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Bob, Bacharach, Beatles - School of Music staff interprets three Bs at Edna Manley College on Sunday

Published:Friday | November 4, 2016 | 12:00 AM
The lBeatles (from left) Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr (seated) and John Lennon.
Michael Sean Harris
Joseanna Henry crochets in her booth at Gungo Walk 2016.
Ari Natural (front) sings with her band at the 2016 Gungo Walk Alternate Music Festival, held at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in September.
Self-taught artist Jeff Perry (right) sketches his niece, Paula Perr at the 2016 Gungo Walk Festival in September.

The adage that those who can, do, and those who can't, teach, does not apply to the creative arts. So on Sunday at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA), 1 Arthur Wint Drive, St Andrew, some of those who teach at the School of Music will perform in the Vera Moody Concert Hall.

The concert, which starts at 5 p.m., is part of an extensive roster of events marking the 40th anniversary of the various schools being brought together on one premises, initially named the Cultural Training Centre.

The celebratory events began in September with the Gungo Walk Alternative Music Festival and will go up to June 2017 with the School of Drama final-year shows.

Among the faculty members who will perform on Sunday is vocalist Michael Sean Harris.

Bob and the Beatles are well-known, as they also sang their material. That is not the case for American Burt Bacharach - although he continues to tour at 88 years old - many of whose songs continue to resonate with audiences that might not know the writer of the material which moves them. And in the case of a song like I Say a Little Prayer, Jamaican audiences may be more familiar with the Diana King version than Dionne Warwicks's. And Sanchez's version of Trains and Boats and Planes is another example of a Jamaican recording of Burt Bacharach's material previously recorded by Warwick.




Among the numerous other hits in Bacharach's catalogue are Any Day Now, Wishin' and Hoping, Walk On By, Don't Go Breaking My Heart, A House is Not a Home and I'll Never Fall in Love Again.

From the other side of the Atlantic, the Beatles - George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and John Lennon - have a catalogue which includes Let it Be, Yesterday, I Want To Hold Your Hand and Eleanor Rigby, the last done over by Black Uhuru.

There are other 40th anniversary celebrations during this month. The School of Drama's 'I Lawa' opens on November 11, with a School of Visual Arts-Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) photo exhibition opening on the 15th.

In December, there is a carol service by the School of Music on the 4th, and the (Art)Stock Art Fair on the college's campus on the 20th.

There is a break in January before a packed February calendar, which begins with a Black History Month film series by the School of Visual Art and includes a 'Gender and Fashion' event at the Vera Moody Concert Hall on the 23rd, before Sports Day on the 24th.