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Echo of unique sound and timbre

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Last Updated : 09 July 2010, 13:03 IST
Last Updated : 09 July 2010, 13:03 IST

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The Bangalore School of Music presents, for the first time in Bangalore, a unique ensemble comprising of 12 Cellos, two Double Bass’, and also featuring the Golden Voice from Sri Lanka — Mary Ann David of the famous Merry Singers. Directed by Dushyanthi Perera, the Ensemble will present music lovers an entertaining combination of classical, jazz and contemporary music. The event will be held on July 11, 7 pm at Alliance Francaise.

 The ensemble has a unique sound and timbre all its own. Though the instrument is known for its warmth of sound and mellow ‘speaking’ voice, it is capable of a much wider range of styles, sounds and musical textures.

Over the last few years, the Cantando Cello Ensemble has performed works written specifically for cello orchestra — such as Bachianas Brasilleiras No 1 by Heitor Villa-Lobos — as well as arrangements and transcriptions of well-known works, such as Bach’s Chaconne in D minor, Toccata and Fugue in D minor, Saint Saens Danse Macabre, Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances and The Holberg Suite by Grieg.

Apart from standard classical repertoire, the ensemble also performs jazz and contemporary music. Recently, it premiered Sri-Lankan composer Eshantha Peiris’ Cello Octet, and has featured music by the Beatles, Leonard Bernstein, and the suite for cello and jazz trio by Claude Bolling.

Donor passes are available at the Bangalore School of Music and at the venue.
For details, call 23536090.

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Published 09 July 2010, 13:00 IST

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