The Bermuda Festival of Performing Arts

November 2022 – May 2023

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Macbeth Actors From The London Stage

Shakespeare’s always-relevant examination of the lacerating effect of the reckless desire for power.

Ruth Seaton James Centre for the Performing Arts, CedarBridge Academy

Friday November 18th, 8:00pm

Saturday November 19th, 8:00pm

Ruthless ambition gives way to murder in Macbeth, Shakespeare’s always-relevant examination of the lacerating effect of the reckless desire for power. This poisonous cocktail of ambition, guilt, and paranoia, with subtle seasonings of the supernatural, explores fascinatingly conflicted characters with the velocity of a riveting thriller. Intense, disturbing, and, ultimately, profoundly moving, Macbeth is one of the playwright’s greatest dramatic achievements. Prophesied to become a great king, the Scottish warrior Macbeth undertakes a brutal path to power. With his scheming wife by his side, Macbeth manoeuvres and murders his way onto the throne. But with his ascension comes a steep price. With vengeful rivals threatening to strip everything away, Macbeth’s tormented conscience leads him into a downward spiral of madness and self-destruction.

Actors From The London Stage, the renowned five-actor touring group with a cast drawn from Britain’s most prestigious stages, brings this extraordinary tale to life.  Cast members, whose credits include the Royal Shakespeare Company and The Globe, portray multiple roles, revealing the dynamic energy of Shakespeare’s thrilling language like never before.

Who are Actors From The London Stage???

In 1975, Sir Patrick Stewart co-founded Actors From The London Stage (AFTLS), now one of the most prominent touring Shakespeare(n) theatre companies in the world. Housed and workshopped in the UK and affiliated in the United States with Shakespeare at Notre Dame, this intensive residency programme is truly one of a kind.

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The Westerlies Folk, rock, a treat for the holidays and a local surprise!

Thursday December 1st, 8:00pm – St. Peter Church, St. George

Friday December 2nd, 8:00pm – St. James Church, Somerset

Saturday December 3rd, 8:00pm – Cathedral, Hamilton

The Westerlies are “an arty quartet…mixing ideas from jazz, new classical, and Appalachian folk” according to The New York Times.  They are a New York-based brass quartet comprised of childhood friends from Seattle: Riley Mulherkar and Chloe Rowlands both on trumpet, and Andy Clausen and Willem de Koch  on trombone. Equally at home in concert halls and living rooms, The Westerlies navigate a wide array of venues and projects with the precision of a string quartet, the audacity of a rock band, and the charm of a family sing-along. Formed in 2011, the self-described “accidental brass quartet” takes its name from the prevailing winds that travel from the West to the East. “Skilled interpreters who are also adept improvisers” (NPR’s Fresh Air), The Westerlies explore jazz, roots, and chamber music influences to create the rarest of hybrids: music that is both “folk-like and composerly, lovely and intellectually rigorous” (NPR Music). Hear them perform in one of the gorgeous and acoustically superb venues chosen for their visit.

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Bach to Bluegrass Tessa Lark, Violin and Michael Thurber, Bass

Shows around the island, great for the whole family!

Thursday January 26th, 8:00pm – St. Peter Church, St. George

Friday January 27th, 8:00pm – St. James Church, Somerset

Saturday January 28th, 8:00pm – Wesley Methodist, Hamilton

Award-Winning Violinist Tessa Lark and virtuoso Composer/Bassist Michael Thurber have come together to create a duo unlike any other.  By fusing their love of Classical and Americana, they have created a wholly original program and are equally comfortable in a Bach Sonata or a Kentucky fiddle tune.

Lark & Thurber met years ago as alumni of NPR’s ‘From The Top’.  They began developing their duo collaboration in 2016 after a one-off performance at an event for WXQR in New York City.  The two quickly realized how much they had in common musically. “This duo is a place for us to explore our varied musical influences” explains Lark. “I grew up in Kentucky playing bluegrass long before I started my career as a classical musician, so I’ve always longed for an outlet to integrate my American music roots into my performances”. Thurber adds, “Our diverse musical appetite is what has always drawn Tessa and I together. The fiddle and bass are both such versatile instruments that have played vital roles in so many different musical traditions around the world. It feels very natural to explore the full range of our musical heritage and not be bound by genre”.

Prior to forming their duo, both Lark and Thurber have enjoyed successful careers of their own.  Tessa was nominated for the Best Classical Soloist Grammy in 2020 and has earned many of the top competition prizes available to young artists including, among many others: a 2018 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Silver Medal in the 2014 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, and a First-Place finish in the 2012 Naumburg International Violin Competition. Michael has a reputation as one of the most versatile musical talents of his generation. Whether playing bass on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, composing music for the Royal Shakespeare Company, co-founding the smash YouTube channel CDZA, or hosting his “Thurber Theater” variety show at Joe’s Pub in New York City, Thurber’s musical voice defies genre and category.

