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It is not that contrasting musical
genres don t ordinarily mix. But it
is entirely possible for connoisseurs
of one or the other to feel vic-
timised by a virtual state of unnat-
ural miscegenation whenever it is
attempted. In the end, personal
Most members of the sizeable
audience at dramatic soprano Anne
Fridal s tribute to Lord Kitchener --
Anne Fridal Sings Kitchener -
would not have tolerated visible dis-
sent, so there were others who wait-
ed silently for a final, merciful flour-
ish.Had a light shower (Rainorama!)
not deferred an 8.30 pm start at
Fiesta Plaza in Movietowne last Sat-
urday, it would have been an earlier
flight for a small number of detrac-
tors who whispered, to cite one
example, that while Fridal and bari-
tone Marvin Smith possessed
superbly tuned voices and are
accomplished in their own right,
the evening s rendition of Lord
Kitchener s Bees Melody contained
more than a brutally painful sting.
It might be that among the secrets
of the late composer s musical excel-
lence was his ability to fuse rhythm,
melody and harmony to paint multi-
layered mental pictures of otherwise
simple lyrical messages.
The humming of the bees in
Kitch s original version arranged by
Boyie Mitchell, for example, is
against the backdrop of a staccato
horn section and percussive key
strokes. In the process, the bees
come ominously at you and you are
afraid that "de killer bee bite me."
That was what Mitchell had clearly
Not that anyone expected a full
horn section or Renegades-style
engine room, but the Fridal/Smith
version strips the song of its principal
rhythmic and harmonic elements
and the poetic intent of the melod-
ically-beautiful composition dies.
It was not until pianist, Charles
Brunner, delivered a soulful rendition
of Pan in A Minor did the Kitch
purists come alive.
By then accomplished pannist,
Luke Walker and violinist Inge
Schluer had already delivered com-
petent interpretations of some
Kitchener classics including Schluer s
stoic rendition of the rather naughty
All along, Faye Husbands on the
drums and a double bass player pro-
vided patient accompaniment.
Then came the late composer s
post-Carnival classic, The Carnival
is Over, the beauty of which is cap-
tured in its original rendition through
the use of a nostalgic "last lap"
refrain in the form of a horn line
that harks back to the rhythms of
a joyous event just ended.
Fridal s doleful interpretation
however bore no reminder of recent
joy. What was delivered was a
pedantic rendition of one of Lord
Kitchener s most beautifully haunt-
ing melodies minus the nuanced
musical elements that made it great.
There was no doubting the pro-
fessional excellence of the performers
on stage, but capturing the spirit of
the late musician s work was never
intended to be an easy task.
Shades of Kitch
A A C
The north committee of the T&T
Music Festival Association is hosting
the Youth Festival for Secondary School
aged students at Queens Hall from
March 10 to 15.
A similar festival is also being held by
the Association s south committee. These
events follow one hosted by the Tobago
committee in 2014, and are meant to
bridge the gap created by the absence
of the biennial T&T Music Festival from
the 2014 cultural calendar.
A release from the committee said,
"young people who missed the T&T
Music Festival in 2012, and who may
graduate before the next one carded for
2016, will now have the opportunity to
experience the joy and excitement of
preparing, presenting and competing
with their peers, and having their per-
formances appraised and rewarded by
professionals and enjoyed by other stu-
dents and members of the public."
The release also said the recently
established north committee has worked
hard to ensure the number of classes of
competition offered was manageable
within the time frame available to stage
the event. They also want to provide
enough choice to secure wide partici-
pation by young people.
There will be presentations in the
vocal solo, duet and trio classes; sec-
ondary school choir classes; piano, violin
and recorder classes; and steelpan solo
and ensemble classes, which will be well
produced and of high calibre, providing
a satisfying, interim mini festival expe-
rience leading up to the full national
festival in 2016.
The five-day programme which runs
adjudicated by conductor, composer and
educator, Dr Roger Henry, who is cur-
rently serving as Programme Leader for
the BFA in the Performing Arts (Music)
degree at UTT.
The committee hopes this regional
festival will rekindle public interest in
the larger national festival, which has
been part of T&T s cultural heritage for
nearly 70 years.
Festival of music
Certificates and adjudicator
awards will be presented to
winners in the following categories:
Best vocal solo (female), best
vocal solo (male), best steel pan
solo, best recorder solo, best vocal
ensemble (boys or girls), best
secondary school choir (upper
voices), best secondary school choir
(lower voices), best secondary
school folk song choir, and best
secondary school band.
Admission is $20 for adults and
$10 for students in uniform.
For information email
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