@ The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas
“I have always been a fan of cross-disciplinary happenings, so when it was decided that The Small Art Auction House was going ahead my first actions -aside from approaching visual artists for artwork- were to invite writers and musicians to the table.
Having seen Bahamas Music Conservatory tutor, Stephanie Cleare, play the violin on several occasions -particularly at The Hub’s jam session Mixed Nuts- I immediately approached her about organizing a musical component for the Welcome Mix & Mingle on the evening of the auction. It was such a pleasure when a few weeks later she informed me that 24 members of The Bahamas Music Conservatory Chamber Ensemble -from age 7 to 50- agreed to perform.
I couldn’t have asked for a better pairing. Although the Small Art Auction House event is centered around the sale of amazing artworks it is first and foremost an educational fundraiser. Therefore it is only appropriate that as I welcome the public to share in my developing skills that this collective of musicians united by the philosophy of education, training and growth be able to do the same.
I welcome you (yes, you) to arouse your senses and to not only see the art, but hear the music.
I humbly thank all of the participating musicians and look forward to an amazing performance!”
- Jon Murray,
Small Art Auction House Producer
ABOUT THE BAHAMAS MUSIC CONSERVATORY
The Scotiabank Symphony run by The Bahamas Music Conservatory has over 100 members at this time, aged from 2 and a half years old up to adult.
The philosophy of the orchestra is that it is an orchestra for developing musicians. This means that musicians of many different levels participate together, but each one has a mission and responsibility to develop and grow as a musician.
The main orchestra rehearses once every week on a Saturday afternoon.
We have special performance projects each term. This September we will begin learning our music for the Christmas Concert!
As mentioned above, the performance will take place during the Welcome Mix & Mingle of The Small Art Auction House at 6:30PM on Friday, July 13th at The Bahamas Historical Society. Some of the pieces being performed include:
“William Tell Overture Finale” by Rossini
The William Tell Overture is the instrumental introduction to the opera “William Tell” by Gioachino Rossini. William Tell premiered in 1829 and was the last of Rossini’s 39 operas. The Finale, “March of the Swiss Soldiers”, is a “cavalry charge” heralded by trumpets and played by the full orchestra. This segment is often used in popular media to denote galloping horses, a race, or a hero riding to the rescue. Its most famous use is as the theme music for the Lone Ranger.
“Allegro Orchestra” arranged by J. Connaughton
Allegro Orchestra is a full symphonic arrangement of the tunes ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ and the popular Suzuki tune ‘Allegro’. Twinkle, Twinkle little Star is a popular English lullaby: the lyrics are from the poem ‘The Star’ by Jane Taylor (1806). The lyrics are sung to a French folk tune known as ‘Ah! vous dirai-je, Maman’ (Ah! Will I tell you Mommy!) (1761). Mozart later published a famous set of variations on this tune.
“Frere Jacques” Traditional
This French folk tune will be performed by the BMC in a dramatic round. The violas and second violins start with an eerie drone followed by the first violins on the melody. The piece builds in the form of a round when the cellos and doubles bases come in with the same melody creating a heavy, striking sound. The brass and wind enter on the last round easing the tension slightly and as the sections trickle off, the end, although same as the beginning, seems slightly less eerie but no less dramatic.
ORCHESTRA PERFORMING AT THE SMALL ART AUCTION HOUSE
Koda Major, 7
Stephanie Cleare (tutor)
Cleopatra Chea (returning student)
Aldwyn Hogg (returning student)
Georgia Martel, 13
Deja Forbes, 8
Ariadne Roker-Tynes, 8
Laresha Johnson, 8
Koda Major, 7
Dishan Anderson, 15
Alexandra Bain, 15
Christopher Bain, 8
Imani Davis 9
Hollie Major, 12
Alysha Wells, 9
Kameron Major, 13
Jacovia McKenzie, 10
Timothy Linden, 18
Israel John, 16
Ann Chea (mom)
Daniel Jaggesar, 15
Aldwynn Hogg (returning student)
Alexandria Chea, 14
Sarah Jaggersar (returning student)
Jayden Wells, 7