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YOA Orchestra delights MoBay

Published:Saturday | August 2, 2014 | 12:00 AM


The Youth Orchestra of the Americas (YOA) performed in Montego Bay last Saturday night, with Mexican conductor, Carlos Miguel Prieto, driving the energy at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.

"It's a wondrous, beautiful effort on the part of the young," declared audience member Esme Lee. "It's worth everything in the world, you can see the amount of work the young people have put into this and it's a huge inspiration."

The musicians demonstrated their prowess on viola, violin, flute, trumpet, cello, double bass and clarinet to a packed audience.

The group, which consists of members representing more than 25 countries, including Jamaica, were on their first tour of the island.

Song selections

Some of their selections included Carmen Suites Aragonaise, Habanera and Les Toreadors, from celebrated composer, Georges Bizet. There were also two delightful reggae sets in the form of Peter Ashbourne's, Pass Di Ball and Bob Marley's, Don't Worry, No Woman Nuh Cry and Who Shot the Sheriff.

Jamaican soloist, Ana Strachan, led the performances with totally impressive renditions of Giulio Caccini, Ave Maria and Gilbert and Sullivan, Poor Wand'ring One.

Canadian violinist, Yolanda Bruno, was equally good, playing Pyotr Llyich Tchaikovsky's Allegro Moderato, Canzonetta: Andante and Finale: Allegro Vivacissimo.

Throughout the evening, it became quite impossible for the innately expressive Jamaican audience to maintain the traditional hushed, listening status quo, leading Prieto to declare Montegonians as the "most participative audience", of the orchestra's 2014 tours, to date.

The event was jointly sponsored by The Gleaner, Caribbean Producers Limited, Rainforest Seafoods, Digicel, among others.

- K. W.