From reel to real

From reel to real

Musical extravaganza

From reel to real

If anyone has ever felt that their life should have been straight out of a movie, the ‘Cadence 2015’ musical extravaganza which was held recently at St John’s Auditorium, Koramangala was the place to be.

      Students of The Harmony International Music Foundation presented ‘Music in Reel Life’ and took people through different eras as they presented classics and hit numbers from the 70s and the 80s to the modern times.

      The show heard voices from across the globe, flavours of world music and musical melanges and medleys that defied genres. 

Though the success of the past editions of ‘Cadence’ was riding high on Harmony Foundation, the artistes looked like they weren’t under pressure and pulled off their performances with ease.

    It started with ‘What A Wonderful World’ where soloists Alex Koshy and Priya Radhakrishnan weaved magic with their wonderful voices. Neha Sharon Jacob, Anezka Kurian and Priya also stunned the audience with ‘Reflection’ from ‘Mulan’ and each of them carried a spoonful of energy. Benny Godwin, Tiara Oberoi, Tiana Oberoi, Jahnavi Rajesh, Roshini Patel and Rishi Shet were the other soloists who charmed the audience and carried the promise of hope for a better world.

      Two singers from the Harmony school, Priya Radhakrishnan and Shubhangi Das have won the American Protege International Voice Competition and will perform at Carnegie Hall, New York.

The show was interspersed with slow medleys such as ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’ by Karen Lafferty and ‘Somewhere My Love’ by Sandra Oberoi along with peppy hits such as the theme songs from ‘Mission Impossible’ and ‘Pirates of The Caribbean’.

      The major highlights were ‘Happy’ from ‘Despicable Me 2’ and ‘Jai Ho’ from ‘Slumdog Millionaire’. Students from the Harmony Chorus turned up in minions and twirled on stage on skateboards which brought the audience to their feet. ‘Happy’ was the song which indeed brought everyone to their feet.

‘Pink Panther’ shocked the audience and Richard David Tholoor’s contemporary and robotic performance along with the Harmony Choir was another preferred choice among
the favourites.

       The Harmony band and members of ‘Shona Dee Dance Academy’ showed equal vigour. The show was choreographed by the accomplished Brian Shaji.  Despite a few technical glitches, this year’s ‘Cadence’ proved to be extra special as choirs and guest artistes were brought in by Harmony to perform at the show.

       The Ebenezer International School Choir and Bethany High School Choir showed equal enthusiasm on stage. The audience loved ‘Morning Glow’ and ‘No Time At All’ from ‘Pippin’, by the Bethany High School Choir and everyone fell in love with the tiny girl who acted as a wise old grandma!

    The audience also took a glimpse into a video which was a whirlwind tour through the crazy practises and challenges Harmony braved through to bring out such an outstanding performance.

 The show also featured guest artistes Karen Lafferty, musician from New Mexico, and Joyce Meade, a violinist from Texas, who showed their musical prowess by beautifully stringing together songs like ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’ and ‘The Rose’.

     Sujith Babu, a creative pianist from Kerala, was also one of the star performers. The show culminated with a wonderful Bollywood medley by the Harmony junior and senior choir which was the perfect end to a magical evening.

‘Cadence’ 2015 was directed by Sandra Oberoi and each year, the edition only gets better. It rings in the message of the power of music and the impact it has on everyone’s lives.

Through meaningful music, outstanding performances and colourful choreography, ‘Cadence’ is one of the best repertoires to mark the end of the year.     The proceeds of the show will go towards ‘EDUCATE’, a scholarship which helps enrich the lives of uneducated children.

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