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The National Steel Symphony Orchestra to perform with the National Symphony Orchestra of the US
Fresh from performances at last month’s SteelfesTT, the National Steel Symphony Orchestra (NSSO) is gearing up once more to take the stage with yet another visiting international act – this time, the National Symphony Orchestra of the United States (NSO).
In what is expected to be a session of delightful music featuring the works of a range of local and international composers, the NSSO will perform with the percussive section of the National Symphony Orchestra on Friday June 15 at the National Academy for the Performing Arts.
The NSSO, which falls under the direct supervision of the Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism, comprises some 30 musicians, most of whom are university-trained. Since its inception in 2007, the steel orchestra, under the musical direction of Jessel Murray, has earned commendations for its successful concerts, nationally and internationally. Most memorable among them are “Genesis in Steel” as part of NAPA Fest in 2010, appearances in Guyana at Carifesta X, and Costa Rica at the highly-acclaimed “Credomatic XX International Music Festival, where the orchestra won sustained applause and standing ovations for their skill and execution.
Specially targeted at students of primary and secondary schools and music students throughout the country, Friday’s concert with the National Symphony Orchestra will expose the youth to the pleasing sound of the innovative G-pans, as they blend with other percussive orchestral instruments.
The visit by the National Symphony Orchestra of the US is being facilitated through the combined efforts of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and the United States Embassy, in honour of Trinidad and Tobago’s 50th anniversary of Independence.
Friday’s concert is scheduled to run for approximately one hour from 11.30AM and will take place at The Lord Kitchener (Aldwyn Roberts) Auditorium of the National Academy for the Performing Arts.
The Communications Unit