This Christmas the Lydians, comprising singers, steel ensemble, drummers, dancers and more make a call to the nation to hold out a light this Christmas. Their 2017 production “Hold Out Your Light” premieres on Thursday 14th December and will encompass a full-length stage production. Featured in “Hold Out Your Light” will be a fusion between a full 100-plus member cast and the creative innovation of North Eleven light projection. Billed as “a celebration of light and music,” the concert will run until Sunday 17th December. Showtime Thursday to Saturday is 7:30 pm with the finale at 6pm on Sunday.
The power and exhilaration of the Negro Spiritual will flow into Christmas to evoke potent emotions reflected through three beacons of light: The Church, The Home and The Community. The call to Hold Out Your Light is one inspired by light prevailing over darkness expressed through the iconic example of the abolitionist and humanitarian Harriet Tubman, who led hundreds of the enslaved to freedom by the light of her lamp through the underground railroad. She was a powerful example of holding out a light against injustice, cruelty and inhumanity. At Christmas and all through the year, the light of perseverance, selfless service and goodwill remains important and a poignant message for all. The all-star production team includes Creative Director Wendell Manwarren with words by Muhammad Muwakil. Dave Cooper of Hybrid Theory Productions debuts with the Lydians on Set Design and Celia Wells returns for lighting design with the ‘wow’ factor – North Eleven projection. Claudette Edwards with Ian Smith will have the Lydians in fine costumes and sound design will be done by Kino Alvarez, Alan Changoor and Alroy Harry. Succeeding the iconic Dr Pat Bishop as Lydians musical director/conductor is Lorraine Granderson, also the music tutor of Bishop Anstey High School.
Tickets are priced at $100 for the opening night on Thursday and $150 (General) and $200 (Special Reserved) for the Friday to Sunday shows