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Weekend Spotlight on Steel Orchestras in Pan Is Beautiful XII

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - This weekend fourteen steel orchestras will be vying for eight places in the finals of the ‘Orchestra’ class of this year’s edition of the National Steelband Music Festival ‘Pan is Beautiful XII’ series. The event - Orchestra Preliminaries - which runs over a two-day period (Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October) will field seven steel orchestras on each day at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. Tickets for each evening’s performances are reasonably priced at TT $100.00.

Each orchestra will play the Test Piece, Leroy Calliste’s “Mr. Pan Maker,” along with a Tune of Choice.

The line-up and bands’ tunes of choice are as follows:-

Saturday 19th October - 6:00 pm

Tune of Choice
Exodus Moods of The Maestro... (dedicated to Pat Bishop)
Tropical Angel Harps The Voices In My Head
Sforzata Jupiter
San City Symphony Skyfall
Sound Specialists of Laventille The Force of Destiny
Renegades Academic Festival Overture
Codrington Pan Family The Pan With Love: Our Gift to the World

Sunday 20th October - 5:00 p.m.

Tune of Choice
Invaders Zampa Overture
Diatonic Symphony No 4
 Couva Joylanders The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Rings
Pan Elders The Barber of Seville Overture
UWI Festival Steel Orchestra Pomp and Circumstance
Sangre Grande Cordettes Egmont Overture
La Brea Nightingales L’hymne a l’Amour

For the purpose of this competition, ‘Orchestra’ shall mean any combination of panists/musicians playing steelpan instruments, with said combination containing no less than 35 players and not more than 50, inclusive of rhythm.

Each band’s total playing time shall not exceed eighteen (18) minutes. A four-person panel will comprise the adjudication panel. Over one million dollars is at stake in this leg of the competition with the winner taking home TT $250,000.00; results will be announced on the second day of the competition.

The Grand Finals in this category will be held at the Jean Pierre Complex, Wrightson Road Extension in Port-of-Spain, on Saturday November 16th. Showtime is 7:00 p.m.

From the News Desk of Pan Trinbago
1 (868) 625-3556  ext# 36

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