Arts & Culture

High-energy set from the University Chorale

Thursday, April 12, 2018

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THE University Chorale is hailing their recent concert season, which ran from April 6 to 8 at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts at the University of the West Indies' Mona campus, as a success.

The choir's public relations officer, Oshin Levy noted that the occasion was a refreshing evening of high-energy performances, vibrant crowd interaction and an eclectic blend of music, beautifully complemented by choreography by Michael Holgate.

“Sunday evening's presentation was special because it highlighted a cause — autism awareness — and attracted more individuals from different spheres of society. Also, the song selections were more diverse, which patrons appreciated. There wasn't one stand-out act, but several pieces that resonated well with the audience. Patrons loved the Broadway piece Rumour in St Petersburg and the folk section was a big hit which included songs such as Politrix, Rukumbine and Lizzie Jane. Also, the dancehall piece was highly enjoyed by the audience,” Levy told the Jamaica Observer.

The PR officer said that, while there was a good turnout of patrons, it could have been better. This, she surmises, was a result of the culmination of carnival festivities that took place last Sunday en route to the show.

“Many patrons arrived late, while some opted to stay home to avoid traffic congestion in the Corporate Area, or the hike in transport costs from taxi operators on the day,” said Levy.

The University Chorale is already looking to next year's concert season.

“Next year's staging will be no less amazing. Going forward, we do plan to put more mass media promotion into the event and continue to promote autism awareness as JASA (Jamaica Autism Support Association) continues to be our charity of choice,” she added.

The University Chorale comprises 35 members who are all students of the University of the West Indies.

— Richard Johnson

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