October 24, 2011
The Nassau Music Society will begin its 2011 -2012 Season on Friday, October 21, 2011. Sir Arthur Foulkes, Governor General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas has once again accepted to be the Patron of the Society’s Season.
In his Message to the Nassau Music Society, Sir Arthur states that the “Society has, for at least one generation now, continually supported music students and aspiring artists in The Bahamas. The quality of the artists that they bring to our shores to perform classical and jazz concerts yearly is a secret to no one.” He adds that “the members of the Society are to be commended for their commitment to the promotion of this standard of music and for their efforts to educate the next generation. They have instituted a full music scholarship at the College of The Bahamas which is now in its third year of existence and arranged for all of their musicians to offer free Master Classes during their brief stay in The Bahamas.”
The following concerts have been planned for the Season and you are encouraged to note them in your diary. You may reserve online anytime at http://www.nassaumusicsociety.org/reservations or 10 days before any concert at the box offices: A.D. Hanna & Co., Deveaux St. Tel: 322-8306, Logos Bookstore, Harbour Bay Tel: 394-7040, Custom Computers Cable Beach Tel: 396-1100, Moir & Co. Lyford Cay, Tel: 362-4895.
Dmitri Berlinsky (violin) & Elena Baksht (piano) Friday – October 21st, 2011 – College of the Bahamas Performing Arts Centre – 8.00PM Saturday – October 22nd, 2011 – St Paul’s Church Hall. Lyford Cay – 7:30PM It is rare to find an artist who has achieved the impeccable credentials and uncompromising artistry of Dmitri Berlinsky. As a soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Berlinsky's intention is to bring music's spirit to his audience, reaching levels above mere entertainment. Described as “the pianist with the magic touch” by the Washington Post and as “one the most intriguing pianists of her generation” by the Miami Sun Post, Elena Baksht captivates her audiences from the moment she appears on the stage with a combination of profound lyricism, dazzling technique, and charismatic presence. Their programme will include works from M. Ravel, E. Chausson, P. Tchaikovsky and P. de Sarasate.
Terry Waldo –Ragtime, Jazz & Blues: The Roots of American Pop Friday – November 4th, 2011 – College of the Bahamas Performing Arts Centre – 8.00PM Saturday – November 5th, 2011 – St Paul’s Church Hall. Lyford Cay – 7:30PM Terry Waldo presents one of his very popular programs featuring the music of America’s greatest composers including The King of Classic Ragtime, Scott Joplin; Tin Pan Alley’s most famous song writer, Irving Berlin; New Orleans Jazz pioneer, Jelly Roll Morton and the legendary Ragtime and Broadway genius, Terry ‘s mentor, Eubie Blake. Terry will also include famous tunes from “The Great American Songbook and some of his own original numbers.
Members’ Evening - Act II of Johann Strauss's operetta Die Fledermaus Saturday – 14th January, 2012 – Government House(TBC) – 7:30PM Light, funny and entertaining performance in English. Cast entirely of students from the music department at COB except for the two more "advanced" roles of Rosalinda and Eisenstein which will be played by Candace Bostwick and Wil Adderley respectively.
Marco Tamayo & Anabel Montesinos —Classical Guitars Friday – 27th January, 2012 – Government House – 8:00PM Saturday – 28th January, 2012 – St Paul’s Church Hall, Lyford Cay – 7:30PM Marco Tamayo was born in Havana, where he started to play guitar at the age of three under his father’s tuition. He studied with Antonio Alberto Rodríguez and Leo Brouwer, and later in Europe in Munich and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, where he was a pupil of Eliot Fisk, Rainer Schmidt for violin, and Anthony Spiri for harpsichord, among others. Winner of major international guitar competitions like the Michele Pittaluga, Città de Alessandria, in 1999, Marco Tamayo has performed concerts together with the Chamber Orchestra of St Petersburg, the Turin Philharmonic, the Chamber Orchestra of Aix en Provence, the Tampere Philharmonic in Finland and the Havana Philharmonic, among many others.
Anabel Montesinos, one of the leading figures of the classical guitar worldwide, is “a promising star of the classical guitar” according to Maestro Antón García Abril when he heard her play. Ms. Montesinos is the winner of several major international guitar competitions like the Francisco Tárrega competition in Spain and the Michele Pittaluga competition in Alessandria, Italy. Her musical expression and taste has enthralled audiences wherever she has performed.
Gilad Karni (viola) and Donald Berman (piano) Saturday – 18th Febryary, 2012– College of the Bahamas Performing Arts Centre – 8.00PM Sunday – 17th February, 2012 – St Paul’s Church Hall, Lyford Cay – 5:30PM Gilad Karni has been praised throughout the world for his tone and interpretation. His technique and musicality have earned him countless honours, from first prizes at competitions to leadership roles in some of the world's finest orchestras. Equally at home in orchestral and solo or chamber music settings, Karni can be heard on concert stages around the globe in a range of repertoire, as well as on recordings American pianist Donald Berman is recognized as one of the chief exponents of new works by living composers, overlooked music by 20th century masters, and recitals that link classical and modern repertoires. His reputation as definitive interpreter of the American new music canon is unsurpassed. He has established an extensive discography in the works of major American composers, including Ives, Ruggles, Kernis, Levering, Wheeler, Boykan, and many others.
