Editorâ€™s note:This is a guest post from Danielle Edwards – a Literature and History student and an aspiring Journalist.
Last weekendâ€™s Chorale Celebration by our beloved Sisserou Singers was truly sensational: a delightful treat for music lovers mingled with a stunning show of Caribbean choreography and an excellent display of our Dominican heritage. The showâ€™s originality is perhaps what has left its biggest impression on most of our minds- the stage setting was a miniature paradise with its ferns, anthuriums and props from the recently staged â€˜Fencesâ€™. One of the Costumes incorporated the liberation colours with those of the Dominican flag, while the women looked like real Nubian Queens in a remarkable rendition of Taurus Rileyâ€™s â€˜Sheâ€™s Royalâ€™.
The folkloric element of the performance was outstanding and the audience was continuously amused by the hilarious tale of a Salisbury family of orphaned sons and daughters haunted by a history of schizophrenia, who eventually began selling traditional confectionaries to overcome their economic challenges.
The showâ€™s artistic creation was overwhelming in every aspect- drama, art, music and dance was everywhere! Supporting flautists, pianists and other young musicians also graced the stage. In no uncertain terms: Our Culture at its Very Best.
There is no doubt that we all left the Chorale Celebration feeling a greater sense of pride to be Dominican than when we entered, for the underlying message was laced with patriotism, particularly for this yearâ€™s celebrants of Reunion 2008. I have seen previous praiseworthy performances by the Sisserou Singers, but this one takes the cake.
Cheers to Ms. Pearl Christian and the Sisserou Singers for this superb presentation of talent and celebration of culture. You have indeed made us proud!