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    13 August 2017 -


Western Music Festival & Piano Competition 

An NCPA & Furtados Presentation 

To celebrate 70 years of Indian independence, Con Brio will present a unique concert programme of works with an Indian connection. Mark Troop, Marialena Fernandes, Patricia Rozario and Paul Stewart will be present as will several past Con Brio competition winners and young Indian instrumentalists, singers from Giving Voice Society as well as the Paranjoti Academy Chorus under Coomi Wadia.


Inspired by India

Friday, 11th – 7.00 pm

In the opening concert, performers will explore works by western composers who were strongly influenced by India. Nikolai Medtner’s Third Piano Concerto, which was dedicated to the Maharajah of Mysore, shall be heard in a two piano version. Yoram Paporisz’s 18 short piano pieces, Delage’s Ragamalika and Roussel’s Krishna are all based on Indian ragas. Delibes’s Lakmé, Holst’s Rig Veda Hymns, Hovhaness’s Ghazals are all Indian themed. Sorabji’s entire oeuvre is in some sense connected to India.

Tickets: `400 & 240/- (plus GST)


Competition Semifinals

Saturday, 12th – 11.00 am

The semifinalists this year are Arya (Bangalore), Chathavi Vüprü (Dimapur), Khiyanur Mathew Vallikad (Bengaluru), Nipun Malhotra (Delhi) and Sonam Lodhi (Pune), and they will perform complete classical sonatas: Beethoven’s Pathetique, Tempest and Hunt and Mozart’s Hunt.

Tickets: `240/- (plus GST)


A Celebration of Indian Composers

Saturday, 12th – 7.00 pm

It might be the first time that an entire programme is comprised works solely by Indian composers in the Western paradigm. Vineet Panikkar, a Con Brio competitor, will be featured as a composer. To celebrate Vanraj Bhatia’s 90th birthday, his Piano Concerto in One Movement, which has not been performed since 1959, will be presented along with his Violin Sonatina. Works by Nariman Wadia, Victor Paranjoti, Naresh Sohal and Param Vir will also be included. And to end, a little Farrokh Bulsara.

Tickets: `400 & 240/- (plus GST)


1947: World Premieres from our Year of Independence

Sunday, 13th – 6.30 pm

The music premiered in 1947 gives a vivid insight into the emerging ideologies of the time and displays the pervasion of independence and freedom. Britten’s Canticle – My Beloved is Mine, Henze’s Sonatina for Flute and Piano, Duruflé’s Requiem, Stravinsky’s Concerto for Strings and Ginastera’s Suite de Danzas Criollas are all from the last year under the Raj. The jazz and pop genres that were gaining great momentum at the time will also not be forgotten.

Tickets: `400 & 240/- (plus GST)


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