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BNYC gearing up for 29th Annual Concert Season

The Bahamas National Youth Choir (BNYC) will present their 29th Annual Concert Season with a special treat, paying tribute to the legendary Stevie Wonder in their show tunes section – which will make for a nostalgic evening of funky music from the 60s – as well as to famed Bahamian funk and disco group the T-Connection in their folk section.

Dexter Fernander, choir director, along with choristers said they have worked tirelessly to present an evening of eclectic music, dance and theatrics that they say will make for an unforgettable experience. They urge you to be prepared to hear traditional classical music, Negro spirituals, broadway tunes, as well as Bahamian and international folk music.

“There’s something transformational about the Bahamas National Youth Choir; members strive to better themselves, to perform better every time.” With that in mind, he said every performance they strive for fresh performances and like nothing patrons have seen before with their numbers.

The concert, which will be held April 10-13, will also feature guest artists Cameron Pratt, violinist, and prodigy Sophia Marsh, soprano. Shows will be held at 8 p.m. nightly at the Dundas Center for the Performing Arts.

Since 1983, The Bahamas National Youth Choir has been a cultural institution for self-growth, development and training, and the creation of responsible and confident citizens.

This year, Cierra Evans and Michael Taylor will be honored for their five-year membership.

Evans said when she joined the BNYC she had just been fully introduced to her talent and that it helped her to grow immensely.

“I learnt things that I didn’t know singing or life required.”

She is excited to perform in the upcoming concert season.

“I’m memorizing my music and choreography while trying to fight nerves that don’t ever seem to leave,” she said.

Taylor said he was eager to see how the audience would respond to what they have in store for the second half of their segment.

He was also grateful for the musical training and guidance the choir presented him and said that through the choir he was able to travel to places he never though he would have ever visited.

“I’m truly grateful to be a part of such an organization whose main focus is to advance and nurture young Bahamians,” he said.

The Bahamas National Youth Choir, directed by Dexter Fernander, was established in 1983 under the direction of its founder the late Cleophas R.E. Adderley as a part of the celebrations marking the 10th anniversary of Bahamian independence. Over the years, the choir has toured and performed in 28 countries on four continents. They have also sung in 25 languages including German, French, Spanish, Mandarin, Hungarian, Italian and five African languages.

Tickets are on sale at the Dundas’ box office at $25; the gala night is $60 which includes wine and hors d’oeuvres. Student matinees will be held 11 a.m. on April 12 and 13. To reserve tickets call the Dundas at 393-3728 or 394-7179.

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