Laurice and Friends celebrate friendship for a cause
Speaking with The Gleaner, Blackwood, who is a member of the church’s Creative Arts Ministry, said that classical music is for all ages and that she would encourage her peers to attend classical music concerts and experience the different emotions that can be evoked from the pieces.
A fundraising event held at the Church of the Ascension, Mona Heights, Barnaby’s other ‘friends’ were Dwight McBean, Norman McCallum, Santorini degli Archangeli, Rosette Salazar – Nevers, June Lawson, Stephen Woodham, Loraine Barnaby, Jason Salmon, and the very engaging master of ceremonies, Pierre Lemaire.
Organist McBean was the first act of the evening, and he did more than deliver Jean-Joseph Mouret’sRondeau. “He carries organ to new heights,” the witty Lemaire said after the remarkable performance. Woodham, with a relatively smaller instrument, the violin, was a picture of passion in performing Ernest Bloch’sNigun.
Passion was joined by humour in the second half as the vocalists (Lawson, MacDonald, Salazar and Archangeli) showed that the voice is also a fine musical instrument. This was demonstrated so well that unexpectedly, the very attentive audience broke rank and responded with strong and sustainable applause. This was at the conclusion of Rosette and Archangeli’s amazing rendition of Andrew Lloyd Webber’sUnexpected Song.
Lawson was just as engaging in delivering the very humorous George Hugh Gartlin’sThe Lilac Tree, and the surprise ending ofSomeone is Sending me Flowers by MacDonald-Nevers was cause for laughter.
Overall, Laurice and Friends in Concert II was a worthy event, as was its purpose. The proceeds will go towards the church’s scholarship fund and Creative Arts Ministry, of which Laurice is a member. And while all her friends are willing to perform, Laurice said that organising such an event “is a lot of work” and that it will be some time (perhaps another 10 years) before another one takes place. But raising money for the arts ministry will continue in different forms.