The Sound of the Winds and Ivories was an evening of excellence by student artistes and their teachers at the BSM East West Centre

Music connoisseurs of the city were in for an aural treat as musicians of the Bangalore School of Music rendered an enthralling performance as part of the School's annual Music Festival. The concert titled, “The Sound of the Winds and Ivories” was a rendition of the School's finest flautists, recorder players and pianists at the BSM East West Centre Auditorium last weekend.

Showcasing senior student artistes and their teachers in a concert of multi-talented proportions, the evening was a proud moment for the families of the students delivering their pieces.

The evening began with flautist Ashwini V. and pianist Paulette DeMello rendering an Allegretto from Mozart's “The Magic Flute”. The euphonic piece paved way for a flute and clavier duo by Louise Pinto and Juanita Jayant. The strains of the serene sonata in G minor by Bach had the flute punching the melodies while the clavier accompaniment based the strains perfectly.

Ashwini V., Goutham S. and Paulette D. came on stage next for a rousing Sonata for three flutes in G Major by Dornel. The gallantly virtuosic ensemble delivered the three-part harmony like songbirds in a glorious spectrum of melodies.

A Donizetti-composed sonata for flute and piano followed with Goutham and Marcus D. performing with musical gusto. The strong emotive composition created perfect ambience for a magnificent rendering of Hayden's London trio No. 1 by Louise P, Paulette D on flute and Laura H on the cello. The accomplished cellist and the two flautists played the rousing piece with impeccable finesse.

The finale for the first half featured instrumentalists delivering a power-packed concert in a minor for two recorders. With Alexandra R. and Divya M. on the recorders, Luise H. and Meera G. on the violins, Divya R. playing the viola, Laura H. on the cello and Premila G. on the clavier, the finale was a phenomenal orchestration of sounds. The mélange of instruments blending harmony of the spirit-lifting song received a thunderous applause by the awed audience.

The second half was wholly for students of piano who performed their best pieces in a segment of Black and White Harmonies. The elegant nuances of legendary composers such as Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Bartók among others, flowed from the stage alongside more contemporary dance and song compositions.

Little maestro Alfia S. played the Saltarello, while Tejus J. keyed the Allemande in D minor and “Evening in the Country” with creative ease. Sasha G. played the Sonatina in C (1st movement) and Toccatina and Tanmaya P. performed a nostalgic “For Lane and Remembrance”. Brian P. rendered Bartok's Sonatina (third movement) while Saloni R. effortlessly keyed the Shepherd's song in sonic gracefulness.

Nikhil B. then performed the Mazurka in A minor and the Valse in B minor with Manasa M. following up with Bartok's “Sonatina” (Finale) and Mendelssohn's “Song without Words”. Sheba K. wrapped up the concert with an eclectic recreation of “Buccaneer and Horse Waves”.

The evening had fond memories for many a teary-eyed parent and teacher who took back treasured and proud moments of seeing their students and children en route to a wonderful life in music.