Monday, December 13, 2010

MISA CUBANA - Gracias por La Musica!

Four nights of amazing music from Cuba have been successfully completed! And, the reviews are in! The Lydians production of MISA CUBANA has fascinated and touched audiences through the beautiful music of Maestro Jose Maria Vitier of Cuba!

Sunday's concert, the final one in the series of MISA CUBANA concerts at the Queen's Hall Auditorium, was an emotional one for the Lydians, the Vitiers and all performers as the final curtain fell on this unique, artistic collaboration of Caribbean music between Trinidad and Tobago and Cuba.

In a small gathering after Sunday's concert, Maestro Vitier thanked the Lydians, Dr. Bishop and all persons who worked tirelessly to ensure that this concert series became a reality. He relayed that he has always believed in the power of possibility and would take all of the emotions he has experienced through this occasion in Trinidad, back with him to Cuba, to create art and share with his people. His son, Jose Adrian Vitier whose paintings from his exhibition, “Alegorias de la Virgen” (Allegories of the Virgin) were included in the production of the MISA CUBANA translated these words.

In a show of musical solidarity and cultural appreciation during the gathering, the Soogrim-Ram Tassa drummers gifted guest percussionist from Cuba Abel Acosta (Also the Deputy Minister of Culture for Cuba) with his own 'Cutter' Tassa drum! In turn, Mr. Acosta made a generous gift in giving the Lydians all the Cuban drums, which he had played for each performance! The evening ended with further presentations to members of the choir, the organizing team and event contributors.

Three more concerts remain in the Christmas season for the MISA CUBANA this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at St. Patrick's Church, St. Crispin's Church and the Fatima Shrine (Our Lady of Lourdes) on Laventille Hill. The final concert in the series will take place in a few weeks from now on January 9th at Mount St. Benedict.

The Lydians give thanks for the gift of music in this performance, truly understanding the power of possibilities and of finding musical kinship across the Caribbean Sea. Thank you, to all persons who attended the production, Thank you to all cast members, crew, choir managers and organizers. Thank you to the Accompanists, the Lydians Steel Orchestra, the Desperadoes Steel Orchestra, all drummers and percussionists, the Cuban Embassy in T&T, the National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago, West Indian Tobacco and all sponsors and supporters of this initiative.

Finally, a special 'Thank you' to Abel Acosta, and Maestro Jose Maria Vitier and his family for their presence and most of all, for the beautiful music! Viva La Musica!

Friday, December 10, 2010

A well-attended first night at the Lydians production of MISA CUBANA!

A solid start for the MISA CUBANA!

H.E. President George Maxwell Richards, former President ANR Robinson, former First Lady Mrs. Hassanali, former Prime Minister of T&T Mr. Patrick Manning, many members of the Diplomatic core in cluding the Cuban Ambassador to T&T H.E. Humberto Riviero Rosario, the Chief Justice of Trinidad and Tobago Mr. Ivor Archie, members of the Media and many other special guests all attended the premiere night to show their support for the Lydians performance of the MISA CUBANA!

You can share the experience as well by checking the Queen's Hall Box office for tonight and Saturday 11th. (Tickets for Sunday 12th are no longer available).

Monday, December 6, 2010

Ave Maria for Cuba - Jose Maria Vitier

The Lydians rehearse with Maestro Vitier for the first time!

"Ave Maria for Cuba" -The Lydians feat. Jose Maria Vitier
Soprano: Fayola King Lawrence
Venue: Mucurapo East Secondary School Hall

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Bienvenido a T&T, Maestro Vitier!

Maestro Jose Maria Vitier has arrived in Trinidad and Tobago!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

MISA CUBANA Launch a Success!

Here are some highlights from the launch of the Southern Caribbean premiere of the MISA CUBANA!

