The National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) will mount a first-of-its-kind concert, 'The Music of the NDTC', featuring the ensemble's singers and orchestra at the NDTC Studios, The Little Theatre Complex, 4 Tom Redcam Avenue in Kingston, on Sunday.
Audience members will be treated to an intimate full-length outdoor concert showcasing a melting pot of musical selections from the company, beginning at 6 p.m.
The performance will include adaptations of Jamaican Christmas carols in celebration of the Yuletide season, as well as arrangements of traditional and contemporary suites of songs from the company's new and active repertoire. The ensemble will also perform instrumentals of some favourite NDTC masterworks.
Under the leadership of NDTC Musical Director Ewan Simpson, the concert seeks to showcase in a novel context the rich musical traditions of the 52-year-old company, and the talents of its long-standing and emerging singers and musicians.
The production, Simpson says, is part of the NDTC's effort to advance its themes of renewal and continuity, by providing new opportunities for sharing with its loyal audience outside of the annual season held at The Little Theatre during July and August.
For the showcase on Sunday evening, NDTC's dancers will accompany the singers and orchestra in a few collaborative pieces. The singers will include Carole Reid, Faith Livingstone, Rhonda Lumsden-Lue and Kaydene Gordon (sopranos); Dulcie Bogues, Helen Christian and Kamala Nicholson-Johnson (contraltos); Howard Phillips and Kemar Lee (tenors); and Leighton Jones and Conrod Hall (basses).
In addition to the growing orchestra, consisting of guitars, keyboard, saxophone, flutes and drums, special guests, including NDTC alumni, will join the current corps in paying tribute to Marjorie Whylie, NDTC musical director emeritus, in whose honour the concert is being mounted.
Whylie served the NDTC with distinction for 48 years before retiring from active duty in late 2012.
Tickets for 'The Music of the NDTC' are available at The Little Theatre Box Office.