This series had its genesis as a set of music, choral and dramatic recitals which were first staged in 1942 at the Institute of Jamaica. The early concerts were music recitals which comprised of programmes of recorded classical music and performances by local and foreign musicians.
Since then, this concert series has evolved into an outreach programme which promotes an interest in not only classical music, but also of local cultural art forms such as music, speech and dance of a variety of genres. These concerts are presented to the public free of charge and are usually held once a month in the Lecture Hall of the Institute of Jamaica.
In the recent past, appearances have been made by L’Acadco Dance Company, Carifolk Singers, Fab Five Band, Bare Essentials Band, No Limit Band, Movements Dance Company, ASHE Ensemble, Ernie Smith, Joan Andrea Hutchinson, Jamaica Youth Theatre, The National Folk Group for the Blind, A.J. Brown, C-Sharp Band, Edna Manley Steel Band,Music workshop Arts, Benjy Myaz, Jamaica Youth Chorale, Carole Reid, Mystic Revelation of Rastafari, and Aria Morgan to name a few.
This cultural outreach programme is generally geared towards students from all over the island, and include those from all age, primary and high schools. This presents a creative and unique opportunity for entertainers to play their part in being a positive musical influence in the lives of the nation’s future: our children.