Concert emphasizes multiculturalism

SANDWICH — OD TAPO IMI Steel Drum Pop Vocal Band will perform three shows on Wednesday, Jan. 30 as part of the Performing Arts for Youth and Seniors Series at the Sandwich Opera House. Performances are at 9 and 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

OD TAPO IMI is an acronym for Oil Drums That Are Pounded Out Into Musical Instruments.
The core instrument of OD TAPO IMI’s show is the steel drum, invented around the time of World War II on the island of Trinidad, West Indies, where there was a plethora of oil drums left on the island from off-shore drilling. Simply put, the steel drum, is the bottom of an oil drum with each creating a musical pitch.

The performance is thematically oriented to multiculturalism and a green emphasis including recycling and repurposing. Audience members participate with a pots and pans “drum circle,” and call and response singing. Songs included are “Jump in the Line,” “Day-Oh,” “Under the Sea,” “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and “Hot-Hot-Hot.” A geographic and multicultural discussion of the Caribbean Islands, particularly Trinidad, West Indies will be conducted as well.

Seating is available at all three shows. Admission is $3.50 for children and adults accompanied by a child or $5 for adults without a child and may be purchased 30 minutes before show time.  For more information, call 815-786-2555 weekdays from 8 to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m.

The Opera House is located at 140 E. Railroad St. in Sandwich. Programs at the Sandwich Opera House are supported in part by a grant from The Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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