The Star (St. Lucia) - Life Begins 2 Nite - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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