Heather Nova
Heather Nova
NOT THE UM UM PLAYERS

8, 9, 10 and 11 Jan:

City Hall Theatre

The opportunity to participate in the Bermuda Festival's contribution to the anniversary celebrations

proved irresistible to this infamous local comedy troupe - or at least most of them. Bruce Barritt, Fred Barritt, Chris Broadhurst and Tim Taylor will kick off the events with an irreverent look at Bermuda's past and present.

CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL CHOIR OXFORD

13 and 14 Jan:

Ruth Seaton James Centre - January 13

St. John's Church (Pembroke) - January 14

Daring and adventurous musical programming is the hallmark of this illustrious choir from Oxford, England. Unique in the fact that it is both Cathedral and College choir, the intimate acoustic of its musical home, Oxford's 12th century Cathedral, provides a natural setting for its early sacred music, yet the choir is equally renowned for the rhythm and vigour of contemporary idioms as it performs the works of modern composers such as Howard Goodall.

CLIVE DRISKILL-SMITH, ORGAN

15 Jan:

St. Paul's Church (Paget)

The Festival welcomes the talented young organist Clive Driskill-Smith to perform an organ recital at St. Paul's Church, Paget. Constantly in demand for recitals, Clive balances his position as sub-organist at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, with performing recitals at prestigious venues around the world. He is also involved with teaching the young choristers and assisting with the choir at Christ Church.

COPPELIA

16 and 17 of Jan:

Ruth Seaton James Centre

Bermuda's own Civic Ballet will present the popular ballet Coppélia. First staged in Paris in 1870, Coppélia is a fun-filled ballet that tells of a doll-maker, his doll, a spirited girl and her fiancé who falls for the doll. The Bermuda production promises to be a visual delight and will be staged by Bermudians Ray Tanva, who is based in London, and Coral Waddell who is based on the Island. It will feature Bermudians now studying or working abroad professionally, as well as local dancers and the principal roles will be performed by international dancers, yet to be named.

LORD OF THE FLIES

20, 21, 22 and 23 Jan:

Ruth Seaton James Centre

William Golding's classic tale of human nature exposed, when a plane crashes on a remote island, is brilliantly dramatised in an award-winning production by the UK's Pilot Theatre in association with York Theatre Royal. Golding's disturbing and celebrated story traces the progression of the stranded

survivors from a well-behaved group of school boys, accustomed to rules and adult guidance, to a bloodthirsty, murderous tribe whose activities soon take on a more sinister significance with the discovery of 'the beast'.

RISING STARS

24 Jan:

City Hall Theatre

This concert shines the spotlight on three young Bermudian musicians who have benefited from the extraordinarily high standard of teaching on the Island. Each one shows a prodigious sense of dedication and commitment to her talent and a determination to flourish in her art. The programme opens with 11 year-old pianist Imani Woodley who has already won many prizes including a competition held at New York's Carnegie Hall. Following will be 15 year-old violinist Leidy Sinclair who has been studying at the New England Conservatory under Mary Lou Churchill and will be moving to Europe to continue her studies.

Bringing the event to a spectacular finale will be the voice of 20 year-old Kerri-Lynne Dietz. This young mezzo-soprano is a student at the Royal Academy of Music in London and is already making a name for herself there.

MOSAIC

27, 28 Jan:

City Hall Theatre

Women of Our Time - On Whose Shoulders We Stand, performed by Ruth Thomas & Company, is a celebration of 400 years of Bermudians. Written and directed by Ruth Thomas and choreographed by Conchita Ming, it will be a tribute to significant women of Bermuda - their strengths, struggles and successes.

HEATHER NOVA

30, 31 Jan:

City Hall Theatre

Heather Nova's rise to fame in the pop world in Europe is well documented and she returns to her beloved homeland to serenade local audiences in two concerts in the intimate setting of City Hall.

Heather will play a 90-minute set of material taken from her seven albums that span a 17-year career in the music industry.

Selections will include her hits Walk This World and London Rain, as well as her more intimate and introspective songs.

It promises to be a concert of diverse and compelling material by an artist known for her dynamic live performances.

CONCEPTS IN MOTION

2 Feb:

Ruth Seaton James Centre

Concepts In Motion Dance Company, under the direction of Lizz Pimentel, presents a night of dance featuring some of Bermuda's best dancers performing works by talented choreographers from around the world. The diverse programme will include some signature pieces as well as new works by a variety of choreographers including Slam, bj Sullivan, Ashley Lindsay and Bermudians Jennifer Soares, Laurie Marshall, Lauren Rowntree and Ty Barker.

ENGLISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

4, 5 Feb:

Ruth Seaton James Centre

This celebrated orchestra will return to the Island for two concerts. The first will be conducted by world-renowned conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy and will include Haydn's Cello Concerto in C with Caroline Dale as soloist. The second concert will feature youthful violinist So-Ock Kim, who has already made numerous acclaimed appearances with prestigious orchestras around the world. She will be the soloist in The Four Seasons Vivaldi's well-loved concerto. Also appearing as soloist in this performance will be one of Bermuda's favourite sons, Kenneth Amis, playing Gordon Jacob's Suite for Tuba and Orchestra. This programme will be directed by the eminent musician and conductor Roy Goodman, who is Principal Guest Conductor of the English Chamber Orchestra.

EMPIRE BRASS QUINTET

6, 7 Feb:

City Hall Theatre

The quintet plays two

different programmes. The first will be in a lighter vein incorporating a mix of music including pieces by George Gershwin Porgy and Bess and Meredith Willson The Music Man. The second will be more classically oriented including works by Pachelbel, Telemann, Albinoni and Handel, Purcel. Bermuda's Kenneth Amis is a long-standing member of this ensemble.

