NMS closes 50th anniversary season with an all-Bahamian lineup
The Vice Versa Trio, JoAnn and Lee Callender, the University of The Bahamas (UB) Concert Choir and Rhythm N’ Youth comprise an all-Bahamian lineup scheduled for the Nassau Music Society’s (NMS) 50th Anniversary Season finale concert.
The concert which celebrates 50 years of music, education and outreach is a rare opportunity to enjoy a diverse lineup of Bahamian talent performing back-to-back on Sunday, April 28 at St. Paul’s Church, Western Road, 5 p.m. for 5:30 p.m.
The Vice Versa band is a vibrant group of musicians with a repertoire that covers a fusion of musical genres including R&B, pop, soul, calypso and other Caribbean musical styles with a primary concentration on traditional jazz. They perform in various combos from single piano or steel pan performances up to a full eight-piece band.
Clinton Crawford (pianist/lead male vocalist), Naomi Taylor-Crawford (lead female vocalist) and Ralph Munnings (alto/tenor sax; flute) deliver high-level performances and have become quite popular for their spirited “Live by Request” jazz shows.
JoAnn DeVeaux-Callender, a soprano, has been singing since the age of three, and has performed around the world. Most notably, she sang the role of Sister Josetta in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in the October 1985 production of the Bahamian folk opera “The Legend of Sammie Swain”, and reprised the role in October 2013.
She has performed with the Florence South Carolina Orchestra; University of Miami Orchestra; Chamber Orchestra of Nazareth College, Rochester, New York; and the Moscow Soloists Orchestra.
Callender is currently the adjunct faculty as vocal instructor at UB.
Her husband, Lee Callender, began piano lessons at the age of six under the tutelage of his grandfather, the late Timothy Gibson, composer of the National Anthem.
Callender has performed in the Caribbean, the United States and Europe and is featured as a piano soloist on the fifth anniversary release of the Bahamas National Youth Choir.
The UB Concert Choir under the directorship of Dr. Paul Jones has thrilled audiences with the choir’s diverse repertoire, but especially with its vibrant Bahamian folk music full of syncopated rhythms, choreography and storytelling.
Rhythm N’ Youth is a professional musical and cultural program that is predicated on the education and preservation of authentic Bahamian culture with a specialty in rake n’ scrape music, led by Nathaniel J. Adams Jr. Students gain exposure, experience and enrichment through the program and become Bahamian ambassadors through travel and cultural representation.
The group has performed extensively in The Bahamas and internationally at the United Nations Headquarters, Poughkeepsie, New York; Tallahassee, Florida; Greensboro, North Carolina; Washington, D.C.; and Norfolk, Virginia.
Concert tickets are: NMS bronze members, $20; non-members, $30; students, $10; and NMS silver members and above, free.
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