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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
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Black Stalin sings for pan festival
Two new events have been added to the National Steelband Music Festival Pan Is Beautiful XII calendar.
The first, a concert, is scheduled for November 9, and the other, a workshop on November 15. Both events will take place at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA), Port-of-Spain.
The workshop is geared towards music conductors and not necessarily steelband conductors, whose primary function is the preparation of the musical ensemble for public presentations which requires the interpretation of musical works and real-time communication of those interpretations to musicians through a series of specific arm movements.
Dr Ronnie Wooten is the facilitator. The theme is The Maestro At Work. Dr Wooten is a native of North Carolina and he received the Bachelor of Music Education degree (cum laude) from East Carolina University and the Master of Music and the Doctor of Musical Arts Degrees, both in conducting from Michigan State University.
In addition to conducting the NIU Wind Ensemble, Wooten is a co-ordinator of instrumental music education and teaches in both undergraduate and graduate programmes in that area. He maintains an active schedule as guest conductor, adjudicator, lecturer and consultant for instrumental music education, and has conducted honour bands and clinics throughout the United States and Canada.
Pan Trinbago advises that interested people should register at their Head Office, Park Street or call 625-3556, as there are a limited number of places for the session which will be held at Theatre One, from 10 am and runs until 2 pm.
The second event – Pan Is Beautiful – The Concert, featuring Leroy Calliste, celebrates the music and musings of the artist who is Black Stalin, and the man who is Leroy Calliste.
Three of Stalin’s compositions from his wide repertoire have been selected as Test Pieces for the festival. Brother Valentino, Kurt Allen, Relator, and pannist Duvone Stewart, with the winners of the Pan is Beautiful XII Soloists and Ensemble categories, are the guest entertainers.
Musical accompaniment will be provided by Roy Cape All Stars.
Showtime is 7.30 pm. Tickets priced at $250 and $300, are available at the regular outlets and at NAPA box office.
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