Music for All Times – The Bel Canto Singers

Bel Canto will be presenting its 2010 Music for All Times performances at St. Andrews’ The Kirk on Friday, May 7th at 8:00pm and Saturday, May 8th at 8:00pm. This year’s Affair is to be held under the Patronage of Sir Arthur, Deputy to the Governor General of The Bahamas and Lady Joan Foulkes. Tickets are $35. These concerts mark The Bel Canto Singers’ fifth anniversary. The concerts will be recorded as the group endeavors to reach more persons through the sale of compact discs (CD’s). The events promises to be enjoyable as music from various countries and periods will be performed.

The Bel Canto Singers are fortunate to present international recitalist and operatic soprano, Carmen Balthrop, as the featured artist for this Concert Series.

Mr. Eldridge McPhee directs the vocal ensemble of 16 singers. He is again about to fulfill another one of his visions: to bring a consortium of music to the Bahamian stage. When the evening opens, the audience will be thrilled with a rendition of Gloria by modern-day composer, Randall Bass; Mark Haye’s All Creatures of Our God and King; Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing arranged by Mack Wilberg. This has been performed by the internationally renowned Morman Tabernacle Choir, and is a choral masterpiece. This year, the singers will present various forms of Spirituals by some of the world’s leading composers such as Moses Hogan, Hal Johnson, Norman Luboff and Jester Hairston, arrangements in beautiful six and eight part harmonies that highlight the rich and robust singing style that Bel Canto Singers Bahamas has become well known for executing.

Mr. Dionne Cunningham, an accomplished and lettered musician, who is quickly making a name for himself in this community, will accompany the group. Mr. Cunningham will again thrill our patrons with his competent renditions of works by Beethoven for piano.

Mr. McPhee comments… “For the past three years, I have been realizing my vision; to work with individuals, through musical productions, to have an impact on the lives of our members thereby impacting their communities.  The mark of a good leader is one who is disciplined, and after having studied music for some 35 years, I know that talent and discipline create success.  This formula is not unique to music.”

International performing artist Lee B. Callender, pianist – vocal and piano coach said Bel Canto exemplifies its Italian name, “beautiful singing” at its best. This group with its rich full bodied expressive sound is a delight to the ear – An exhilarating, captivating listening experience.”?

Bel Canto Singers, through its annual production of Christmastide has raised more than $47,000 net for charities including The AIDS Foundation over the past five yuletide seasons.

Mr. Mcphee further comments… “I have seen BCS members grow as musicians as well as husbands, wives and partners and parents.  More importantly, I have seen members of this group come to learn and to understand what it means to become points of light, in their workplaces, churches, civic organizations and at play.”

Bel Canto completed its first international concert, which was held in Columbia, South Carolina on April 27th, 2008.  Dr. Sandra Teel, Min. of Music and St. Simon and St. Jude Episcopal Church said, “It was a marvelous pleasure to welcome such a professional, talented group to perform for us. The breadth of repertoire was fantastic – from Broadway to the stairway to heaven. How wonderful! And I’m looking forward to our next (and annual) event!”

… another patron said, “The sound of the group was unparalleled. I could hardly believe my ears – so few voices, such a powerful sound.”

For tickets or further information, please write us at info@mbproductionsbahamas.com or call us at 242.376.2772 or 242.431.6440.

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