JIS News

The world-renowned international Baha’i choir, Voices of Baha, will be performing in Jamaica as part of their first Caribbean Tour on July 20 and 21 at the Ward Theatre and University Chapel respectively, under the distinguished patronage of the Governor General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Howard Cooke.
Speaking at a press conference yesterday (June 28), Local Planning Director, Valerie O’Bryan noted that the choir has performed for international organizations such as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to aid charitable causes.
“All proceeds from the performances in Jamaica and the Caribbean will benefit local charities. The two charities in Jamaica, which are earmarked to receive the proceeds are families of policemen slain in the line of duty and the Denham Town Golden Age Home,” she noted.
Noting that the choir was self-supporting, Mrs. O’Bryan described the visit as “a wonderful opportunity to spread the message of the oneness of mankind, peace and the love of God”.
“The Voices of Baha has performed in over 30 countries to critical acclaim and has performed with the best Symphony Orchestras of the world, including the Warsaw Philharmonic and the Budapest Symphony Orchestra, winning prizes in gospel and classical music categories,” she added.
The Voices of Baha has a total membership of more than 1,000 singers from countries throughout the world. The group performs in a variety of styles of choral music, including African-American gospel, popular and folk music, western classical music and the music from many different cultures.
In his address, Chairman of the Planning Committee, Rox-Roy Edwards said the group would be met on July 19 by the Mayor of Kingston and Jamaica Tourist Board officials.
“Courtesy calls will be made on the Governor General and the Leader of the Opposition after which they will attend a reception hosted for them at the Hilton Hotel. The visitors will also visit various places of attraction in the Corporate Area,” he said.
For the performances, Deputy Superintendent B. S. Powell of the Traffic Division is assuring patrons that adequate security will be provided in the vicinity of the Ward Theatre. “Vehicles will be re-routed and parking will be limited in the vicinity of the Theatre, as a shuttle will leave the National Housing Trust (NHT) car park for the Ward Theatre,” he pointed out.
Hilton Hotel and the Paymaster outlets at Liguanea, Cross Roads and Manor Park are the venue for tickets. Persons outside the Corporate Area can access tickets at the Mandeville, Ocho Rios and Montego Bay Paymasters. Tickets for the Ward Theatre are $2,500 (dress circle); $500 (gallery), and $1,000 for the parquet. At the University Chapel, the cost will be $1,000.
The Caribbean tour includes Venezuela, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Trinidad and Tobago. Jamaica is the only country having two performances.