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Skiffle Steel Orchestra returns to Sweet Briar for concert, student workshops

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Skiffle Steel Orchestra returns to Sweet Briar for concert, student workshops

Time: April 13, 2017 at 7:30pm to April 15, 2017 at 10pm
Location: Murchison Lane Auditorium at Babcock Fine Arts Center
Street: 134 CHAPEL ROAD SWEET BRIAR,
City/Town: VA 24595
Website or Map: http://sbc.edu/news/trinidads…
Event Type: educational, workshops, concert
Organized By: Sweet Briar College
Latest Activity: Apr 11, 2017

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Skiffle in concert

Members of Skiffle perform live. Photo by Tony Howell

Sweet Briar College will welcome back Trinidad’s famed Skiffle Steel Orchestra for a special concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13, in Murchison Lane Auditorium at Babcock Fine Arts Center. Skiffle will also perform with Sweet Briar’s Skiffle USA at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at Second Stage in Amherst.

Tickets for the show at Second Stage are $5 at the door. Tickets for the Sweet Briar concert are available at skiffleorchestra.bpt.me and are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for students with valid I.D. They are free for the Sweet Briar community and children younger than 12.

Skiffle, based in San Fernando and known around the world, has repeatedly won Trinidad’s prestigious Panorama competition in the traditional category and the World Steelband Music Festival. The music is indigenous to Trinidad and reflects the country’s particular culture and history. The orchestra takes its name from the genre of music known as “skiffle” and defined by the use of found instruments. Today’s steel pans evolved from discarded 55-gallon oil drums, long abundant in the former British colony where oil and gas are economic mainstays.

This will mark the second time members of Skiffle have visited Sweet Briar to perform a concert and conduct workshops with students. The first visit happened in 2014 — a year after assistant professor of music Jeff Jones created a small branch of the orchestra on campus. Skiffle USA features Sweet Briar students and faculty, with regular appearances at College events.

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