The Marionettes Chorale chronicled its four-and-a-half decades of music excellence on Friday, taking a journey into sound and thrilling patrons at the premiere of its anniversary concert held at Queen's Hall in St Ann's.
The event, titled Celebrating 45 Years of Musical Excellence! was held under the direction of Gretta Taylor. Marionettes returned to landmark compositions that helped put the choir on the map, along with other contemporary styles. The choir revisited excerpts from Carl Orff's Carmina Burana to its credit. Twenty years ago, the cast tackled the piece from Burana's repertoire in its entirety, as well as Ezekiel Saw de Wheel arranged by Dawson. Ezekiel Saw de Wheel was the spiritual that contributed to the group winning the first of four international prizes.
Elaborate costuming as well as an appropriate use of dance delivered by exponents from Noble Douglas Dance Company Inc, was tastefully incorporated into the presentation. But when it was time to salute the year of its birth, Taylor and her cast chose to honour that period with Mighty Sparrow's Drunk and Disorderly and Lord Blakie's Arabian Festival.
As part of the celebration, the choir welcomed string players from the United Kingdom, led by Ewan Campbell. Together with some of the choir's musicians, they formed the anniversary orchestra and heightened the quality accompaniment. The chorale also paid tribute to the late King of Pop with Heal The World, which left patrons rapt on a night where music excellence was celebrated.