, to explore the possibility of some of his pieces being incorporated into the upcoming Jamaica 54 Grand Gala on independence Day 2016.
Palace Card to be discontinued in 2017
In 18 months, Palace Amusement Company is phasing out its decade old Palace Card. Holders of the cards will be given until December 21, 2017, to close out their cards, which are dedicated to moviegoing purchases
As of June 21, 2016, the movie company will no longer offer increments or top ups on cards. It is a decision that Melanie Graham, Palacae's Marketing manager, says was taken in best interest of patrons in light of mounting operational costs for the card.
"Our Palace Card is somewhat unique in this market and economies of scale has become a major factor", Graham said. "We are striving to keep movie going affordable and the decision was taken to phase out the card rather than pass on increases to patrons. Our online ticketing system which we introduced last year, is now fully equipped for all major credit cards, so movie goers will still be able to purchase tickets online at their convenience or at any of our box offices. We've always accepted credit cards or cash for snacks at our concessions and that will remain so".
Jazz in the Gardens on June 36
The 16th staging in the Jazz in the Gardens series take place on Sunday, June 26, starting at 6 p.m. The open air setting at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston, will again be the venue for the popular event.
It will feature vocalists Keisha Patterson and Mary Isaacs; keyboardist and educator Orville Hammond; the smooth crooner, songwriter, producer and bass guitar player Benji Myaz; Al Third from the group One Third and vocalist Asante Amen Providing musical direction and backing will be drummer Desi Jones and his musician friends.
The concert is co-sponsored by Power 106/Music 99 and endorsed by Kool 97 FM. Other sponsors include Clear Sound Productions, Signorama, Concept Promotions, Jamaica Pegasus, and Hamilton's Smoke House.
The two charities to benefit from the show are the Best Care Foundation, a privately run institution which caters to mentally challenged children and young adults from ages four to 21 years old. The other charity is the Voluntary Organisation for the Upliftment of Children (VOUCH), a non-governmental agency developed as a state-of-the-art centre for the assessment of children with special needs at the early childhood level.