THURSDAY, OCT. 11: The Bermuda National Gallery will celebrate its 20th anniversary with an intimate music event.

World-renowned soprano Laura Aikin will be the star of the night to delight the crowd with operatic arias and song.

The event will be held on October 20 on the lawn of the Bacardi Headquarters from 7pm to 10pm.

Organiser Gary Phillips said: “The Bermuda National Gallery has always appreciated the adroit link between all art forms and especially the visual arts and music.

“Friends of the Bermuda National Gallery will recall the regular programming of Champagne with our then development director Gita Blakeney.

“Of course the month of February has in recent years brought many friends in the BNG for the Tourism promoted Feel the Love series.

“This programming was also designed to attract a new audience and deepen the Gallery relationship with there sectors of the community.”

As for next week’s event, he said: “The idea of a night of operatic arias is a new and fun variation on the theme of the art of music and we are excited about presenting to Bermuda audiences the extraordinary voice of Laura Aikin, who in addition to simply being one the major soprano voices on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean is a former student of Dr Gary Burgess when he was professor of Opera at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

“And it was through Dr Burgess that I was able to approach Laura Aikin who has retained the highest respect and regard for Dr Burgess in whose distinguished presence this concert will be performed.”

Mr Phillips said Oliver Grant will accompany Ms Aikin on the piano.

“Most importantly we are most grateful the support and encouragement we are receiving from Bacardi who are also the major sponsors for current Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Bermuda Art.

“This concert helps the Bermuda National Gallery celebrate its 20th Anniversary year and is a vehicle to attract more support for our overall programming and vision.

“These all are steps that we have embarked upon to secure our future.”

Limited tickets are $1,000 for patrons, $500 for fellows and $100 for friends.

They are available at www.bdatix.bm.