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Exciting lineup for Classics in June on Father’s Day

Published:Monday | June 10, 2024 | 12:05 AM
Pianist Yuko Aoki from Japan is one of the featured performers at Classics in June 2024.
Pianist Yuko Aoki from Japan is one of the featured performers at Classics in June 2024.
Rafael Salazar on clarinet.
Rafael Salazar on clarinet.

Classical music aficionados will be treated to a memorable evening of music at the annual Classics in June charity concert to take place on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16, at the University Chapel, beginning at 5 p.m.

Hosted by the Kingston Club of Soroptimist International Jamaica, this will be the 19th staging of the concert, which will be held under the patronage of Ambassador of France to Jamaica, Olivier Guyonvarch and Madame Boulie Jeong.

The Classics in June 2024 concert will feature baroque to 20th-century classical pieces from Bach and Handel to Rodrigo and Gershwin.

The accomplished artistes include pianists Yuko Aoki from Japan and Yanique Leiba-Ebanks; singers Nomali Lumsden-Campbell, soprano, and Rosette Salazar, mezzo-soprano; and instrumentalists Laurice Barnaby, flute; 14-year-old Sebastian Ebanks, violin; Doran McCarthy, trumpet; Shawn Richards, guitar; Rafael Salazar, clarinet; The Newbiz Guitar Ensemble, a first for Classics in June; composer Gabriel Walters, violin; and the multi award-winning Steven Woodham, violin.

Several companies and individuals have come onboard to support the 2024 Classics in June concert. The sponsors include Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited, the VM Group, Nationwide News Network, the Embassy of France, the Jamaica Stock Exchange, Orijin and The Treatment Room.

Proceeds from the concert will support the club’s outreach initiatives at the Shortwood United Early Childhood Development Centre, Reddie’s Children’s Home, as well as other Soroptimist charities to empower women and girls.