2015 Line Up

Thursday, December 10

Performance Time: 5:30PM


Independence Square, Bridgetown


SONS OF SERENDIP

Presented as part of the JetBlue Masterclass Series in collaboration with the Royal Commonwealth Society – Barbados Branch

Duration:  60 minutes

Program Summary
Sons of Serendip (SoS) is a classical/neo-soul/R&B fusion quartet that, through a series of serendipitous circumstances, came together in graduate school at Boston University. After auditioning for America’s Got Talent, SoS quickly became an audience favorite and won 4th place in the 2014 competition.

In January 2015 they released their debut album, which placed on several Billboard charts. The group went on to perform throughout the Americas and opened shows for such luminaries as John Legend and Jay Leno. This summer, they received a prestigious invitation—which even the most esteemed musicians wait decades to achieve—to perform with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at and, again, with the Boston Pops at their July 4 Fireworks Spectacular in front of tens of thousands of fans.

Micah Christian, a teacher from Randolph, Massachusetts, is the lead vocalist of the group; Cordaro Rodriguez, an attorney from Charlotte, North Carolina, is the pianist and guitarist; Kendall Ramseur, a performer, cello instructor, and grocery clerk from Charlotte, North Carolina, is the cellist and vocalist; and Mason Morton, a teacher from Atlanta, Georgia, is the harpist for the quartet. They have each been playing their instruments since childhood but came together to begin what they hope will be a long, beautiful journey of creating music that touches people’s hearts. They hope that their music will resonate deeply with listeners and that, in some way, it will make their lives a little better—even if just for a moment.

Sons of Serendip: Quartet Covers “Wicked Game”

Friday, December 11

Doors: 6:00 PM • First Performance: 7:00 PM


Apes Hill Club, St. James, Barbados

Orchestra Performance

NEW HOLLYWOOD: A FILM NIGHT ENCORE!

Duration:  105 minutes

Program Summary
Don your high fashion and celebrate the magic of contemporary Hollywood as never before: in HD on sophisticated big screens with a live performance of the dazzling film scores you love from the festival’s all-star orchestra and a special appearance by world-class storyteller and iconic Barbadian artist Mighty Gabby! By very popular demand, Maestro Thomas Wilkins, Principal Conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, returns to lead an all new program celebrating the glamour, films, and music of contemporary Hollywood.

Experience the ultimate surround-sound event as the music scores you love come alive while you watch original montages on a towering screen above the orchestra. Don’t miss the cinematic and musical event and vibrant atmosphere that left Barbados residents and visitors awe-struck last season.

The Mighty Gabby will be a featured soloist to premiere an orchestral arrangement of “Emmerton” by acclaimed conductor Charles Floyd who most often works with the Boston Symphony and the LA Phil.

This multimedia evening is produced by the award-winning filmmaker Susie Dangel, who is known for creating magical film nights at the Boston Symphony Pops.

John Williams            Superman March
Max Steiner               King Kong Overture
Leonard Bernstein    Mambo from West Side Story
Alex North                  Suite from Streetcar Named Desire
Henry Mancini           Moon River: Breakfast at Tiffany’s
John Barry                  The Best of Bond
Richard Strauss         Fanfare from 2001: A Space Odyssey
John Williams            Star Wars Main Theme
John Williams            Yoda’s Theme From Star Wars
Miklos Rozsa             Parade of the Charioteers: Ben Hur
James Horner            Braveheart
Lord Burgess             Day-O
Anthony Carter         Emmerton
Hans Zimmer            Suite from the Pirates of the Caribbean

Opening Performance

Violinist Tai Murray & Pianist Deborah DeWolf Emery Perform Classical Hits!

Duration:  45 minutes

Program Summary
After a smash performance at the 2014 Classical/Pops Festival, violinist Tai Murray returns for an encore performance with piano virtuoso Deborah DeWolf Emery. Performing a selection of classical hits still beloved after the better part of a century, audiences are sure to hear composers and pieces they love…

…including noted film composer Franz Waxman’s “Carmen Fantasie,” based on the most often performed opera in the international repertoire; Béla Bartók, one of the most important composers of the 20th century; and Maurice Ravel’s virtuosic fiddle piece “Tzigane.”

Program
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Tzigane – Rapsodie de Concert (1924)

Ernest Chausson (1855-1899)
Poème Op. 25

Béla Bartók (1881-1945)
Romanian Folk Dances
I. Joc Cu Bata – “Dance With Sticks”
II. Braul – “Waistband Dance”
III. Pe Loc – “Stamping Dance”
IV. Buciumeana – “Hornpipe Dance”
V. Poarca Romanesca – “Rumanian Polka”
VI. Maruntel – “Quick Dance”

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Pièce en forme de Habanera (arr. Georges Catherine)

Franz Waxman (1906-1967)
Carmen Fantasie

About Tai Murray

Described as “superb” by The New York Times, violinist Tai Murray is establishing herself a musical voice of a generation. Appreciated for her elegance and effortless ability, Murray creates a special bond with listeners through her mature phrasing and subtle sweetness. Her programming reveals musical intelligence. Murray was a winner of an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2004 and was named a BBC New Generation Artist (2008 through 2010). She remains heavily in demand for orchestral engagements and recitals alike, currently performing extensively throughout the UK, France, Germany, Austria, and the United States.

