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Vieques- March 19, 2012 - Fourth Annual Vieques Pops - The Caberet - A Sparkling Evening of Music NEW

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Fourth Annual Vieques Pops - The Caberet - A Sparkling Evening of Music

by Sheila Levin

The Fourth Annual Vieques Pops confirmed once again that no one has as much fun as musicians - the Featured stars of the Pops, Carola Ausbury and Luis Marin wrapped up their talent, their warmth and their joy, tied it with a rhythmic bow and made a gift to the audience that we will long remember.

This cabaret version of the POPS, sponsored the the Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust, started with drinks and hor d'oeuvres on the lawn of the W hotel, and then packed the W auditorium to hear Mark Martin Bras,VCHT Director of Community Relations, by now an experienced and utterly charming MC, welcome the guests and introduce Carola Ausbury, Luis Marin and the rest of the "Big Band" who came together for the first time especially for this special performance.

The evening was a benefit for the VCHT, whose mission is to foster, study, educate, protect and conserve the environment, the archaeological and cultural resources of Vieques. This evening supports the children of Vieques through the MANTA program, which serves many of Vieques' young people.

Carola and Luis Marin delivered a perfect blend of American classic songs and Puerto Rican and International favorites. Broadway tunes, Gershwin, and Miles Davis were well represented with Carola delivering her "favorite" Round Midnight to a standing ovation.

Marin, a classical pianist very much in demand, led the band is several pure jazz renditions, sweet and poignant, while his solo was stunning for the clarity of the notes and the passion of his performance.

A saxophone trio brought the house down, as did lively renditions of "A tisket, a tasket", "Preciosa" and "Cry Me a River"

After a champagne reception, hosted by the W Hotel, the evening resumed with more show tunes and Big Band spectaculars.

Barbara Hyland, the President of the VCHT, took a moment to thank both the W, Mark Martin, and the many people who cooperated on he concert, especially Jerry Hanley, who was in charge of the evening.


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She is also the owner of Vieques Fine Properties.

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