The trumpet is an instrument of many moods and attendees at the latest Music on the Menu event have a chance to experience every side of the instrument.
The latest concert, dubbed Music on the Menu – A Trumpeter’s Lullaby, takes place on Thursday, 4 October, at Luca, the restaurant at Caribbean Club on Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman.
Local trumpeter Gene Welch has played with the Cayman Islands Police Band and the Cayman National Orchestra and boasts a rich background in music, with stints in University Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and New River Valley Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with artists such as Eric Whitacre, John Hollenbeck, Tim Ries and Jonathan Kreisberg. Gene also performed Verdi’s Requiem with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. Since joining Cayman International School in 2010 as director of bands, he has led the bands all over Cayman as well as Harvard and Boston colleges.
Accompanying the talented Gene is Glem Inanga, a fantastically-talented pianist and passionate supporter of the arts. Glen is well-renowned for his exceptionally expressive way of performing and has the important day job as senior lecturer in music at the University College of the Cayman Islands. Glen’s also co-founder and artistic director of the Cayman Arts Festival, under which umbrella the Music on the Menu series operates.
The event is billed as “a lyrical journey through the trumpet repertoire”. From the traditional sounds of Bach and Haydn to the modern approach of Persechetti and Peaslee, the audience will experience the subtler side of the instrument. The Caribbean Club generously is allowing Music on the Menu the use of its baby grand piano.
The 2012/2013 season is being sponsored by SteppingStones and more dinner concerts are planned during the coming months.
“SteppingStones proudly sponsors the amazing Music on the Menu series, opening the door for an exciting future for the Cayman Youth Choir,” says Milly Serpell. “We are thrilled to be part of this initiative for the development of excellence in music in Cayman.”
All proceeds go to the youth choir.
Pamela McDonough says that Music on the Menu endeavours to present talented local and visiting musicians to the island’s music lovers in an informal and relaxed setting.
“The fantastic and ever supportive staff at Luca will provide the location for October’s concert where guests gather for cocktail and canapes before being seated for the performance,” she says.
Immediately afterward, a three-course dinner with wine is served. All this is included in the $100 ticket.
“There is nothing quite like this happening on a regular basis on the island and the volunteers at Cayman Arts Festival are very happy to see how popular an event it has become. In fact, the Box Office has already sold out for this October’s concert,” she tells us.
However, chaps, do not dismay just yet for you can still contact Cayman Arts Festival volunteers for more information or to add names to a waiting list.
Contact the festival by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.