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Classical Pops for Apes Hill stage


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ORGANISERS are promising “an occasion to remember” when Classical Pops makes its local debut in December.

​The “world-class” entertainment event will be held at the luxury Apes Hill Club, St James.

Classical Pops is about an orchestra that plays both well-known classical works as well as contemporary popular music, accompanied by pop and rock stars, Broadway performers, opera singers, and film composers as featured guests.

The organisers are encouraging Barbadians to take in a bit of this unique event.

Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Irvin Mayfield, described as one of the most electrifying composers today, is among those appearing.

CNN’s Anderson Cooper calls him “one of America’s greatest artists”. Mayfield leads his New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO) as they introduce their swinging sound and a “party that is part jubilee and part battle royal”.

Alison Hinds will be performing as a special guest with the band.

Mayfield is one of the most decorated and recorded jazz musicians of his generation, playing to sell-out performances at Carnegie Hall and with his band stirring audiences around the world.

Thomas Wilkins will conduct an all-star orchestra and special guests as they inaugurate a new seasonal tradition.

Premiere symphonies

​​The orchestra comprises 65 members of the world’s premiere symphonies from the Boston Symphony Orchestra to the New York Philharmonic.

Wilkins is creating a special programme exclusively for the festival in Barbados that celebrates the influential, iconic and instantly recognisable scores from film music masters such as John Williams, Hans Zimmer, Leonard Bernstein and Ennio Morricone.

Hear cherished and unmistakable themes from such favourite movie scores as Schindler’s List, Superman, James Bond, On The Waterfront and Pirates Of The Caribbean.

Patrons can also expect to be dazzled by high-flying fantasy and wonderment soars throughout the festival grounds, turning the concert into an entertainment extravaganza.

Harpist Ann Hobson Pilot will collaborate with violinist Tai Murray and Argentinian bandoneon player and composer J. P. Jofre to perform the music of Astor Piazzolla, while Alison Buchanan, a soprano with Barbadian roots, is planning to give the audience something to remember.

Highlighting the versatility of the event will be dancer Lil Buck, who will bring his unique improvisation and intricate freestyle footwork.

The festival begins on Thursday, December 11, with community events across the island. The big open shows will follow the next two days with the culmination on the Sunday with an invitation-only event. (ES)




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