On Saturday November 29, the Saint Lucia School of Music (SLSM) delighted patrons with a top class concert of Argentine Tango music. Headlining the event was Lorena Guillen the Argentinian vocalist who was accompanied by her husband, Alejandro Rutty on bass guitar and on the new Bechstein grand piano of the SLSM.
The surprise opening act of the night, was six year old David Melville performing "Little Sonata" and the Oscar Peterson "Jazz Etude" on the piano. The rapturous applause he received expressed how the audience felt about his performance. A few jitters aside his was a performance that set the tone for what would be a great evening of music.
There was also a performance by the SLSM director, Richard Payne on piano who made his fingers dance all over the keys, to let out some wonderful music. The accompaniment by musicians such as Marie Medina on violin, Wagner Trindade on guitar, Fernando Martinez Lopez on percussion, Lukas Hein on saxophone and Andreya Nicholson, voice added to precision and creativity that emanated. Performer Gene Lawrence was also not to be outdone on the night.
For Lorena Guillen’s part her vocals expressed every passion of the music, from the despair of being jilted to the joy of a child's kite dancing in the wind. She and Rutty guided the packed-out audience through an ensemble of traditional Argentine Tango music, from its humble beginnings in the 1910s in Buenos Aires through its evolution over the decades and the injection of young, new blood in the '70s.
This benefit concert was the first performance in the SLSM's new concert hall at the Golden Palm Event Centre in the Alfiona Plaza behind Rodney Heights Super J supermarket, kindly donated by Michael Chastanet.
Fortunately for music afficionados, especially of the Latin genre, more concerts are planned for 2015 in the SLSM series entitled Music Box. Stay tuned!
Left to right: Mr and Mrs Stephen McNamara, Charles Cadet and Joyce Auguste among the audience.
SLSM director Richard Payne (third from right) and the artists.
Young musicians thrilled the crowd.
Gene Lawrence (far left), Fred Devaux (center) and Michael Chastanet (far right).
The Mexican Ambassador (c) was in attendance.