A musical birthday

THE STRAINS of music that wafted out of the city's landmark music store, Music World were dissimilar to the ones that emanate on a regular day. But this was no ordinary day; the store was celebrating its fifth anniversary and did it in style. At the appointed hour the high-powered stereo systems that play pop and rock music were switched off; now was the time for some central masterpieces from western classical music. As members of the string section (western music) from National Academy of Music, Ravipuram took their seats, whether a casual listener of music or a classical enthusiast each one slipped into pin drop silence. With the first cue from the conductor the one-stop-shop of CDs and cassettes was transformed into a bona fide auditorium. The programme started with a bouquet of hymns, with the violinists performing Abide with Me, Soul of my Saviour, Lead Kindly Light, and O, Perfect Love. A wide variety of genres followed with the team bridging the gap that exists between the layman and the masters of music.

Classical music has an elite patronage and it was an opportunity for the morning shoppers to get a rare glimpse into this revered art. Allegro-From Suite No. 3 in D Minor by Handel; Loure by Bach, Londonderry Air (Oh Danny Boy), Irish Melody and Far from Home by Wm. C. Honeyman were sensitively performed. Perhaps the best was reserved for the end. Carol George a distinction-holder eighth grade of Trinity College (for the uninitiated, there are only eight grades) performed three solo pieces; the high level of scholarship and practice was evident when he played masterpieces by Bach, Paganini and Joplin. George is currently studying music at the Bangalore School of Music and has performed at many concerts in the city.

The programme lasted for the one hour. Music World has often hosted DJs and Rock bands but this time it showcased a symphony of a different kind.


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