The 22nd annual Holders Season kicks off on Sunday, running until Saturday, March 21. And organizers are promising an event to rival all others.
Public relations director for Holders Season, Adisa Andwele, told entertainment lovers they could expect nine sensational events this year.
“The musical presentations will be very diverse, ranging from jazz, classical and pop to world and folk. There will also be outrageous comedy, artful theatre and the widely popular dinner shows in the Holders House Gallery,” Andwele said.
This year’s presentation will focus on the United States –– its music and theatre, and its contribution to global entertainment.
The Music Of Hollywood Songs On Film will be presented on Wednesday, March 11, featuring award-winning pianist, singer, songwriter and film buff Joe Stilgoe and his trio; The Savoy Family from Louisiana will take over Holders Night with Cajun music on Thursday, March 12; Theatre Night on Monday, March 16, will present Black Is The Colour Of My Voice, a play with music, inspired by the life of singer Nina Simone, written and performed by African American actor Apphia Campbell; and Classical Night American Soul And The City on Tuesday, March 17, will feature two magnificent young artists, who capture the essence of the American Dream –– freedom, hope, innovation and boundless possibilities –– pianist Christina McMaster and violinist Lizzie Ball.
The season starts with two dinner cabarets in the Holders House Gallery on March 7 and 9, presenting music, magic and aerialist/acrobatics. Jazz and the music of Cuba will take centre stage on Saturday, March 14, with one of the giants of the international jazz scene –– Cuban maestro Roberto Fonseca. Roberto is a world-renowned pianist, famous for fusing Latin jazz, urban music, and African rhythms with the sounds of Cuba.
Holders will also present two brilliant nights in one –– a rip-roaring hilarious British comedian Tim Fitzhigham followed by comedy, magic and illusion with Paul Zenon on Wednesday, March 18.
Then the curtain comes down on the season with the popular Gala Night on Saturday, March 21. It features favourites of Holders audiences, Britain’s most sophisticated three-piece singing group Blake, along with Canadian singer songwriter Sarah Boulton. A host of top local artistes will also be featured this year. They are G-Syndicate, March 12; Paula Hinds with a jazz quartet comprising Stefan Walcott on piano, Neil Newton on bass, Petra Welch on drums and Akeem Burke on sax, Saturday, March 14; the musical theatre group Operation Triple Threat on Monday, March 16; Brilliante Brass featuring some of the top musicians from the Royal Barbados Police Band, Tuesday, March 17; and the NIFCA Award-winning Mosaic Steel Orchestra playing classical music on the Gala Night.
The National Anthem will also be played nightly by local artistes, including saxophonist Romaro Greaves, the Suzuki music group, and trumpeter Shawn Layne.