Dr. the Honourable Nyan Gadsby-Dolly and Donald Dolly with Dr. Roger J. Henry, Musical Director of the National Philharmonic Orchestra at Neighbourhood Connections
Inspired by the strong creativity and artistic excellence of music in the communities, “Neighbourhood Connections” hosted by the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts, showcased the work of the National Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Steel Symphony Orchestra of Trinidad and Tobago in three premier concerts at the Exodus Pan yard in Tunapuna on May 13-15, 2016.
The dynamic performances were punctuated with the work of celebrated and accomplished local musicians and artists through musical arrangements, composed music and instrumentals. These included Lord Kitchener’s Pan in Harmony, Mungal Patasar’s Dreadlocks, Bunji Garlin’s Differentology, Olatunji Yearwood’s Ola, Ella Andall’s The Power, and Majorie Padmore’s God Bless Our Nation which drew widespread applause and appreciation from the audience.
Kareem Brown, Captain of the National Steel Symphony Orchestra with Keegan Keller and other members of NSSO
The National Philharmonic Orchestra led by Dr. Roger Henry with members of the Orchestra
Audiences were enthralled by the superb solo performances of Adafih Padmore’s rendition of Summer time, Natalia Dopwell and Llettesha Sylvester’s rendering of the Magnificat and Arthur Jason Peters’s soulful performance of My Way on the G-Pan. There was a special piece by Ilori Waithe of the Exocubs.
The Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts was pleased to facilitate this programme which provided a wonderful opportunity to partner with artists in the community, expose families to world-class performances, and foster an appreciation and awareness of the G-Pan, and classical and symphonic music.