Karen Smith Scholarship Concert Now Set For October 9

Karen Smith Scholarship Concert Now Set For October 9

September 27, 2022 – Kingston, Jamaica: A new date has been set for the inaugural Karen Smith
Memorial Scholarship Concert.
The event, which was originally slated for last Sunday, September 25, had to be postponed due
to the inclement weather associated with the passage of Tropical Storm Ian which skirted Jamaica
but dumped inches of rainfall on the island. The fund-raising concert has now been rescheduled
for Sunday October 9, at the Vera Moody Concert Hall at the Edna Manley College of the Visual
and Performing Arts starting at 6:00 pm.
Acting Dean at the college’s School of Music Andre Adman noted that the organisers were left
no choice given the weather system which began affecting the island as early as Friday night.
“We just had to take a decision given the possibility for thunderstorms and flooding. The last
thing we would want it to put any of our performers or patrons in a position of danger due to the
possible flood rains,” Adman stated.
“Everyone was ready, we were having rehearsals on last Friday when the decision was taken to
postpone. We just want persons who are already holding tickets aware that these will be valid
for the new date,” Adman continued.
All the acts who were originally billed to perform at the event have committed to the new date.
Among the acts who have given their time and talent gratis to this effort are Ernie Smith, Dean
Frazer, Boris Gardiner, Desi Jones, Gem Myers, Jon Williams, Carlene Davis, DiMario McDowell,
Peter Ashbourne, Pam Hall, Junior Tucker, Seretse Small, Dwight Richards, Keisha Patterson,
Rosina Christina Moder, Maria Myrie, Charmaine Lemonious and Ozou’ne. Karen Smith’s
widower, renowned bass player Jackie Jackson, and their daughter Courtni are also set to deliver
a special performance for patrons.

The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts has been through several stages in its evolution. The four Schools—Drama, Music, Dance, and Visual Arts—started out at different locations in Kingston. Two of the Schools, namely the School of Art and the School of Music, are historic because of their establishment in 1951 and 1961 respectively, before the island gained its independence from Britain in 1962.

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