It’s seriously all about the brass

The Nassau Music Society (NMS) continues to bring the world of music to The Bahamas, kicking of its 51st annual concert season with two different brass experiences this weekend from brass musicians Josh Ganger and Jim Kraft, and featuring Dion Cunningham on piano at The Current: Baha Mart Gallery & Art Center and at St. Paul’s Methodist Church Hall, Western Road.

It will be an evening of modern music for brass with “Seriously Brass!” at The Current: Baha Mart Gallery & Art Center on Saturday, October 26. Selections will range from jazz to folk, presenting the melting pot of culture of America through a wide variety of compositions from composers such as George Gershwin, Eric Ewazen, Kevin McPhee and Joseph Turrin.

Ganger (Flugelhorn, B-flat, C and piccolo trumpet) and Kraft (trombone), and Cunningham (piano) will showcase virtuosity on their instruments as they present a concert featuring mostly American composers.

During the concert, Ganger will perform on different trumpets, each creating its own unique sound. He will even perform all of them on one piece – Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”.

Concert goers are invited to arrive at The Current Gallery early to give themselves time to take in June Collie’s solo exhibition “Apartment Therapy” and sip on the complimentary wine that will be served before the concert kicks off at 7 p.m.

After the “Seriously Brass!” concert, Baha Mar has extended 20 percent off meals at Cleo, Fi’lia, Katsuya, Regatta Buffet and 3 Tides Fish House; as well as 50 percent of their first cocktail at The Jazz Bar for concert patrons. Reservations are recommended, and concert patrons are to present their concert ticket stub to claim the special offers.

On Sunday, the trio will present “Brass Classics” highlighting a range of music from the traditional baroque to selections from the 21st century in their second concert of the weekend. Ganger will showcase the variety of modern trumpets and their tone colors. Composers to be featured include Turrin, Kevin McKee, Erik Larson, Arcangelo Corelli and Herbert L. Clarke for the St. Paul’s Methodist Church Hall concert on Western Road, with the concert experience at 5:30 p.m. A meet and greet takes place after the non-intermission performance.

Following the “Brass Classics” concert, patrons can complete their evening with a post-concert dinner at Mahogany House where they’re being offered a two-for-one aperitif special and/or a complimentary glass of Prosecco with dinner; at Spritz Restaurant & Bar, four dining NMS members can enjoy a complimentary bottle of wine; The Captain’s Table is offering a two-for-one glass or bottle of house wine with dinner. Again, reservations are recommended and concert patrons have to present their concert ticket stub/membership card to claim the special offers.

Tickets for both concerts are $35, NMS members; $40, non-members; and $10, students at NMS online at thenassaumusicsociety.org/tickets; or at Custom Computers – Cotton Tree Plaza, Old Fort Town Centre and Cable Beach; or at the door on the evening of the concerts.

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Shavaughn Moss

Shavaughn Moss joined The Nassau Guardian as a sports reporter in 1989. She was later promoted to sports editor. Shavaughn covered every major athletic championship from the CARIFTA to Central American and Caribbean Championships through to World Championships and Olympics. Shavaughn was appointed as the Lifestyles Editor a few years later.

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