Friday, 15 September 2017

CULTURE VULTURE: Father HoLung presents Queen Esther + Top dance companies for Plié gala + Medical experts to address Prostate Cancer symposium

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: A new production from Father HoLung & Friends is always cause for celebration. Major buzz is expected to build up towards the premiere of Queen Esther, their latest musical spectacle (based on the popular Old Testament saga) set to draw large audiences to the National Arena in early November. Greg Thames, who did phenomenal work with last year’s Moses remount, is returning to the director’s chair to guide the large ensemble cast on-set. Father Richard HoLung supplied the book and lyrics, while leading man Wynton Williams reprises his role as Musical Director. Queen Esther will play for school audiences on November 9 and 10, 15-17, with the gala shows scheduled for the 11th and 12th, 18thand 19th. As is customary, all proceeds from the shows will benefit the work of Missionaries of the Poor. For ticket info call 948-6173 or 948-0287. 

MAGIC & MOTION: Lovers of fine dance theatre are in for a splendid treat this month, when Plié for the Arts puts on Amalgamation: An International Dance Gala at the Little Theatre on September 23 and 24, commencing at 7:30pm and 6pm respectively. The two-night recital promises electrifying, ovation-worthy performances from local and international talents, namely the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica, the American Ballet Theatre, Alonso King Lines, the Company Dance Theatre, Jamie Thompson, Movements Dance Company, the Stella Maris Dance Ensemble, Sade Bully, Terk Lewis and the world-renowned Alvin Ailey. The raft of sponsors includes such champions of the arts as Wata, the Jamaica Observer, Flow and the Jamaica Tourist Board. For details and ticket info, contact the organizers at 

PREVENTION & CURE: To mark Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, a number of events have been scheduled for September. Among the major highlights on the roster is the Prostate Cancer Medical Symposium, slated for Sunday, September 17 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel. Being put on by the Jamaica Cancer Society in partnership with the Jamaican Urological Society, the University Hospital’s Tony Thwaites Wing and the National Health Fund, the symposium will feature keynote presentations on critical aspects of prostate cancer treatment, including screening, diagnosis and radiation. Several consultant urologists will bring their vast expertise to the podium. Among the speakers are Dr. William Aiken, Dr. Venslow Greaves, Dr. Robert Wan, Dr. Michael Brooks and Dr. Leroy Harrison. The event is free for members of the public.

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