Trinidad & Tobago host Steel Pan Concerts throughout September

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Steel pan aficionados and novices alike can enjoy the powerful and melodic sounds of the only musical instrument invented in the 20th Century throughout the month of September during the Pan Yard Sensations.

Hosted by the Tourism Development Company Limited (TDC) and Pantrinbago Incorporated, the Pan Yard Sensations concert series will start on Saturday, September 9, 2006 and run every weekend in different communities throughout Trinidad & Tobago until Saturday, September 30, 2006.

“Pan Yard Sensations was born out of a need to not only showcase steel pan music, but to also showcase it within the context of its birthplace – the pan yard. The rustic charm of the panyard is unique and is an integral part of this instrument’s history, and by extension, our people’s history. The panyard is a place of innovation and creation and we want people to experience that as well,” said Angela Fox, Media/Communications liaison, Pantrinbago Incorporated.

The concerts will begin in north Trinidad with panyard performances by Curepe Scherzando on Saturday, September 9 and Courts Sound Specialists of Laventille on Saturday, September 16.

The concerts will move to south Trinidad on Sunday, September 17 in the panyard of the Southern Marines of Marabella and then to Tobago, with performances by Carib Dixieland in Mt. Pleasant and T&TEC East Side New Dimension in Belle Garden, on Friday, September 22 and Saturday, September 23.

The concerts will resume in central Trinidad, in the panyard of the Couva Joylanders. The two final concerts will be held on Friday, September 29 and Saturday, September 30 with the Excellent Stores Silver Stars on Tragerete Road and the Solo Pan Knights of Barataria.

“This has been a highly successful event to date and we want to continue giving our national instrument the prominence that it deserves, outside the Carnival season. This provides visitors with the opportunity to experience steel pan in its authentic surroundings,” added Dr. James Hepple, President and Director of Tourism, TDC.

Entry to each concert is $25 TT (approximately $4 USD). For more information about Pan Yard Sensations 2006, visit www.visittnt.com, www.tdc.co.tt or www.pantrinbago.co.tt

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