The magnificent strains of Beethoven's 6th Symphony and Mahler's 5th Symphony, along with masterworks by Strauss, Wagner and other great composers will be heard at the Symphony Orchestra of India's (SOI) September 2012 Season on September 20th, 25th and 30th. The audiences will be treated to an enthralling repertoire of great symphonic works, tone poems, overtures and operatic pieces.
Presented as part of the celebrations commemorating 60 years of Indo-German diplomatic relations titled "Germany and India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities", the Season will introduce to the Indian audience two outstanding German artists - famous conductor Christoph Poppen and Lena Neudauer, virtuoso German violinist.
The Season will also mark the return to India of Baritone Anooshah Golesorkhi who drew accolades with his performance as the evil police chief Scarpia in the opera Tosca performed by SOI in 2011. SOI's very own Resident Conductor, Zane Dalal, will lead the orchestra for the performance on 30th September. Incidentally, this is SOI's 13th Season as well.
The works presented will be profound and challenging, reflecting the SOI's ability to handle with panache, masterpieces that need technical musical maturity. The orchestral repertoire for the Season not only seeks to challenge our Orchestra, but also inspires them to perform at their very best.
Conductor Herbert von Karajan said that when one hears Mahler's 5th, "You forget that time has passed. A great performance of the Fifth is a transforming experience. The fantastic finale almost forces you to hold your breath." So poignant is the masterpiece that its glorious Adagietto from the fourth movement was immortalised in Luchino Visconti's famous motion picture "Death in Venice". Apart from Mahler's 5th, other enduring masterpieces that will be performed this season are Beethoven's Violin Concerto, Symphony 6 (the Pastoral) and Overture Leonore No. 3 Richard Strauss' Death and Transfiguration is probably being performed for the first time in India by a major orchestra. The third and final concert, conducted by Zane Dalal and featuring Baritone Anooshah Golesorkhi, will be dedicated to popular orchestral and operatic favourites and the ever-tuneful songs by Tosti.
Christoph Poppen has been invited by the Goethe-Institut to conduct the SOI as part of the Indo-German collaboration. He started his musical career as a violinist having won many international violin competitions and being the first violinist of the Cherubini Quartet. Currently, maestro Poppen is much sought after as a conductor and is the Artistic Director of the Munich Chamber Orchestra. He has worked closely with the SOI to prepare for his debut with the orchestra and the season's programme of Wagner, Strauss and Mahler was jointly selected by him and SOI Founder and NCPA Chairman, Mr. Khushroo N. Suntook, especially to cater to the tastes of Mumbai audiences.
German violinist Lena Neudauer makes her Indian debut with the Beethoven Violin Concerto in the all-Beethoven concert. She has studied this violin concerto since the age of 18 and has performed it many times all over the world, the first time with maestro Christoph Poppen, who later became her teacher (was when she was just 20). This artistic collaboration will be renewed once again in the SOI September 2012 Season.
Baritone Anooshah Golesorkhi is a regular guest of leading opera companies throughout Europe and North America, including the Metropolitan Opera whose roster he joined performing the title role of Nabucco.
SOI Co-founder and NCPA Chairman Mr. Khushroo N. Suntook, said, "The Beethoven concert will remind us all of Dr. Bhabha whose great fan he was. We are proud to be performing these masterpieces in his memory. I would also like to give credit to our music director Marat Bisengaliev, and the fine musicians both Indian and foreign who have reached a satisfactory level of skill and musicianship, so that we are now able to programme advanced masterpieces of music repertoire. Our grateful thanks to Goethe-Institut for their friendship, and Citi India for their continued support."
The NCPA is committed to programming and demystifying the arts to allow closer interaction between artistes, and their audiences. As a precursor to the Concert Season, the NCPA in its effort to build conversation around western classical music teaching will hold the Music Educators' Roundtable - a discussion with music teachers at the NCPA on September 1. Moderated by Zane Dalal, the Roundtable will provide an essential forum for discussion and debate about music education and to actively engage with the musical community to discuss and possibly resolve some common challenges faced in India.
To generate interest and educate audiences about Mahler's 5th, Mr. Dalal will also conduct an NCPA Chalk Talk lecture on September 21, at Little Theatre at the NCPA. When it premiered a century ago, Mahler complained that nobody understood it. Mr. Dalal will present an enlightening talk on this outstanding masterpiece - the background of its composition and an analysis of the movements, so that audiences can better appreciate the performance of this symphony by the SOI four days later.
Mr. Dalal is already known in Mumbai for his depth of knowledge in the field of western classical music and his impeccable articulation at lectures. He has in the past delivered a 9-day course on Understanding Western Classical Music, and has also given lectures under the 'NCPA Chalk Talk' series on Understanding Opera, Understand and appreciating Beethoven, Understanding Carmina Burana and on Conducting at various prestigious locations in the city. His lectures are well-received and usually run into packed houses.
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