Bizet - Broadway - Special Black-Tie Fundraiser—Dinner & Concert Saturday – 3rd March, 2012 – Old Fort Club This special event- Bizet to Broadway - in association with the Bizet-Broadway Committee chaired by Cornelia Nihon, features Canadian opera singers and its goal is to raise funds to allow young Bahamian singers to train either at home or abroad. An enormous success last Season, the evening was sold out before tickets were even printed.
Robert Blocker (piano) and Ole Akahoshi (cello) Friday – 23rd March, 2012– College of the Bahamas Performing Arts Centre – 8.00PM Saturday – 24th March, 2012 – St Paul’s Church Hall, Lyford Cay – 7:30PM Robert Blocker began his study of piano at the age of five, presenting his first public recital two years later. Today, he performs throughout the world with concerts in the United States, Europe, Mexico, China, and Korea, Thailand, and several Pacific Rim countries. Recently hailed by the Los Angeles Times, German cellist Ole Akahoshi began studying cello at the age of four in Berlin. Akahoshi is principal cellist of the Sejong Soloists in New York, as well as member of Seiji Ozawa’s Saito Kinen Orchestra since 1998 and the Opera Nomori Tokyo.
Sophie Pacini (piano) – Special concert sponsored by Banque Privée Edmond de Rothschild Ltd. To present the winner of its annual music competition held in Switzerland April 13th -14th , 2012 – One night only open to the public Sophie Pacini is 19 years old and was born in Munich. At the young age of eight she had her debut with Haydn’s Piano Concerto in D major and started to study piano at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria at the age of 10. In 2004 she was selected to participate in a newly founded group for highly talented young musicians directed by Prof. Karl-Heinz Kämmerling. In February 2011 she performed a recital at the International festival “Sommets musicaux de Gstaad” and won the desired festival award “Marguerite Dütschler”. Thanks to the generosity of the Banque Privée Edmond de Rothschild Ltd., we are able to share the exceptional talent of this young piano virtuoso with the Bahamian public.
The Nassau Music Society has grown over the years thanks to the generosity of its corporate and individual sponsors and the interest of the Bahamian public. Major Corporate Sponsors include Société Générale Private Banking; Pictet Bank & Trust Ltd; RoyalStar Assurance Ltd and ColinaImperial Insurance Ltd. Special sponsor for 2012, Banque Privée Edmond de Rothschild Ltd. It would like to thank all corporate and individual sponsors, too numerous to name, and the many others who also contributed as supporting and general members. Their continued commitment to the Society encourages it to continue it efforts to provide a first class programme of music for the enjoyment of its Members and the General Public and a commitment to assist young musicians in the Bahamas.
EDUCATION The first Nassau Music Society scholarship recipient at the College of the Bahamas, Shavincia Thomas, completed her studies in 2011. A new recipient, Ashley Knowles, a pianist and vocalist was granted the award for the 2011-2012 academic year. In 2012 and for the following seven years a new student will be added annually to the scholarship programme. The programme is aimed at students who are entering the two year music programme at ground level. Says Patrick Thomson, President of the Nassau Music Society, “One of the hurdles for music students is their ability to earn a living in music after having completed their music studies. Shavincia has solved this problem by enrolling in a one year course at Southeast Technical College in Minnesota to learn how to repair musical instruments. There is no one in the Bahamas who is qualified to do this and this will allow her to continue with her music career playing the flute while earning a living. The Society gave her a grant of $5000 toward her studies and helped her to raise the rest of the required funds.” The Society also gave a grant of $2500 to Nathan Lightbourne to help him complete his last semester at Vandercook College. The Bizet-Broadway concert held in association with the Bizet-Broadway committee chaired by Cornelia Nihon raised $20,000 toward vocal scholarship and training. A programme of vocal training was held in May, 2011 with American Soprano Kali Wilder for Bahamian singers. She held two master classes and gave individual tuition to eight students. This was well received by the public and students and the participants learned techniques on how to improve their vocal instruments on the long term. The Society will continue this or a similar programme over the next year.
All musicians performing at Society’s concerts during the Season hold Master classes free of charge for young and aspiring musicians in The Bahamas. Dates and times are posted on the website on a regular basis. “We encourage students and their teachers to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. It would be a pity not to see or interact with these exceptional virtuosi while they are in The Bahamas” declared Ms. Italia Watkins-Jan, Vice President/Administrator. Dmitri Berlinsky and Elena Baksht will present an informal discussion on chamber music on Thursday, October 20th from 12:00 to 1:30. Please join them at the College of the Bahamas Performing Arts Centre to have a chance to interact with the artists! Please contact Dr. Christy Lee at the College of the Bahamas if you would like to attend this Master Class or others planned in the future: email@example.com
COMMITTEE MEMBERS The members of the Committee for the Season are: President and Treasurer, Patrick H. Thomson; Vice President Fund Raising, Terry Factor; Vice-President Public Relations and Communications and Administrator, Italia Watkins-Jan; Vice-President Scholarship, Dr. Christy Lee; Vice-President Events, Larry Strachan; Secretary, Simone Fitzcharles; Committee Members: Rosemarie Alexiou, Caroline Anderson, Bonny Byfield, Valda Feldman, Jan Hardy, Anita MacDonald, Jerome Pyfrom and Linda Thomson.
So, if you would like to become a member or have information on concerts, please visit the Nassau Music Society at its current location at Ocean Place, West Bay Street any weekday between 9:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. or visit their website www.nassaumusicsociety.org for detailed information. They Society is counting on your support and your presence at the