Flautist Uberto Orlando with the CCO in a fundraiser
at the ITC Sonar
The Calcutta School of Music Centenary Fundraiser Concert was conducted on 16thFebruary at Pala-ITC Sonar, Kolkata. The concert featured the CCO with international flautist Uberto Orlando, performing in a unique programme including a recently discovered ‘Tchaikovsky Flute Concerto’. The concert saw a full house comprising a mesmerised and appreciative audience. The Chief Guest for the evening was Mr. Victor Banerjee. The programme began with speeches from Ms. Dickoo Nowroji-President Calcutta School of Music, Mr. Victor Banerjee and Mr. Atul Bhalla-General Manager ITC Sonar, Kolkata. This was followed by a wonderful arrangement of the National Anthem performed by the CCO. The musical performance by CCO and flautist Uberto Orlando was very well appreciated and demanded an encore. The programme ended with a wonderful solo piece by Claude Debussy played with perfection by Uberto Orlando .
CCO in Some Enchanted Evening
The Tollygunge Club & Calcutta School of Music presented The Calcutta Chamber Orchestra performing ‘Some Enchanted Evening’on Saturday 19 November 2011 at 7pm, at the Tollygunge Club Tea Lawn.
The evening was a grand success with an enthusiastic and overflowing audience. This was made possible with the kind support of all our sponsors.
The light music programme performed was as follows:
South Pacific Medley
Purano Shei Diner Katha
When I’m 64
Pran Chay Chokhu Na Chay
Blue Danube Waltz
Encore : Farandole March
Maestro Pheroze Mistri and the CCO
Pheroze Mistri had his early musical training in Mumbai. He later studied at the Vienna Academy of Music in Vienna, Austria, majoring in violin and conducting. He was a finalist at the Herbert Von Karajan competition for conductors in Berlin. He has conducted several European Orchestras including the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Slovak Philharmonic, both in Slovakia.
Mr. Mistri later settled in the U.S.A teaching and performing in Princeton.
This was his third visit to Kolkata to conduct the Calcutta Chamber Orchestra. He spent three weeks training and rehearsing with the orchestra which culminated in the final concert on the 23RD of JULY, 2011 which was a grand success at the Indian Council for Cultural relations (ICCR). The orchestra performed works by Vivaldi, Mozart, and Benjamin Britten. It was a full house and the programme was well appreciated by the music loving audience of Kolkata.
A very young Ms. Chelsea De Souza gave a brilliant piano recital at the Sandre Hall of the Calcutta School of Music on the 3rd of July. Her varied repertoire, style and brilliance mesmerised the audience and when requested for an encore she played jazz and performed as wonderfully as she had the classical.
CHELSEA DE SOUZA
17 year old Chelsea de Souza started playing the piano at the age of 5 and began performing on stage soon after. Her first major success was at the 1st All-India Piano Competition organized by the Mehli Mehta Music Foundation, where at the age of 10 she won the first prize in an age group of up to 13 years. She was subsequently invited by jury member Sheila Arnold, Professor of Piano at the Hochschule für Musik in Köln, Germany, on three consecutive summer scholarships.
She has had a series of successful participations in several important music competitions all over the world. Chelsea has been declared a ‘Steinway Young Artist’. She has given concerts in Belgium, Germany and USA and has performed as a soloist with the Bombay Chamber Orchestra. This July her engagements include solo recitals in Bangalore and Goa, and performances at the 2011 Con Brio Music Festival in Mumbai. Chelsea is also a trained classical singer and is adept at Jazz and Popular music.
WORLD MUSIC DAY
The 30th World Music Day was celebrated at the Sandre Hall of Calcutta School of Music on the 21st of June 2011. The evening programme was a wonderful medley of Western and Indian music which saw a full auditorium with a very appreciative audience. The highlight of the programme was an Indo French Band called A+ who gave the most fascinating performance with vocals and instruments from across the world.
The Inauguration of the Yamaha Grand Piano
The Yamaha Grand piano gifted by the Consulate General of Japan was inaugurated by the Spanish pianist Ms. Victoria Aja with a brilliant concert on the 19th of April. The Consul General of Japan Mr Mitsuo Kawaguchi inaugurated the piano. Professor Bharati Ray was the chief guest for the evening. We had a full house for the event at our Sandre Hall.
Please view photographs of the evening and a special thank you note from the Prime Minister of Japan.
The India Youth Orchestra
The India Youth Orchestra, under the guidance of Mr. Vijay Upadhyay of the Vienna Orchestra, conducted a very successful workshop at the school in April. He brought the orchestra together, with musicians, from all over the country and successfully formed the orchestra in just eight days! They gave a brilliant performance at the Kala Mandir on the 26th of April 2011 with the inclusion of six double bass players, the first of its kind in India. Some of our CCO boys are part of the orchestra.
Photographs of the workshop and concert are available to view.
With the inauguration of the Centenary behind us, the quarter of April-June brings exciting...