Strings of Western melodies

Strings of Western melodies

Strings of Western melodies

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Presented by the Indo-German Cultural Society (IGCS) and Max Mueller Bhavan on the golden jubilee of the IGCS at the Chowdiah Memorial Hall, the programme witnessed a huge attendance, with the hall being packed to hilt. The secretary of the IGCS, S D Chakravarthy played a good host and entertained everyone with his light-hearted introductions of the dignitaries.

Also known as the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra was started in 1945 by Karl Munchinger, and is known for its interpretations of Bach’s compositions. Once the show began, the audience was mesmerised by the beautiful melodies played by the orchestra, the members of which, played the two main string instruments — the violin and the cello. The orchestra played an Allegro, Adagio and Allegro by John Sebastian Bach, a set of peppy and lively numbers, which were also soothing to the ears.

For the second performance, two more violinists joined the group. Playing melodies of great composers like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Peter Iljitch Tchaikovsky, the talented instrumentalists had all the music-lovers smiling with their smooth rendition and lively tunes.  Said Mrs Rebello, an elderly lady, who was present at the concert with her daughter, “It was one of the best concerts I have ever attended.” Being a huge fan of Western classical music, she was delighted to hear the orchestra play tunes from some of her favourite composers like Bach, Mozart and Tchaikovsky.

“It was a mixed crowd and all the members of the orchestra played in sync with each other. There was no piano or conductor. There were only violins and the musicians did such a wonderful job.” She added, “I have always been fond of German concerts. They are extremely good and always start on time.” The musicians were honoured after the intermission, and after their last performance, there was a request for an encore.

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