t was a capacity audience that experienced Steve Higgins & Friends’ concert “Music of the Heart”, as the performers burst onto the Cayman Islands stage with a classy, refreshing, well-executed Musical affair! Dahlia Wynter, April Marr, Amaya Lewis & Steve Higgins presented their concert under the distinguished patronage of the Consul General of Jamaica, R. Oliver Mair, on Sunday September 1, 2019 in the Ballroom of the Marriott Beach Resort.
The program commenced with a warm welcome extended to all by Mr. Higgins who doubled as compere for the program and who introduced the new Consul General of Jamaica to the Southeast USA, Bahamas & The Cayman Islands. The Consul General Mair gave greetings on behalf of the consulate, which is located in Miami, and congratulated the troupe for their efforts in putting on this benefit concert, despite the threat of hurricane Dorian which was at the time heading toward South Florida, where thy all reside.
Just before the show began, the audience heard from the two sponsors, Henry Mander (HARNEYS) and Stephen Turner (SMP Partners) who expressed their delight at being there and at their being able to support the worthy beneficiaries of the show’s proceeds; -the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens, whose outreach programs support the fight against breast cancer and the Cayman Islands Cancer Society. Following last year’s show, (2018) the singers made a contribution of over CI$7,000 to both entities. (See Cayman Compass Oct 22,’18).
The ‘curtains went up’ with trio Dahlia, April & Steve bringing us true nostalgia- ” Love me with all your heart” with such warmth, control and impeccable harmony. Higgins then delivered a smooth version of the Bolero-Mambo song “SWAY”, which was made famous by Dean Martin. Wynter followed, with a sweet, melodious tone then gave us “I dreamed a dream” from “Les Miserables”, before April Marr gave us an engaging favourite of yesteryear “Walk on by” (Dionne Warwick). Throughout the program, the songs performed were characterized by great dynamics and musical interpretation with mesmerizing dances by Amaya Lewis which elevated the show to another level! Her well-choreographed routines accentuated every melody being sung by the artistes, regardless of 1/3