Trio Chicago & Friends (TC&F), an American music ensemble praised for its annual tours to remote parts of the globe as cultural ambassadors, visited the Marshall Islands last week as part of a Pacific Island tour that also included stops in the Federated States of Micronesia and Palau. While in the Marshall Islands, TC&F performed three well-attended concerts: one on Majuro, one on Ebeye, and one on the U.S. Army Garrison Kwajalein Atoll. In addition to these concerts, TC&F conducted a “master class” with ukulele players from Youth-to-Youth in Health in Majuro. The highlight of the Majuro concert came when the Youth-to-Youth ukulele players joined TC&F to perform “Caravan” at the end of the show.
TC&F has been consistently recognized for its stylistic versatility in concerts, and for its master classes and teaching interchanges with local students. TC&F features American music by composers such as Gershwin, Ellington, Bernstein, Copland, Pat Metheny, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin. In addition to the countries visited during this Pacific Island tour, TC&F has also played concerts in Belize, Venezuela, Barbados, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, Turkey, Ethiopia, Mali, Zambia, Uganda, the Russian Far East, Djibouti, Jordan, Egypt, Mongolia, Paraguay, Papua New Guinea, China and Botswana.