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The universal language of music brings locals and visitors together

by: Abria Cooper, FN News Reporter - Published Monday, November 14, 2016

Students of the Allegro School of Music held a special recital to welcome the Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts (CAAPA) to Grand Bahama on Friday (November 11) at the Church of the Ascension.  

 

The Freeport News attended the performance and spoke to representatives from the school and the CAAPA.

 

Covena Murphy, Proprietor of Allegro School of Music shared how her school got in contact with CAAPA.  

 

Members of CAAPA visited the island while traveling on the Carnival Pride cruise ship from their hometown of Fort Washington, Maryland. “A year ago we got a Facebook message asking for this day to happen,” she said. 

 

Murphy was appreciative for the recital, because it exposed her students to an international platform without having to leave the country.  

 

“It’s an awesome opportunity for our students to be exposed to such great musicians,” she said.

 

She added that the school’s focus and passion is to bring formal training in music to their students.   

 

According to Murphy, the Ministry of Tourism on Grand Bahama partnered with them to help organize the event.  

 

Brooke Grant, Senior Executive of Communications for the Ministry of Tourism spoke about the partnership.

 

“Today the Ministry of Tourism is extremely excited to host this group. A part of what the Ministry of Tourism does is its People-to-People Program,” she said.

 

According to Grant, the People-to-People Program fosters cultural exchange between visitors and locals, and the Allegro School of Music is the local group in this case. 

 

She said that they just want the visitors to enjoy their time on the island and return with their families one day.

 

Terri Allen, Executive Director of CAAPA, said that the group was very excited to partner with the Allegro School of Music, with the intention of an international partnership.  

 

She sated that CAAPA helps to bring color to the classics, by supporting black classical musicians and others in the performing arts.

 

“We wanted to bring an element of the youth and when I was doing research to find the best school on the island, I found the Allegro School of Music and Dr. Murphy has just been so gracious in working with us,” she said.

 

Allen praised the students’ talents calling them remarkable.  She also commended the parents and teachers of the students for their never-ending support.

 

“Without their support they wouldn’t be able to get to school and they wouldn’t be able to go places and perfect their art,” she said.

 

Allen shared that this is the first cruise that CAAPA has ever done.  According to Allen, the cruise is called Arias At Sea and they perform every night that they are on the ship, and it has proven to be successful. 

 

She noted that CAAPA hopes to return to the island for a collaborative event sometime next year.

 

Published  Monday, November 14, 2016 

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