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Date: 09.10.06             

Pantonic Gives The Masters School
a Taste of Steel
It's Back to Business as Pantonic Gets Back on Track
 

Pantonic in pictures

 

Dobbs Ferry, New York - Almost one week to the day after taking third place from a field of twelve competitors in the annual New York panorama competition, it was back to music business as usual for Pantonic Steel Orchestra (pictured left).  A thirteen-member stage side contingent journeyed to Dobbs Ferry to perform at The Masters School.  This educational institution is responsible for a student body of not only US residents, but also young people from countries worldwide.  With more than five hundred students on roll - from grades five through twelve - The Masters School prides itself on a unique college preparatory curriculum that readies its graduates for entry into top tertiary level institutions, while ensuring the young people's personal development and individual talents.  It was an audience of about two hundred strong, made up of these students, faculty, and visiting parents and families, for which Pantonic performed exclusively at the institution's Claudia Boettcher Theatre.   

The concert was the brainchild of faculty member and dorm parent, Middle School music teacher Jennifer Carnevale (pictured right), who had herself experienced Pantonic and their music less than two months ago.  Carnevale took part in a summer graduate course "An Introduction To World Music" at Columbia University, and Pantonic Steel Orchestra's workshop and performance were introduced as part of a hands-on appreciation of world music within the course.  Carnevale believed that students and faculty of the Master's School campus would greatly benefit from and enjoy the orchestra's performance as much she and her fellow Columbia grad students.  The end result was Pantonic's Saturday September 9 concert at The Masters School.

After an introduction from Mrs. Carnevale, Pantonic delivered a repertoire that lasted just over seventy-five minutes.  The group highlighted various music styles during their performance - R&B, pop, reggae and soca.  Some members of the audience were mesmerized by the musicians, especially the more animated players.  Many of the selections they performed could be found on two of the group's three CDs - Tonic for the Soul, and the recently-released Tonic Gems.

 

Opening up with Cyndi Lauper's Time After Time from Tonic Gems, Pantonic gave the audience a full taste of steel with other selections from the CD including - Disco Daddy, Shania Twain's You're Still The One, La Bamba, John Legend's Ordinary People, Earth Ah Run Red, and Long and Winding Road.  Cheers and whistles were heard as the audience recognized names of familiar tunes including Just The Two of Us, and escalated after the band finished each.  To a standing ovation, Pantonic closed with When Will I See You Again from Tonic for the Soul.

People are always fascinated with the sound of the steelpan instrument, and this occasion was no different.  In the company of faculty member, Spanish instructor Cecilia de Lankford - two of the youngest onlookers (pictured left), ventured closer and tried out their hands on a tenor pan, while the musicians packed up to leave.  De Lankford told  When Steel Talks (WST) that she was extremely pleased to have the good fortune of seeing Pantonic in concert, and made sure she left with a copy of  Tonic Gems.
 

Contact Pantonic at 1 (718) 434-0231  or  pantonic1@aol.com
www.Pantonic.com

Pantonic at The Masters School in Pictures


C. Phillips, Basement Press Corp
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