Awards

2020 Grammy nomination in the Best Classical Instrumental Solo category.

2020 Lincoln Center’s prestigious Emerging Artist Awards, the special Hunt Family Award. 2018 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship.

2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant .

2014 Silver Medallist in the 9th Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis.

2012 Winner of the Naumburg International Violin Competition.

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New Breed Brass Band Direct from New Orleans, celebrating jazz from The Big Easy and just in time for Mardi Gras!

Earl Cameron Theatre, City Hall

Friday February 10th, 8:00pm

Saturday February 11th, 8:00pm

New Breed Brass Band lives and breathes the culture of New Orleans, infusing funk, rock, jazz, and hip-hop while honoring the Big Easy’s second-line brass band tradition.

New Breed Brass Band made its street debut in November 2013 at the Nine Times Second Line. Since then, they have performed throughout North America and Europe and for such diverse bands as The Fray, Red Baraat, Blackalicious, Dr. John, The Waterboys, and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue.

Bring your beads and wave your hankies! No better party to have or band to hear just before Mardi Gras! 

Awards

New Breed was named Best Emerging Artist at Offbeat’s Best of the Beat Awards (2022)

Best Brass Band at the Big Easy Awards (2022)

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Small Island, Big Smiles Concert for Kids with Dan and Claudia Zanes

Bring the whole family, your kids will love this show!

Earl Cameron Theatre, City Hall

Saturday February 25th, 3pm

Sunday February 26th, 3pm

While there has always been “family music,” Dan Zanes leads a recent movement to reclaim this music from corporations producing little songs for little characters — stripping away the fuzzy costumes and playing unpretentious songs that kids and parents can all love. Bring the entire family to this fun concert filled with music and laughter! All are welcome to wiggle, dance, and sing along as Grammy Award winner singer/songwriter Dan Zanes and Haitian American instrumentalist/vocalist Claudia Zanes perform a mix of old and new songs from near and far in a style that’s been called “All-Ages Social Music.” The selections are drawn from Dan’s celebrated musical catalogue; their Kennedy Center commissioned folk opera called Night Train 57; the House Party songbook published in 2018, and their Smithsonian / Folkways 2021 album release “Dan + Claudia Zanes – Let Love Be Your Guide.”

Dan Zanes has spent the past 20 years creating a truly compelling body of children’s music that music-loving parents can also get behind. A former 1980s indie rocker, Zanes’ 13 children’s albums have gained wide praise for their authentic arrangements and preservation of America’s folk traditions. His critically acclaimed music has been featured on Sesame Street, Playhouse Disney, Nickelodeon, HBO Family and Sprout. Learn more about Dan Zanes.

Claudia Zanes is a jazz vocalist and music therapist. She is the Director of Music Therapy at the Community Music Center of Boston.  Besides managing a thriving urban music program, she served as the facility’s clinical supervisor for Berklee Music Therapy fieldwork students. Her model of community music therapy helped redefine how music is used clinically through the Center. Drawing on her foundation in performance, she uses the power of music and therapy to focus on an individual’s abilities, rather than disabilities. She connects different groups of people together to positively impact their quality of life and create a level playing field where all are valued equally. Learn more about Claudia Zanes.

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Nuttin’ But A Word Rennie Harris PureMovement

This unique Rennie Harris work takes traditional hip-hop off the corner and crosses the threshold, coming inside to the concert hall.

Ruth Seaton James Centre for the Performing Arts, CedarBridge Academy

Friday March 10th, 8pm

Saturday March 11th, 8pm 

Called “the most brilliant hip-hop choreographer in America” by The New Yorker, Rennie Harris brings Bermuda his acclaimed company that pushes the boundaries of the street dance vocabulary and lands it squarely on stage. Dr. Harris has spent his twenty-year career dispelling the stereotypes associated with the street style of dance. A visionary—an artistic translator—Harris’s work takes traditional hip-hop off the corner and crosses the threshold, coming inside to the concert hall. Compelling his audiences to view street dance through a different lens, Harris challenges the viewer’s perspective of street dance or Hip-hop dance and its culture. “Nuttin’ But A Word” takes audiences on this dramatic and abstract journey- performed by a company of virtuosic and mind-blowing dancers.

Harris’ work embodies the diverse and rich African-Diasporic traditions of the past, simultaneously evolving a new, contemporary voice through dance. Harris is committed to showing audiences a sincere view of the essence and spirit of street dance. He chooses to end this work in a traditional Hip-hop celebration in what Africanists may refer to as the “Bantaba”, an African word that refers to the dancing ground where the community comes together to be with another and share.

In addition to PureMovement, Rennie Harris has choreographed for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and his company has performed around the world and on the stages of Jabob’s Pillow, The Joyce Theater, the Kennedy Center, and others.

