On a musical journey...

CELEBRATORY NOTES

One of the institutions that has always contributed to the City’s rich music scene is the Bangalore School of Music (BSM).

In sync: The ‘Bangalore School of Music Orchestra’. Having completed 25 years, the institution was in the mood to celebrate and what better way to celebrate the day than with a beautiful concert by the 36-member ‘BSM Orchestra’.

Called ‘Odyssey 2012’, the inaugural concert was filled with well-wishers and music afficionados including Dr Thomas Chandy, who was announced as the first ‘Life Patron’ of BSM. “I have always enjoyed coming to all of their concerts. They have brought in such a variety of well-known artistes and given an amazing platform for even the upcoming ones,” he said.

Aruna Sunderlal, the founder and managing trustee of the place, was emotional and expressed her happiness about the BSM celebrating 25 years. “Looking back, all I can say is that if there is one thing that has kept us going, it’s the passion of bringing music to the people of Bangalore,” she said.

On a very lively note, Narayanaswamy V, the conductor, started the evening with a classic, ‘Overture from Marriage of Figaro’ by W A Mozart. While they had scheduled to play a G Telemann composition, the orchestra decided that the composition was not suited for the evening. “Looking at the mood of the evening, we wanted to keep everything light and joyful which is why we felt that Telemann was best suited for another day,” said Narayanaswamy.

Rightly, the orchestra replaced the composition with a different Mozart composition. The composition, Naray­an­aswamy said, has been an inspiration for many Bollywood numbers.

“One can see the contrast of joy and sorrow ma­king it a very beautiful composition,” said Ranjan, a member of the audience. Soon the concert made way to more light classics including the ‘Hungarian Dance No 5’ by J Brahms making it a delightful treat for all those present.

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