DAVID BREWER MASTERCLASS

9 Feb:

City Hall Theatre

David Brewer, international tenor and voice coach of numerous renowned singers including Destiny's Child, flies in from Germany to participate in The Bermuda Festival. He will give a masterclass to up to six local singers in either the popular or classical vein. This class will be open to the public to observe and tickets should be booked in the usual way. It promises to be both an entertaining and enlightening evening. Anyone wishing to be considered for participation in the masterclass should contact the Festival office on 295-1291 or email adminoffice@bermudafestival.org.

AN EVENING OF JAZZ

10 Feb:

City Hall Theatre

Based in Berlin, Germany, Bermudian Craig Lemont Walters has been pursuing a career in Europe as an opera singer and as a jazz singer, for over twenty years. His repertoire encompasses not only the standard operatic literature for bass, but the musical and jazz genres as well. He has played roles in many popular musical theatre shows, including Evita, The Phantom of the Opera and Porgy and Bess. For his performance in Bermuda he will concentrate on his jazz repertoire. He will be accompanied by musicians Marc Schmolling, piano, who hails from Germany; American Jonathan Robinson, bass; and Juraj Rasi, drums, from Slovakia. Part of the programme will be devoted to the works of Edward 'Duke' Ellington and will include Don't Get Around Much Anymore, Mood Indigo

In a Sentimental Mood, and I Got It Bad.

A NIGHT AT THE OPERA

11th of Feb:

City Hall Theatre

Bermuda's famed soprano Marcelle Clamens has chosen a thrilling programme from the classical repertoire with which to serenade audiences. She is proud and excited to include tenor David Brewer as guest artist in this programme.

AGA-BOOM

13th, 14th and 15th of Feb:

Ruth Seaton James Centre

Rooted in a unique style of theatrical clowning, AGA-BOOM combines the unbridled silliness of slapstick and the humour of physical comedy with theatrical expressionism, poetry and a touch of European avant-garde!

ANGELE DUBEAU & LA PIETA

17th and 18th of Feb:

City Hall Theatre

Angèle Dubeau, one of Canada's most prominent artistes, formed the string ensemble La Pietà in 1997. This nine-strong all-female ensemble has since earned itself an enviable reputation from its many recordings and live performances.

LAUDATE

19 Feb:

Wesley Methodist Church

Bermuda Chamber Choir, although an amateur choir, has earned itself an enviable reputation for its high standard of performance. Aiming to nurture the art and love of choral music, most recently under the baton of Ryan Ellis, the Choir has enriched the community with its uplifting

performances of choral masterworks. For this concert, they will be joined by the newly formed Bermuda Festival Chamber Orchestra. The concert will also include a piano concerto performed by local resident Oliver Grant, who has been wowing audiences with his formidable talent.

Entitled Laudate, the programme celebrates a series of anniversaries: the 200th anniversary of

Haydn's death; the 250th anniversary of Händel's death; and of course the 400th anniversary of settlement in Bermuda.

THE JAMES MOODY QUARTET

20th and 21st of Feb:

Ruth Seaton James Centre

Saxophone master James Moody has serenaded music lovers for over six decades. As a young man he joined the seminal bebop big band of Dizzy Gillespie, an association that afforded him worldwide exposure and ample opportunity to shape his improvisational genius. Renowned for playing with deep resonance and wit, Moody has a healthy respect for tradition but takes great

delight in discovering new musical paths which makes him one of the most consistently expressive and enduring figures in modern jazz today. In addition to his trio, Moody will be joined by celebrated trumpet player Randy Brecker as guest artist.

Brecker's varied career has

spanned more than three decades shaping the sound of jazz, R&B and rock.

CONCERTI THROUGH THE AGES

24 of Feb:

St. Paul's Church (Paget)

Enjoy four wonderful contrasting concerti in the intimate setting of St. Paul's Church, Paget.

Under the baton of Dr. Madeline Frank, former first violist of the New York Met, Bermudian soloists Kent Hayward, Adrian Ridgeway, Nancy Smith and Gaynor Gallant, returning to the Island especially for the Festival, will each play a concerto accompanied by musicians from the Bermuda Festival Chamber Orchestra. For this event, the Orchestra will be embellished by a number of

Dr. Frank's associates.

THE TEMPEST

25, 26, 27 and 28 of Feb:

City Hall Theatre

As the culmination of the 2009 season the Bermuda Festival is proud to present William Shakespeare's fantasy, The Tempest, reputedly inspired by tales of the wreck of the Sea Venture.

Following their acclaimed Festival production of

The Unexpected Man, producer Richard Najuch and Bermudian director Joel Froomkin will direct an original production filled with fantasy and the exotic beauty of our island.

A star-studded cast of some of the world's finest classical actors will bring the Bard's magical tale of romance and revenge to life.

The imagery of the production will be drawn from local flora and fauna, and projection designer Kevin French will bring Prospero's conjured wonders and the danger of stormy seas to vivid life on City Hall's stage.

A large-scale production, it promises to be a visually arresting and suitably memorable production to close the Festival's contribution to the year of celebration of Bermuda's heritage.

Performances for the Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts will be held at City Hall Theatre, Ruth Seaton James Centre, St. Paul's Church (Paget), Daylesford Theatre, St. John's Church (Pembroke) and Wesley Methodist Church (City of Hamilton).

Tickets are $60 for adults and $25 for students, for most performances.

Check www.bermudafestival.org for more information.