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This page provides you with information on our types of concerts, programmes and press reviews. We have included a sample “Evening of Classical Music”, an “Evening of Sacred Music” , our first major production, “The Phantom of the Opera” by Andrew Lloyd Webber in concert version and our most recent production: “Summertime” with excerpts from the American Folk Opera Porgy & Bess by George Gershwin.

Evening of Classical Music

Evening of Sacred Music

The Phantom of the Opera


Summertime

Photos courtesy of Peter Ramsay



dress rehearsal

Summertime

(Excerpts from Porgy & Bess)

 

After two months of intense and meticulous rehearsals, the Artists Guild International presented their second major production  “Summertime” on October 18-19, 2002 at The Dundas Center for the Performing Arts.

 

In October 2001, AGI produced “Phantom of the Opera” by Andrew Lloyd Webber, which was a resounding success.  For their second production, they selected excerpts from the popular American folk opera “Porgy & Bess” by George Gershwin. This opera is known for its beautiful melodies, rhythmic complexities and strong jazz influence.

 

The cast of powerful operatic voices, conducted by Antoine C. Wallace, included Joann Deveaux-Callender, soprano and William Rahming, baritone who played the principal roles of Porgy & Bess with great conviction and passion. Other performers included Ken Strachan, Nikita Thompson-Wells, Candace Bostwick, Lillian A. Bastian, Allan Butler, Dwight Dorsett, Harrison Lockhart and Ricardo Knowles. The performers displayed energy, musicality and personified the character and essence of their roles. Particular mention is made of Mr. Dwight Dorsett who delighted and entertained the audience with his moving, emotional and humorous solo “It ain’t necessarily so”.The Allegro Singers” supported the soloists with equal passion, adding to the “folk and jazz” influence required by this opera. Despite the difficulties confronted by such a large, popular, rhythmically demanding and intense work, the performers were prepared and technically secure, but yet approached Gershwin’s masterpiece with great respect. 

 

 

The musicians gave an astounding rendition of this rhythmic and complex music. Geoffrey Sturrup, who played the keyboards for both performances, skillfully arranged the music. Kendrick F. Coleby, president of AGI along with Lee Callender accompanied on the piano; while each shone individually, both exhibited their unequivocal musical talent and versatility. Other seasoned musicians included, Jan Fisher-Bachman, on violin, whose addition could only be described as magical, Douglas Turnquest on drums, and on trumpet: Lou Adams and Dennis Sturrup.

 

This production “Summertime”, which was conceived and organized by Kendrick F. Coleby, was AGI’s final production for the year 2002 and AGI is to be congratulated for attempting to produce an opera of this magnitude and difficulty with limited financial support and resources. This was certainly a performance to be remembered and this group of talented performers ought to be commended for an exceptional performance and an amazing accomplishment! Now in its fourth year of existence, the Artists Guild International is true to its mission, and once again demonstrated its ability to “Produce Quality Musical Events”, “Provide Performance Opportunities for Musicians” and “Provide Financial Assistance” to music and civic organizations. Part proceeds from this production will go to the Bahamas Red Cross Society.

 

Visit their web site at: http://artistsguildintl.tripod.com to learn more about AGI.

 

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