About Deborah DeWolf Emery

Deborah DeWolf Emery’s career as a pianist began early, with a prize-winning performance in her first piano competition in Chicago at the age of eight. By the time she entered the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, she had an impressive resume of awards won as a soloist.  While at Oberlin, where she studied with John Perry and Jack Radunsky, Deborah discovered the joys of chamber music and has had the pleasure of performing all over the world in collaboration with a very long list of musicians drawn from major orchestras, chamber groups, and music schools, as well as notable soloists. As one of the pianists with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, she has been privileged to work with many eminent conductors and composers and has performed in the major halls of Europe, South America, Japan, Hong Kong, and the United States.

Deborah has collaborated on recordings with the Hawthorne String Quartet, trumpeter Charles Schlueter, double bassist Edwin Barker, trombonist Douglas Yeo, and flutist Wendy Rolfe, as well as participating in several recordings with the BSO.

Saturday, December 12

Doors: 6:00 PM • First Performance: 7:00 PM


Apes Hill Club, St. James, Barbados

Orchestra Performance 

SUPERSTARS OF BROADWAY

Duration: 105 minutes

Program Summary

The incomparable Audra McDonald, the most decorated Broadway performer in history, and Norm Lewis, a leading man of breathtaking range and power, sing the biggest hits from their Broadway careers—from the likes of Porgy & Bess, Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill—selections from the Great American Songbook, and the popular music that inspires them.

The Great White Way has long been considered the bastion of “real actors,” lacking the glamour and matinee good looks of…

Hollywood stars. Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis have changed all that. They’re not only the most sought-after big names currently lighting up Broadway marquees in Tony-Award-winning plays and billion-dollar mega-musicals, but they are among a very select group of extraordinarily talented entertainers equally comfortable selling out concert stages, releasing hit recordings, singing opera, and acting in television and in movies, as well as mingling with heads of state.

About Audra McDonald

Audra McDonald is unparalleled in the breadth and versatility of her artistry as both a singer and an actress. Recipient of a record-breaking six Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards, and an Emmy Award, she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2015. Aside from her Tony-winning performances in Carousel, Master Class, Ragtime, A Raisin in the Sun, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, she has appeared on Broadway in The Secret Garden, Marie Christine (Tony nomination), Henry IV, and 110 in the Shade (Tony nomination). She returns in the 2015-16 season in Shuffle Along, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed. The Juilliard-trained soprano’s opera credits include La voix humaine and Send at Houston Grand Opera, and Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at Los Angeles Opera. On television, she was seen by millions as the Mother Abbess in NBC’s The Sound of Music Live! and played Dr. Naomi Bennett on ABC’s Private Practice. She won an Emmy Award for her role as host of PBS’s Live From Lincoln Center, having previously received nominations for Wit and A Raisin in the Sun. Other TV credits include The Good Wife, Homicide: Life on the Street, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years, The Bedford Diaries, Kidnapped, and the 1999 remake of Annie. On film, she has appeared in Seven Servants, The Object of My Affection, Cradle Will Rock, It Runs in the Family, The Best Thief in the World, She Got Problems, Rampart, and, most recently, Ricki and the Flash. An exclusive recording artist for Nonesuch Records, she has released five solo albums for the label. McDonald also maintains a major career as a concert artist, regularly appearing on the great stages of the world and with leading international orchestras. An outspoken advocate for civil rights, marriage equality, and at-risk and underprivileged youth, she sits on the boards of Covenant House International. Of her many roles, her favorites are the ones performed offstage: wife to her husband, actor Will Swenson, and mother to her daughter, Zoe Madeline.

About Norm Lewis

Norm Lewis made history in 2014 as the first African-American Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. His most recent television appearances include CBS’s Blue Bloods and his recurring role as Senator Edison Davis on ABC’s drama Scandal. He received Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations for his performance as Porgy in the Broadway production of the Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess. Mr. Lewis had a year-long run in London as Javert in the West End production of Les Misérables, and he performed in that role in the Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Concert. His other Broadway credits include Sondheim on Sondheim with Vanessa Williams and Barbara Cook, The Little Mermaid, Les Misérables (for which he received a Drama League nomination), Chicago, Amour, The Wild Party, Bill Russell’s Side Show, Miss Saigon, and The Who’s Tommy. Off-Broadway and regionally, Mr. Lewis has performed in Dessa Rose (Drama Desk nomination, AUDELCO Award), Shakespeare in the Park’s The Tempest and Two Gentlemen of Verona (Drama League nomination), Captains Courageous, A New Brain, Ragtime, Dreamgirls, First You Dream, Sweeney Todd, and The Fantasticks. Norm Lewis’s film credits include Winter’s Tale, Sex and the City 2, Confidences, and Preaching to the Choir. Mr. Lewis’ solo debut album, This Is the Life, is available on Amazon.

Opening Performance 

TIME FOR THREE

Duration: 60 minutes

Program Summary
An American trio consisting of violinist Zach De Pue, violinist Nick Kendall, and double-bassist Ranaan Meyer, Time for Three (Tf3) defies traditional genre classification, happily and infectiously. The group, once fellow students at the most selective higher learning institution in the United States…

—Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music—performs music from Bach to the Beatles and beyond with an uncommon mix of virtuosity and showmanship. Their sounds have graced intimate and large venues alike, ranging from Carnegie Hall to TV’s Dancing with the Stars.

Tf3 has captivated crowds around the world with their performances of chamber classics, originals, and their own arrangements of everything from bluegrass and folk tunes to ingenious mash-ups of hits by the Beatles, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, and more.”Simply put, they’re a knockout! Three benevolent monsters, monsters of ability and technique surely. But also conveyers of an infectious joy that I find both touching and moving. I would recommend them not only for entertainment value, but also for anyone looking to see how all types of American music can develop, when life and passion such as this are breathed into it.” —Sir Simon Rattle

Time For Three: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert