Thursday, September 30, 2010

'Broadway Baby' wows audience and brings master voice class to Grand Bahama singers

Dalia’s former voice teacher, Robert Edwin joins her on stage. (Photo courtesy Dave Mackey)


FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Dalia Feldman and Friends wowed the audience at the Regency Theatre last Saturday night, September 25th, with classic Broadway songs just released on her new CD, Broadway Baby, which benefits The Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society and their scholarships for local performing arts students.

Delighting the crowd with favourite show tunes that sparked memories of falling in love with live theatre attending Broadway shows as a child, Dalia Feldman performed hit songs accompanied by Dr. Christy Lee on the piano, and sang duets with international baritone Robert Edwin—her long time voice teacher. Robert Edwin is a singer, composer, teacher, and writer who has sung all over the world, from New York’s Carnegie Hall to Bach cantatas in European cathedrals. Edwin’s diverse performing career is matched by his equally diverse teaching credentials.

A lucky handful of local voice students were able to attend his Master Class on Sunday, 26 September, following the Broadway Baby concert. A singing teacher and coach since 1975, Mr. Edwin teaches voice technique, repertoire development, and performing skills and presence as part of his dynamic and personalized approach that helps students discover and cultivate their own creative gifts.



  






 Dalia Feldman performed hit songs accompanied by Dr. Christy Lee on the piano. (Photo courtesy Dave Mackey)

Providing the beautiful arrangements and accompanying these talented singers on the piano at both events was The College of The Bahamas’ own Assistant Professor of Music, Dr. Christy Lee. She is also credited with lending her musical skills in working with Dalia Feldman on recording the songs in the new CD, which is available at The Mail Drop, The Silk Cafe, and soon at www.cdbaby.com. Proceeds from the Broadway Baby CD sales will go to The Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society scholarships. Catch updates on the Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society Facebook page.

The cast presented Feldman with a birthday cake following her dynamic performance Saturday evening. 

Having first experienced Broadway shows when her generous older brother treated her to performances as childhood birthday and Christmas gifts, Feldman was “... overjoyed to be able to give back some of the magic I experienced in the theatre at an early age. It is my sincere hope that this new album will help open doors for a new generation of talented singers, dancers, musicians, and production talent to finely develop their own unique gifts and love of theatre.”

 Robert Edwin (right) gives Walter Parker Primary School Music teacher, Erika Weir, some vocal pointers at Sunday’s Master class. (Photo: Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society)



Robert Edwin (right) works with local singer, Javan Hunt, at Sunday’s Master Class. (Photo: Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society)


Broadway Baby was a joint production of the Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society and the Freeport Players Guild. Both groups wish to thank the sponsors of this event for their very generous support: Pelican Bay Hotel, American Airlines, Thayer’s Natural Remedies, The Bahamas Weekly, Keen i Media, Butler’s Food World, and Antoni’s Pizzeria as well as those who provided meals and gifts for our visiting artists: Agave, Banana Bay Restaurant, The Garden Café, Italian Specialty Imports and Cocoa Plum Chocolates.

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