The Bermuda Civic Ballet presents classical ballets at various venues. On occasion, a major European or American guest artist appears with the troupe. The National Dance Theater of Bermuda also stages performances, both classical and modern, around the island. Ask at the tourist office or call the box office at the Visitors Information Centre to check the troupe's schedules during your visit; prices vary with the performance.
The Bermuda Philharmonic Society, which maintains strong links to the orchestral scene in the U.K., presents four regular concerts during the season. Special outdoor "Classical Pops" concerts are presented on the first weekend in June in St. George and at the Royal Naval Dockyard. Concerts usually feature the Bermuda Philharmonic orchestra, the choir, and guest soloists. You can get tickets and concert schedules by calling Sue Blakely at tel. 441/238-1108. Tickets generally cost $18 to $25; seniors and students are often granted discounts, depending on the performance.
The Big Event: The Bermuda Festival -- Bermuda's major cultural event is the Bermuda Festival, staged every January and February. Outstanding international classical, jazz, and pop artists perform, and major theatrical and dance companies from around the globe stage productions. During the festival, performances take place on varying nights. Ticket prices start at $55, $20 for children's shows. Some festival tickets are reserved until 48 hours before curtain time for visitors. Visitors who'd like tickets can contact Axiom (tel. 441/907-4262; www.bermudafestival.org), which holds back a number of tickets that locals cannot access. Most performances are at City Hall Theatre, City Hall, Church Street, the City of Hamilton. For more information and reservations, contact the Bermuda Festival, P.O. Box HM 297, Hamilton HM AX, Bermuda (tel. 441/295-1291; fax 441/295-7403; www.bermudafestival.org).
Ask at the tourist office or call the box office at the Visitors Information Centre to see whether the gombey dancers will be performing during your stay. Gombey (commonly pronounced goom-bee or gom-bay) is the island's single most important cultural expression of African heritage. Once part of slave culture, the tradition dates from the mid-1700s. The national dance troupe of talented men and women often performs at one of the big hotels in winter (and, on occasion, aboard cruise ships for passengers). On holidays, you'll see the gombeys dancing through the streets of the City of Hamilton in colorful costumes.
Bermuda is the only place outside of Cambridge where Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals are staged. Performances have been presented in Bermuda during College Weeks (Mar-Apr) since the 1960s. They're staged at the City Hall Theatre on Church Street in the City of Hamilton; call the box office at the Visitors Information Centre for tickets, costing about $26 each.
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