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It may be argued that famous
composer the late George Gersh-
win and famous pan player/com-
poser our own Len "Boogsie"
Sharpe are both innovators of a
new music considered as neither
classical nor popular, but draws
its techniques from many sources
and forms of musical knowledge.
Evidence of the similarity was
observed at Pan On A Higher Note
2014, staged by the Ministry of
the Arts and Multiculturalism at
the National Academy for the Per-
forming Arts (Napa) in Port-of-
Spain, on Saturday night, under
the theme From Gershwin To
The programme consisted of
performances by the National Steel
Symphony Orchestra (NSSO),
operatic soprano Jeanine De Bique,
pianist Sean Sutherland, and a spe-
cial appearance by Sharpe with
the NSSO showcasing three of his
compositions--- Rain Forest (2000),
Sunday Morning Funk (1999), and
Pan Rising (1986).
The playbill opened with the 31-
member NSSO under the baton
of conductor/artistic director Jessel
Murray doing Edward Elgar s Pomp
and Circumstance March No 1 with
its famous Land of Hope and Glory
theme. Then followed an outstand-
ing rendition of Samuel Barber s
haunting Adagio (for Strings), after
which the orchestra gave spirited
life to Franz von Suppe s Overture
to Poet and Peasant.
Making her debut appearance
with the NSSO, De Bique intro-
duced Gershwin s music. Once
described by the Washington Post
as an artiste "of dramatic presence
and vitality," the talented opera
performer used her powerful vocals
to give glorious renditions of Sum-
mertime and My Man s Gone Now,
from Gershwin s legendary opera
Porgy and Bess.
Sutherland then took centre
stage to deliver a fantastic display
of piano artistry in offering Gersh-
win s Rhapsody in Blue, accom-
panied by the orchestra. The St
Vincent-born artiste, who now
resides in Canada, may be remem-
bered for his superb 2011 perform-
ance with the NSSO of
Tchaikovsky s Piano Concerto No
1. After the interval, De Bique
returned to offer the Emancipation
Suite--- a tripartite set of Afro-
American spirituals inclusive of O
What A beautiful City, Roun
About De Mountain, and Ain t
That Good News. She closed with
the Marjorie Padmore-composed
national song God Bless Our
Boogsie then joined the orchestra
for the performance of Rain Forest
which he composed for Skiffle
Bunch to compete in, and win, the
World Steelband Festival in 2000.
It was the first known performance
of the work since then. It was
scored by the NSSO, whose captain
Kareem Brown, a graduate in
Musical Arts at the University of
the West Indies (UWI) did the
editing, while Dr Jeannine Remy
provided the score percussion
According to artistic director
Murray, in the programme notes:
"The resulting work from Boogsie
is tonal, and is instantly accessible
with a seminal theme consisting
Pan On A Higher Note
ends in success of a series of descending scalar passages
that appear throughout the work and
assist in unifying it."
Boogsie then raised the roof, amazing
the audience with some deft, impro-
visatory soloing while the orchestra s
members joyfully played through the
musical scores of Sunday Morning Funk,
and Pan Rising.
A pan virtuoso, Boogsie has become
renowned as a composer and arranger.
Gershwin was widely regarded as one of
the finest composers of both popular and
classical music in the 20th century. He
wrote for Broadway musicals and the
concert hall, creating many standards in
The body of missing Cuban doc-
tor Arnaldo Java, who disappeared
while bathing at Mayaro beach on
Friday, has washed ashore.
Yesterday public relations officer
of the Coast Guard Lt Commander
Kirk Jean-Baptiste confirmed that
Java s body washed ashore at Radix
in Mayaro shortly after midday.
Java, who was assigned to the
Port-of-Spain General Hospital, dis-
appeared under the water while
bathing at Mayaro Beach on Friday
Police reports stated that Java and
Cuban nurses Daisy Sanchez and
Tania Sanchez had checked in about
4 pm on Friday at the Rash Hotel
on Gould Street, Mayaro, on Friday.
The trio then went bathing in the
water around 5 pm when Java got
into difficulties and disappeared
under the water.
Sanchez also began experiencing
difficulties in the water and was res-
cued by seabathers.
However they could not get to
Sanchez was treated at the Mayaro
Mayaro Police were contacted as
well as the Air Support Unit. Searches
were carried out along the beach to
locate Java over the past two days.
However, it was only yesterday
that the doctor s body was spotted.
PC Tahir of the Mayaro police is con-
Jean-Baptiste yesterday urged
seabathers who may choose to bath
along the East coast of T&T to exer-
cise caution and do not go into waist-
high water unless they can swim.
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