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Freeport, Bahamas - It's been a busy year so far for the Grand Bahama Performing Arts
Society, but before taking a break for the summer, the Society is treating
the island to an evening of classic jazz starring Toronto jazz pianist,
Steve Koven on Friday, May 25th at the Canal House at Pelican Bay. This
world class musician, composer and teacher has traveled the world,
performing with his trio and in solo concerts, and conducting workshops
for musicians where ever he goes.
This is not the first time Steve has
performed in The Bahamas, but it is his first visit to Grand Bahama, and
he couldn't be more excited. Not only will he get to enjoy some of what the island has to offer, and do what he loves best, but he gets a
chance to perform with some of the islands most talented local
musicians, Ozzie Hall, Patrick Russell and Clarence Green.
of you are already familiar with the wonderful musical talents of Ozzie and
Patrick, but Clarence Green is new to the local music scene. Green who happens to be Grand Bahama's newest chiropractor plays the upright double bass, an instrument that does not get much play
time on the island, because until he arrived, there wasn't one. Green was raised by very musical parents and has played various
instruments, his first instrument being the
trumpet. He played electric bass for many years, but took on the
challenge of the upright double bass about 12 years ago.
And believe it or not, this is not his first time performing with Steve
Koven. The two have played together in jazz concerts several times in
, where Clarence lived prior to moving here,
including at the Canadian High Commission
. The last time they played together took place 3 years ago.
It is by chance that this musical reunion will take place on Grand
Bahama, and another example of what a wonderful small world it is!
for this concert are only $20 for adults and $10 for students and can
be purchased at The Seventeen Shop, Antoni's Pizzeria, and The Art of
Spots are also still available for the jazz
workshop on Saturday morning at 11am at only $10. This workshop is for
musicians, ages 13 and up and will focus on the development of improvisational tools as
well as musical self expression. Steve will also use jazz and blues to
help demonstrate different improvisation ideas. Those wishing to attend should contact Gloria McGlone
for details (373-2887 / 727-9198 ). Special rates are available for workshop and concert combo.
Clarence Green, chiropractor in Grand Bahama will be one of the local musicians joining international jazz performer, Steve Koven on Friday, May 25th at the Canal House. Koven and Green played previously together in Barbados.
Feldman, founder and president of the GBPAS is encouraging the public
to take advantage of these wonderful musical opportunities. "We work
hard to enhance the wonderful performing arts community that already
exists on the island by exposing the public to as many different types
of music and performances that we can. Thanks to our wonderful sponsors
we are able to bring the costs down for performances to a price that
everyone can afford, and we think it is so important to provide
affordable workshops and learning opportunities for our local artists as
well. Workshops of this caliber would cost well over $25 any where
else. Our goal here is not to make money, but to provide a wonderful
learning opportunity for our local musicians, students and
professionals. It is only with the public's support that these
opportunities can continue."
The GBPAS wishes to thank their
members, patrons and sponsors who make these programs possible. Special
thanks go to Pelican Bay Hotel for not only accommodating Steve Koven,
but for also providing a wonderful venue for this concert; Karen Clarke
and John Gehr, of Thayer's Natural Remedies, The Bahamas Weekly, Keen i
Media, and Mackey Media.
Bahama Performing Arts Society
was created to bring professional artists
and performers from around the world to audiences in Grand Bahama. Drawing from
Bahamian and international talent, a number of performances are planned
throughout the year. Proceeds are used for the advancement of Grand Bahama
students of the performing arts
. Join the Society:
In addition to contributing directly to this
success, Membership entitles you to Advance Notice of Events, special Members
Only Events, as well as Discounts at participating GBI restaurants. Persons can
become a fan of the Society on Facebook or contact the committee for membership details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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