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NSSO presents Pan on a Higher Note in Tobago

The Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism continues its successful series of concerts in celebration of our nation’s 50th Anniversary of Independence, when the National Steel Symphony Orchestra (NSSO) takes centre-stage in weekend performances in Tobago.

Pan on a Higher Note, featuring the NSSO and Tobago’s highly acclaimed vocalist, Kay Alleyne, is scheduled to unfold at the Signal Hill Secondary School Auditorium, on Saturday October 6, starting at 8.00PM.

Showcasing a wide selection of music, from national songs to international and regional classics, the concert was previously performed earlier this year, as part of jubilee celebrations at the National Academy for the Performing Arts, North and at the Naparima Bowl in San Fernando.

For this weekend’s Tobago leg of the concert, Alleyne would add her rich and commanding vocals to the set, ably accompanied by the members of the NSSO.

Jessel Murray, artistic director and conductor of the NSSO has been hard at work taking the musicians through rigourous rehearsals for the trip.

“This will be our second visit to Tobago and if it’s going to be anything like the first, we can look forward to a very warm reception”, he offered.

“The orchestra always strives to delight in its two-fold pursuit of entertainment and education, which our audiences seem to appreciate”, he ended.

 G-tenor player, Kareem Brown has captained the NSSO for the past four years.

 “Apart from the main show, the orchestra will also do a special performance and workshop for schools during which we will highlight the versatility of the G-pans”, he said, referring to the recently developed Genesis pans.

“Performing is our passion, but doing outreach sessions with the young people is also extremely rewarding for the orchestra”, said Brown.

Saturday’s concert at the Signal Hill Secondary School is free to the public. However, tickets will be distributed on Friday October 5, on a first come, first served basis.

For further information about tickets and the NSSO schools performance, please call the Culture Division’s Neal Devonish: 686-5458 or Marlon De Bique: 481-2350

About the National Steel Symphony Orchestra:

Formed in 2007 and currently operating under the direct supervision of the Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism, the NSSO comprises some 30 pannists, almost all of whom are tertiary-level trained musicians. As part of its mandate, the NSSO performs at official State functions and conducts training and outreach projects in schools throughout Trinidad and Tobago. Currently, the orchestra uses the G-pan (Genesis) innovation – an instrument which affords a wider musical range and fuller sound than its immediate forerunner. Jessel Murray is the orchestra’s artistic director and conductor.

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