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All Stars Steel Orchestra commemorates 75 years with Classical Jewels IX concert

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. W.I. - Neal & Massy Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra (NMTASSO) is preparing to showcase to Trinidad and Tobago perhaps one of the best steelpan concerts the world has ever seen.

In commemoration of its 75th Anniversary, the band will feature a multitude of talents on November 6th and 7th, 2010, at its Classical Jewels IX.  Guest artistes include Christopher ‘Tambu’ Herbert, UWI (University of the West Indies) Arts Chorale, Jacqueline Smith, Malick Folk Performers, Clive Telemaque, Dane Gulston, Mia Gormandy and Yohan Popwell.

Concert flyer for Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra 75th Anniversary ConcertJune Nathaniel, Jessel Murray and Derek Nurse - a former frontline player, have been confirmed as the guest conductors for the 2-night event. In terms of the musical selection, the concert will feature a wide array of samples from the Band’s repertoire of Classical Music, performed over the years from the inception of Classical Jewels in 1974.

According to the band’s manager, Beresford Hunte, “Classical Jewels was a bi-annual event and it was one of the staples on the local, cultural calendar – an event that pan lovers and music aficionados supported wholly. We thought that it was fitting to revive the concert after such a long hiatus, but we’re doing more than a revival…we are giving Trinidad and Tobago one of the best steelpan concerts in the history of pan.”

“The band has been practicing daily and rigorously for the event for the past 4 months and we have made strides in perfecting the classical music, due mainly to the contribution of people like Derek Nurse who has taken the mantle of Musical Director, continuing the tradition first established by the late Fitzgerald Jemmott, the late Nelson Villafana and Gillian Nathaniel” Hunte added.

“We started this journey in Hell Yard in the 30s under the name of Hell Yard Cross of Lorraine, Second Fiddle and in 1947 we carried the name of Trinidad All Stars. In that year Neville Jules was appointed as the captain of the band and brought with him the values of discipline, innovation, dedication and commitment to excellence that we still hold today. Just 25 years short of a century, our values have kept us alive and successful.”

Revenue from the concert will be directed to the orchestra’s academic and social programs, geared toward reducing the crime rate among the young people in the East Port-of-Spain community, as well as assist in the implementation of its adult literacy and other personal development programmes and enhance its pan theatre.

NMTASSO is one of the oldest, renowned and prolific steel orchestras in Trinidad and Tobago, and the world. We are the recipient of the Humming Bird Gold Medal from the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and 6-time champions in the National Panorama and National Festival competitions. We have represented our country and culture across the globe, in countries such as England, China, Australia, Nigeria, Canada, New York, Miami, France, Spain and the Caribbean Islands.

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Neal & Massy Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra


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