Awards

3 Bessie Awards

4 Black Theater Alvin Ailey Awards

Herb Alpert Award

Nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award (UK)

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Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner and Eleni Katz

2022 Concert Artist Guild Winners

Music by Chopin, Ravel, and Bernstein. A concert for Classical music lovers.

Earl Cameron Theatre, City Hall
Saturday March 18th, 8pm

For more than 70 years, the Concert Artist Guild has selected elite musicians through their competition and nurtured their careers to stardom.  The Bermuda Festival is thrilled to have secured two of the five 2022 winners to perform in this year’s Festival.  Come and experience the joy and passion of some of the world’s most iconic composers Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin, Joseph Maurice Ravel and Leonard Bernstein. Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner and Eleni Katz collaborate for the first time since the competition to bring this special program to Bermuda.  This unique concert brings together two rising stars for an extraordinary evening of classical music.

Pianist Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner performed at the Kennedy Center and the White House for President Obama and President Biden when he was only 17, for President Peña Nieto of Mexico, Prime Minister Peres of Israel, and President Kagame of Rwanda. Committed to public service, he received the Atlantic Council Young Global Citizen Award recognizing his dedication to social action through music in such countries as Iraq, Rwanda, France, Canada, and the United States. Selected a Gilmore Young  Artist, an honor awarded to the most promising American pianists of the new generation, his multi-faceted artistry has been featured on NPR, PBS, CNN International, the Wall Street Journal, and WDR-Arte.

Hailed for her virtuosity and vibrant musical spirit, bassoonist Eleni Katz has established herself as a prominent soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. The bassoon is a rich, gentle and warm instrument which sounds remarkably human, a little like a resonant baritone singer. Eleni has performed with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Sarasota Orchestra, and as a member with the New World Symphony. Other recent appearances include a 2022 fellowship with the Phoenix Chamber Music Society, where she performed alongside David Shifrin, Valerie Coleman, and Gabriel Kovach.

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Sara Niemietz Originals and songs by Randy Newman, Simon & Garfunkel, and more!

Tent, Victualing Yard in Dockyard

Friday May 5th, 8pm

Saturday May 6, 8pm

Singer/songwriter Sara Niemietz is one of those performers that makes you think, where has she been all my life! A wonderful entertainer, Sara is very passionate about what she does and has a unique ability to help you escape all the seriousness we are surrounded by day-after-day. Her sassy style and genuine quirky playfulness are perfect compliments to her musical gifts. Join Sara and her band as she takes the stage performing songs from her extensive musical catalogue as well as bringing new energy and freshness to music by Randy Newman, Simon & Garfunkel, and others.

Looking back on the year that turned the world upside down, the release of Sara’s album, twentytwenty, was twice postponed and the international tour was cancelled. Sara recalibrated and used technology to connect like never before. “Touring stopped, gatherings stopped, but music doesn’t sit still. It’s alive and has a lot to say during these times.” When twentytwenty was finally released, fans got to hear four new songs that had lived in the heart of Sara for quite some time and her band’s favourite songs that have had the time to grow and be nurtured.

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The Long Run – Eagle Tribute Band Come on out and dance the night away to the sweet tunes of the Eagles!

Tent, Victualing Yard in Dockyard

Friday May 12th, 8pm

Saturday May 13th, 8pm

“Hotel California” … “Take it Easy” … “Peaceful Easy Feeling” …  sound familiar yet?

The Long Run are back! In 2020 this popular show was cancelled due to the first Covid closure. As promised, we are bringing them back for a weekend of music under the stars. This professional LA-based group dedicate themselves to the faithful reproduction of America’s most iconic classic rock band of all time, The Eagles. Whether you want to dance or sing your way through the weekend, you should absolutely join us one of these nights!

This is a general admission event and will be a real ‘festival’ atmosphere.  Enjoy from under the tent or relax in the Victualling Yard on a picnic blanket.  There will be seats available on a first come first serve basis or bring your own.  The bar will be open all night and food will be available for purchase before and during the show. Come on out and dance the night away to the sweet tunes of the Eagles!

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DIA and Friends Tent, Victualing Yard in Dockyard

Friday May 19th, 8pm

Saturday May 20th, 8pm

DIA is a unique music group & forms a collaborative collective with some of Bermuda’s most original artists.

Performing locally and abroad for 13 years DIA has helped power Bermuda’s music industry in many ways. Whether it’s with musical prodigy Leroy Francis producing music for various artists like Arijahknow Live Wires and providing educational outreach to students in school; or Derek G. producing music live and streaming content to artists worldwide.

With the Bermuda Festival, DIA combines its immense network of collaborators and invites you to a specially curated experience highlighting unique local artists in their individual elements and brands. Showcasing a number of soloists and guest features, this two-day event blends styles, merges atmospheres, and promises to deliver a unique composition of artistic expertise.

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The Bermuda Festival of Performing Arts

November 2022 – May 2023

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