Stars Perform At Stephen Lawrence Tribute Concert

The death toll is expected to rise. The shoppers were held hostage for four days before the situation was under control. Sweat was scheduled to perform Oct. 5 at the Carnivore grounds in Nairobi. “We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused by the unexpected news. This is especially to all Keith Sweat fans and everyone who supported us. We are all shaken by the events of the past weekend and we deemed it best to postpone the concert as the country mourns,” spokesperson Martin Mulwa said. Nina Ogot, an Afro-fusion singer, was also scheduled to open Sweat’s concert. She spoke to The Star about her excitement for the show before it was cancelled. “Wow! It’s definitely an honour for me.

Concert review: Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra with Jon Kimura Parker

Pianist Jon Kimura Parker performed Saturday with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.

The show, while lacking in showcasing perfected ballet technique, does leave the audience with a feeling of having experienced a range of emotions from light and happy to weird and disturbed. Watkins Jr., presented a varied show for its annual Fall Repertory Gala at The Womans Club. Degas, choreographed by Karen Moore to music by Charles Gounod, was visually pleasant with lighthearted choreography that played with canon and rhythm. The processional of ballerinas felt cramped on a small stage, which accentuated broken lines of the body, but the choreography was intelligently intermingled with the music. Engulfed Cathedral, choreographed by Carolyn Pillow Mayhew and set to music by Claude Debussy, abruptly shifted the tone of the evening. The decor by deVeaux Riddick captured the audiences attention with its staccato ripples. The sharp background movement contrasted with the stillness of the dancers was arresting; however, it was difficult to turn your attention from the decor to focus on the dancing, which featured Jeannine Halphen on pointe performing with Scott Boyer. Expectations were high with only two dancers in the piece but, with its unimpressive pointe work and bland partnering, it didnt live up to its strong introduction. Lemonade, choreographed by Susan Eason and set to music by Louis Moreau Gottschalk, was the treat of the evening. Bright-colored dresses and umbrellas that popped open and closed while moving in and out of visually intriguing formations could not help but make the audience smile, especially following the confusing Engulfed Cathedral. Riddicks scenery complemented the piece delightfully. The translucent drop allowed for separation of the dancers being featured on stage while presenting a glimpse of dancers tiptoeing to the other side. The final piece, Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring), was the meat of the evening heavy yet satisfying. Mayhew captured Nijinskys original choreography and intentions well, and the costumes, originally by Nicholas Roerich and recreated by Boyer, were as haunting as they were for their premiere in 1913. The long braids, hunched-over backs, shuffling feet and zombie-like sways expressed the ritualistic mentality of pagan Russia, while the thrashing, panicked movement expressed the animalistic terror that Nijinsky and his struggles with mental health are known for. What the dancers lacked in technique, they made up for in gestural acting and focused stares toward the audience, intended to make viewers uncomfortable.

Rita Ora before Unity: A concert for Stephen Lawrence at the O2 Arena

Indeed, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra set its sights high to open its 21st season Saturday night. The Phil’s musicians were joined by a big-name guest, pianist Jon Kimura Parker, who also opened the orchestra’s 2004-05 season. The Phil’s selections, including Strauss’ epic “Ein Heldenleben,” were delivered with fiery spirit, but it was the collaboration with Parker that sent the biggest shivers of delight down my spine. Parker was featured soloist for Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20, a moody work in D minor. Throughout the three movements, the melody is handed back and forth between orchestra and pianist. This was handled effortlessly and wonderfully by the musicians, conducted by Christopher Wilkins, who’s starting his last season as the Philharmonic’s artistic director. Parker is a strong technician, but showed equal devotion to the musicality found in the many runs up and down the keyboard. Although the soloist, Parker never amped up his volume as if he were showboating. Instead, he carefully matched the sound level of the orchestra musicians not easy to do when it’s one against so many. The result? An exquisitely balanced piece that burst from delicious melancholy to delightful joy. Following the traditional “Star-Spangled Banner” season opener, the evening began with the rousing “Savannah River Holiday.” Ron Nelson’s often-boisterous composition was given a spirited reading, underscored by vibrant percussion not just drums, but the glockenspiel, tambourine and triangle contributed to the vitality.

Concert Ballet offers deft intro to Nijinsky’s challenging work

Emeli Sande, Jessie J, Doreen Lawrence, Rita Ora, Ellie Goulding and Beverley Knight Photo: John Stillwell/PA Wire Rita Ora, Beverley Knight and Jessie J led a star-studded concert held in memory of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence . They were joined by Emeli Sande, Ellie Goulding and Ed Sheeran for a tribute performance 20 years after the 18-year-old was killed in a racist attack as he waited for a bus in Eltham, south-east London. Watch a teaser for the concert below: ‘Unity – A Concert for Stephen Lawrence’ was also due to feature performances from Rizzle Kicks and Jamie Cullum. Rita Ora before Unity: A concert for Stephen Lawrence at the O2 Arena Credit: John Stillwell/PA Stephen’s mother Doreen Lawrence , who accepted a peerage this year for her tireless campaigning, said her son would be “smiling down” on the show this evening. Emeli Sande He would have loved this because he really loved music. I would like Stephen to be remembered as a young man who had a future. He was well loved, and had he been given the chance to survive maybe he would have been the one to bridge the gap between black and white because he didn’t distinguish between black or white. He saw people as people. doreen lawrence Beverley Knight Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire Tonight’s concert was designed to unite communities and draw people of all backgrounds together through music. It saw artists select tracks chosen for their social message. Jamie Cullum Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire Funds from the show will go to The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust which aims to create brighter futures for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. X Factor finalist Jahmene Douglas Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire The concert was held at the O2 Arena in London.