This coming Saturday, August 29th, the Embassy of Trinidad and Tobago, under the auspices of Her Excellency Glenda Morean-Philip, Ambassador of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to the United States, is presenting Classics and Steel —an operatic performance by the world-famous, award-winning BP Renegades Steel Orchestra, playing the only acoustical musical instrument invented in the 20th century, the steel drums. Leading opera singers from Trinidad and Tobago are also performing in this celebration of the 47th anniversary of the Independence of Trinidad and Tobago. Featured artists include sopranos Ann Fridal and Renee Solomon, baritone Marvin Smith, and Charles Brunner at the piano. Brunner, 57, holds a Guinness world record for playing the piano for 101 hours 7 minutes, a feat he accomplished in 2008. As he explains, “Although I achieved my first world record after playing a 444-song medley nonstop for 12 hours, I felt the urge to challenge myself once again. I also wanted to show the younger generation how a strong mind can succeed.”
Classics and Steel, Saturday at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. Visit http://www.kennedy-center.org or call 202-467-4600.
For an article about the concert in the Washington Post go to http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/23/AR2009082302195.html?hpid=artsliving