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Jamaica Symphony Orchestra heads to St Ann

Published:Monday | March 25, 2013
The University Singers' Franklin Halliburton in performance. - Contributed

The Jamaica Symphony Orchestra (JSO), following on its stellar 2012 concert Independence: A Symphonic Celebration, will stage Classical Rendezvous on April 7 at 4 p.m. at the St Ann Parish Church, Church Street, St Ann's Bay.

The concert is aimed at introducing the orchestra to audiences outside of Kingston and St Andrew and entertaining residents of the parish with the ageless genre of music.

The programme promises to delight music lovers with classical orchestral pieces from the masters such as Beethoven, Mozart and Dvorak.

There will be instrumental solos from oboe principal, Dr Althea Neblett and clarinet principal, Rafael Salazar.

The R'VAA woodwind quartet is expected to deliver its usual high-quality performance. Baritone singer and conductor of the University Singers, Franklin Halliburton will deliver selections, including the inspiring Panis Angelicus.

An important feature of the concert will be two Jamaican-composed works arranged and orchestrated for the JSO. The first is Jamaican Rumba, a traditional folk song arranged in contemporary style and conducted by Albert Shaun Hird, bandmaster, Jamaica Military Band.

The second is a rich two-movement work by noted musician, composer and arranger Jon Williams titled, Marley Symphony, in which themes from some of Bob Marley's popular tunes are intricately combined within an intriguing bed of classical phrases.

unique fifth section

The Jamaica Symphony Orchestra is based in Kingston and was formed by American violinist and Fulbright Scholar, Dr Lisa Walker.

It adds a unique fifth section comprising the steel pans with the string, woodwind, brass and percussion sections of the traditional orchestra to give a distinctive Caribbean sound.

The orchestra is an interesting mix of musicians of various ages and disciplines from Jamaica and other Caribbean countries, Canada and the United Kingdom.

The youth arm, the Jamaica Youth Symphony Orchestra, is also expected to perform at the April 7 concert.