NPO premieres “Spirit of a People: Dance Tan Tan”

The Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts’ National Philharmonic Orchestra (NPO) will be premiering ‘Dance Tan Tan’ at NAPA, which is Music Director Dr. Roger Henry’s second symphony.

Dance Tan Tan is a symphonic work for orchestra, pan ensemble, and percussion. The music will celebrate the joyous dance of Minshall’s legendary Carnival Queen, who is buoyant, vivacious, defiant, and mischievous. The piece explores rhythm as a creative and sustaining force in music. The four movements of the work present the shifting, complex textures that are part of the rhythmic landscape of Trinidad and Tobago.  The music hints at the unrestrained joyfulness of children at play, and invites imagery of dancing, running, leaping, skipping, teasing and even roughhousing.

The concert will take place at the Lord Kitchener Auditorium, at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) on March 14th at 7:30 p.m. and March 15th at 6:00 p.m. There will also be performances by members of the University of Trinidad and Tobago’s Academy for the Performing Arts Steel Pan Ensemble. 

Tickets are free to the public and will be distributed at the NAPA box office on March 11th at 11:00 a.m.

Join us for two evenings of music that keep with the goal of the National Philharmonic Orchestra to bring delightful performances to the public and generate interest and appreciation for classical and symphonic music.

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