From 9th to 12th of December, the work of the contemporary Cuban pianist and composer, José Maria Vitier will be performed in Trinidad. The particular work is “Misa Cubana,” a setting of the traditional Catholic Mass which is dedicated to the Virgin of Charity, (or the Virgin of Mercy), is regarded as the patron saint of Cuba. In attendance at the launch were, Cuban Ambassador, H.E. Mr. Humberto Rivero Rosario and Ms. Ana Silvia Rodríguez Abascal. Media guests included CNMG, Gayelle The Channel, Power 102 FM,,, the Guardian Newspaper, the Trinidad Express Newspaper and several Bloggers and Independent media.

More photos from the MISA CUBANA Launch can be found below:

Sunday, November 14, 2010

"MISA CUBANA" Media Launch 15th November @ Bishop Anstey High School POS

"MISA CUBANA" Media Launch 15th November 2010

It's finally here! On Monday 15th of November 2010, the Lydians will host the Media Launch of their Christmas production, "MISA CUBANA" by Cuban composer, Jose Maria Vitier.

Venue: Bishop Anstey High School Hall, Keate Street, Port of Spain (same street as Zen Nightclub)
Time: 8:00 p.m.

All members of the media are invited to attend! You can expect to receive a special media kit with information on the Cuban Mass, the Composer, the Lydians' rich performance history and photos associated with production rehearsals and artistic collaborators.

Entertainment and refreshments will be available!

For more information contact: Choir Management, 794-6391

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Lydians to perform its 8th Religious Mass for Christmas 2010!

Greetings from The Lydians!

The choir has had an eventful season thus far with smaller appearances and performances across Trinidad and Tobago. From this month, preparations continue and intensify for the always anticipated, grand year-ending finale - The annual Lydians Christmas Concert.

From a long and successful history of performing major religious works, The Lydians and Lydian Steel, the foremost choral organization in Trinidad and Tobago, under the musical direction of Dr. Pat Bishop, will perform its 8th religious mass for Christmas 2010!

From 1988 to 2009, the Lydians have performed and mastered some of the greatest religious works ever composed by musicians of historical significance. Some of the Lydians' performances include; Requiem - Giuseppe Verdi (1988 & 1998), Missa Luba - arranged by Guido Haazen (1989), Missa Solemnis - Ludwig Van Beethoven (1992), Ein Deutsches Requiem - Johannes Brahms (2000), Vespers - Claudio Monteverdi (2004), Missa 'Rosa' Mystica - Vito Carnevali (2004), Missa Criolla - Ariel Ramírez (2008) and most recently for the Lydians' 30th anniversary, The Messiah - George F. Handel (2009).

For Christmas 2010, the Lydians will perform the 'Misa Cubana a la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre' - a mass by Cuban composer Jose Maria Vitier, at the Queen's Hall Auditorium, St. Ann's from 9th to 12th of December 2010.

Jose Maria Vitier is a music composer and pianist born and residing right here in the Caribbean, in Havana, Cuba. His style often combines the classical and Cuban folk music styles. His work includes music composed for movies such as "Fresa y Chocolate", television, animation and documentary short films. He has also written compositions for piano, symphonic orchestra, chamber orchestra, among other formats. His most prominent work is his Cuban mass, or 'Misa Cubana'.

In the 'Misa Cubana', Jose Maria Vitier shows his mastery of Cuban music. You are bound to be able to recognize the Afro-cuban sounds in these religious pieces. The syncopated rhythms and nuances in the musical score will sound very familiar to the Trinbagonian ear. Combined with the Lydians Steel, and African and Tassa drums, the Lydians production of 'Misa Cubana' promises to be a melange of beautiful Caribbean music that should not be missed!

Dates to remember:

Misa Cubana performances at Queen's Hall, St. Anns (9th - 12th December)
Tickets go on sale from all Lydians, Signature 2009, Normandie Hotel and La Tropicale, Patna Street St. James (1st November)
Misa Cubana performance at Mt. St. Benedict (19th December) **tentative

For more on Jose Maria Vitier visit his website here:
For more on the Lydians and Lydians Steel visit our website here: