Music from EU

THE DECEMBER festival season could not have been more vibrant. From Chennai's own kutcheris in the traditional sabhas to national and international artistes invited to The Other Festival, the diary is really full this season.

The latest was the Linos Ensemble concert at the Music Academy on Wednesday, organised by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Max Mueller Bhavan and the delegation of the European Commission.

The European Union, as a part of its `United in Diversity' series of concerts, lined up a couple for the city (a total of 14 concerts across six cities marked the celebrations). The first, showcasing the Concilium Musicum Wien, a quartet from Austria, enthralled the city's elite audiences at the Rama Rao Kala Mandhap auditorium at T.Nagar last week.

When Linos Ensemble from Germany played at the Music Academy, the response was similar. A really quiet and disciplined audience lost themselves in symphonies of Schubert and Mozart. For a good two hours. Even children and toddlers were in total awe.

The clogged parking lot outside and the near perfect and orderly crowd inside was a paradox. After all, not every day do we get to hear the sound of music -- at least, not the vintage Western Classical classics-- in this part of the world.

By Sudhish Kamath

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