Nassau Music Society lines up exciting series for 50th anniversary season
In celebration of its 50th anniversary season, the Nassau Music Society (NMS) has lined up an exciting program of concerts and events that continue its tradition of musical excellence while highlighting its historical roots.
The concert series will showcase a diverse program of musicians and genres, ranging from a night at the opera and a jazz café, to classical flute and piano four hands.
NMS will kick off the season with Nicole Jordan performing in three distinct concerts. She will bring her multi-faceted background in classical music, Caribbean rhythms and folklore and harmony singing to three different stages at the end of October for the first concert of the anniversary season
In her first appearance, the versatile Trinidadian soprano features as a soloist in the Bahamas National Youth Choir’s (BNYC) tribute to the late Cleophas Adderley, BNYC founder and first director, on Friday, October 26 at Christ Church Cathedral.
At The Current at Baha Mar on the following evening, her performance will take the audience on a spiritual journey. The ancient spiritual traditions of the Yoruba are still practiced in Trinidad and Tobago. Orisha, like the people themselves, has been mixed and blended to include many influences from all over the world, but the roots remain unchanged. Through her own text and poetry and using a variety of music from many lands, Jordan works with Bahamian pianist Dion Cunningham to tell the story of the power and influence of “Oya”, the Orisha Goddess of the Wind. In her final concert on Sunday the audience at St. Paul’s will be treated to “A Night at the Opera”, an evening of opera arias where she will be joined in parts by tenor Gary Seydell as well as choristers from the Bel Canto Singers, the Lyford Cay International School choir and stand-out vocalists from The University of The Bahamas.
In November NMS will present a documentary film screening in partnership with The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF), a special concert for 400 primary school children sponsored in part by the Charitable Arts Foundation and a jazz concert in the gardens of the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) round off the anniversary season.
The NMS was founded by E. Clement Bethel and is a non-profit, charitable organization. Its founding mission statement still rings true today – to promote and encourage the art of music by organizing concerts and other musical activities, and to provide financial and other assistance to students of music.
Since then, with support from its membership, corporate sponsorship and private donations, NMS has consistently presented world class concerts, offered hundreds of free master classes by visiting artists and provided scholarships and grants to many Bahamian music students for study abroad as well as at the University of The Bahamas.
Tickets for “Goddess of the Wind” and “A Night at the Opera” can be purchased at NMS box office locations: Custom Computers, Old Fort Bay Town Center, Cable Beach and Cotton Tree Plaza (just before Harbour Bay on East Bay Street). Tickets for The Bahamas National Youth Choir concert are available at Buy The Book, Cable Beach.