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It’s that time of year

Friday, December 6, 2013
Danielle Williams, left, Nicole Wong Chong, Germaine Wilson, Naette Yoko Lee, Lillian Lopez, Golda Lee-Bruce of the T&T Sopranos belt out wondrous sounds during the performance of the Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus during United Way’s Carols and Classics on Steel 2013 at the Ballroom, Hyatt Regency last Sunday. PHOTO: SEAN NERO

Ian Benjamin of United Way hit the nail on the head last Sunday at the Hyatt Regency when he said that talent seems to reside in the DNA of “Trinbagonians.” He was at the time thanking patrons at the eight annual Carols 7 Classics on Steel 2013, the flagship fund-raiser for the organisation. It’s that time of year when organisations and individuals turn on their heart lights to help the less fortunate. It is also the time of year when the nation’s top artistes and groups stage lavish concerts to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Among these groups doing so for several years are The Love Movement, The Lydians and Marionettes Chorale. The Marionettes premiered its concert—A Christmas Jubilee—last night at Queen’s Hall before a packed auditorium. Next Thursday it will be the turn of The Lydians, it’s production running until December 14. Themed Christmas the Season of Love, and sub-themed the Journey of the Four Hearts, the production comprises four transitions of the Lydians Christmas concert. Patrons will be taken on a journey, from distracted and broken heart to reverence of the Holy Mother Mary, to the festive and colourful celebration of a true Trinbago Christmas, and the final joyful heart full of love, music and the spirit of the season.


Letting a little birdie out of the bag, not only will the choir perform many heartwarming Lydian Christmas favourites, many previously conducted by late musical director Pat Bishop, Lydian Steel will perform the Overture from the Teleman Suite in E Minor. Also on the programme will be Edward Cumberbatch as well as Muhammed Muwakil and Lou Lyons of Freetown Collective.
There’s more: this event will be enhanced by the world premiere of Await that star and All I want for Christmas is a Panman, composed by Astra Lynn Noel. Last Sunday at the Hyatt, the ballroom was filled to capacity and the talent performed was astounding. Prior to the actual show, guests were treated to a cheese and wine prelude, as well as traditional homemade sorrel. Hosted by Celia Scott, and opened by The Birdsong Academy Orchestra, The T&T Soprano Soloists included CNC3 news anchor Golda Lee Bruce, her elder sister Naette Yoko Lee, a former Guardian Media Limited feature writer, Danielle Williams, Germaine Wilson and Nicole Wong Chong. Also having headline billing on the show were lyric tenor John Thomas, mezzo soprano Venezuelan Lillian Lopez, The Alternative Quartet, Eastern Youth Chorale, and pianist Alan Cooper and Enrique Ali.


Should you be attending the bp Marionettes’ A Christmas Jubilee this weekend, expect high fashion and glamour. Marionettes Youth Chorale alumni Karen and Kathy Norman, the twin designers behind fashion-forward Carnival band K2K Alliance, have designed the Marionettes ladies’ evening gowns, as well as the gowns of conductor Gretta Taylor. The concert features the dynamic youth and irresistible children’s choirs in a programme of audience Christmas favourites, as the Marionettes continues its 50th anniversary celebrations. The concert also marks the exciting world premiere of assistant musical director Dr Roger Henry’s original work, There was a Man Sent From God. The show also features some of the nation’s favourite soloists as well as exciting emerging vocal and dramatic talents, including: Murchison Brown, Hermina Charles, Giselle Clarke, Marlon De Bique, Lisa De Caires, Kashif Dennis, Patrice Inglesbirth, Jean-Marc Henry, Errol James, Jacqueline Johnson, Leah Lewis, Deborah Nahous, Jacqueline Smith, Michelle Tardieu-Attale, Caroline Taylor, Garfield Washington, Diahann White, and talented youngsters Dominique Akal and Annalise Emmanuel.


With the traditional Christmas productions in full swing, Carib Woodbrook Playboyz and PCS Silver Stars and other showplaces in the North are also hosting events. Last Monday, Trinbago Christmas Concert Series began its weekly shows at De Nu Pub (The Mas Camp) in Woodbrook, billed as Parang and Parangsoca, featuring Los Alumnos De San Juan, Crazy, Myron B, Ninja, Joseph Adams and more. The show continues on Monday night and, titled The Very Best of Trinbago Christmas Ballads, will feature Marilyn Williams, Lennox Gray, Kelwyn Hutcheon, Jerry Howai and Mayaro the Band. The December 16 show—It's Calypso Christmas Plus—will be headlined by Relator and will feature Organiser, Pedro Lezama and DJ Sugar Daddie of Vibe CT 105.1FM. Definitely a bargain, admission is just $80. Advance tickets are available at De Nu Pub (627-4042). Call 745-0960 for more information. It is one of the most swinging joints in Maraval. D’Bar, located by the Paramin Jeep Stand, Maraval premieres its Pork & Parang series of limes/shows this evening. This jam be held every Friday until Christmas, from 7 pm, and today’s lime will be served by Robbie and Picante.


Tickets for both the Saturday and Sunday performances have been sold out. A few remaining tickets are available for this evening and can be purchased from the choir ([email protected] and 790-1751) and at the Queen’s Hall Box Office (624-1284), between 10 am–6pm.


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