Bermuda Festival Announces Full Line-Up

October 8, 2014

The Bermuda Festival has revealed the full line-up for the 2015 Ruby Anniversary of the Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts.

Ian Davidson, Festival Chairman, said, “The inaugural Bermuda Festival started in 1976 thanks to the vision of Yehudi [later Lord] Menuhin, former Governor of Bermuda, Sir Edwin Leather, and founding chairman John Ellison. Ever since, Bermuda has enjoyed a culturally diverse collection of annual performances from a steady flow of illustrious international and local performers.”

“40 years later, we have chosen to look back over those years and to celebrate our special Ruby Anniversary by inviting back some of the most popular performers who have established a special relationship with the island.

“From workshops with the youngest of children, to master classes for adults and collaborative performances, the opportunities provided to local residents by these performers have been rich and varied.

“It is a pleasure to see these talented individuals return to join our celebration. In addition, we are delighted to include some new faces.”

San Francisco’s Alonzo King Lines Ballet

Karen Pollard, the Artistic Director for the Festival, said, “Our featured artists for the 2015 Festival include The English Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco’s Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Bermudian Broadway sensation Rebecca Faulkenberry, Ellis Marsalis, Opera A La Carte performing “La Traviata”, The Los Angeles Guitar Quarter, Pianist William Howard, The Schubert Ensemble of London, The Aquila Theatre Company performing “Wuthering Heights”, Walnut Street Theatre performing “A life in Theatre” and bringing the Festival to a high energy close is Canadian Bee Gees Tribute Band Stayin’ Alive.

“We are particularly thrilled that our special guest, renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, will headline our anniversary Festival with a recital commemorating our three founders.”

Mr. Davidson concluded by saying, “True to the original philosophy of the Founders, the Festival continues to offer a range of performances by a diverse selection of international and local artists.

“Initially the emphasis was on music, but over the past 40 years, we have diversified to cover the entire spectrum of the performing arts so that we provide something for every member of the community.”

Yo-Yo Ma plays the prelude from Bach´s Cello Suite No. 1

“We are thrilled with this year’s line-up and encourage all residents to be part of this historic event. Whether it be by purchasing tickets for the various performances or by being a part of our special team of volunteers, the 40th anniversary of the Festival is a truly special occasion.

“Additionally, this year, we are enhancing our social media presence and will be using Facebook and Twitter to communicate more often with our valued customers and friends. We encourage all residents to “like” the Bermuda Festival so they can receive regular updates on the individual performances and events.

“We are deeply grateful for the unwavering support we have received from the local corporate community throughout the 40 years, and for the dedication of individual donors and volunteers who give so generously to help the Festival.”

Tickets will be available on the Bermuda Festival website and bdatix.bm on November 25 at 10.00am. The dates for the 40th Anniversary Bermuda Festival are January 23, 2015 through to March 8, 2015.

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  1. Cardine Alice says:

    Such a shame the main headline performer Yo Yo Ma is effectively a private performance. Bad form, elitist and such a waste of an opportunity for the public to hear a great performer.

  2. more than enough says:

    Who funds this? Government?

  3. more than enough says:

    What about beyonce?