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Classics in June hits a decade

Published:Tuesday | June 10, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Christine MacDonald Nevers - Contributed
Rory Baugh - FILE
Lori Burnett (left) and Rafael Salazar. - File

The Soroptimist International Club of Jamaica, Kingston, celebrates the 10th staging of its annual Classics in June concert on Sunday, June 15, 2014, starting at 5 p.m. in the University Chapel, University of the West Indies, Mona. The concert, being staged on Father's Day 2014, will be held under the patronage of Her Excellency, The Most Honourable Lady Patricia Allen.

This year's concert will feature Jamaican singers Lori Burnett, June Lawson, Christine MacDonald Nevers and Rory Baugh. Musicians Steven Woodham (violin), Karl van Richards (piano), Dwight McBean (organ), Rafael Salazar (clarinet), Laurice Barnaby (flute), Ferdinand Campbell (trumpet) and Spanish pianist Maria-Jose Parker will perform.

Dance performance

Loraine Barnaby will provide dance and this year's young talent is Rochelle Smith, a soprano and violinist from the United Kingdom.

Classics in June, which began in 2005, has helped to influence and rekindle an appreciation of classical music in Jamaica as well as provide exposure and encouragement for young talent.

Additionally, Classics in June is a fundraiser for projects of the Soroptimist International Club of Kingston. Introduced in 1962, it is the first service club for women in Jamaica. A volunteer service organisation for women in business, management and the various professions, the Soroptimist International Club of Kingston is one of five clubs in the island affiliated with Soroptimist International, which comprises more than 3,000 clubs in 120 countries.

Since the series' inception, 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, Teen Challenge Drug Rehabilitation Centre, and Shortwood United Early Childhood Development Centre.

Funds raised from this year's staging will go towards the National Children's Home and other Soroptimist charities, with a focus on children and young people at risk.