Con Brio 2017: Celebrating 70 Years of Indian Independence
Con Brio has brought audiences some unique concert programmes performed by Indians (and some honorary Indians) for seven years. This year will be no different. To celebrate seventy years of Indian independence, all programmes will have a strong Indian connection. Mark Troop, Marialena Feranandes, Patricia Rozario and Paul Stewart will all be present as will several past Con Brio competition winners and young Indian singers, string players and wind players.
Inspired by India – Friday August 11, 2017 at 7 pm
In our opening concert we will explore works by western composers who were strongly influenced by India. We shall hear a two piano version of Nikolai Medtner’s Third Piano Concerto, which was dedicated to the Maharajah of Mysore. Yoram Paporisz wrote a set of eighteen short piano pieces based on Indian ragas which will be presented in varied arrangements with piano and strings. Maurice Delage composed Ragamalika, a piece for soprano and piano which employs Indian scales in a characteristically French atmosphere. In addition to these, there will be several other shorter works which bear a strong connection to India.
Competition Semifinals – Saturday August 12, 2017 at 11 am
For the first time at Con Brio, the competitors are being asked to prepare complete sonatas which will be heard at the semifinals of the competition. The semifinalists this year are Arya (Bangalore), Chathavi Vüprü (Dimapur), Khiyanur Mathew Vallikad (Bangalore), Nipun Malhotra (Delhi) and Sonam Lodhi (Pune). The sonatas on the programme are Beethoven's Op. 13 'Pathetique', Op. 31 No. 2 'Tempest', Op. 31 No. 3 'Hunt' as well as Mozart's K. 576 'Hunt'.
A Celebration of Indian Composers – Saturday August 12, 2017 at 7 pm
It might well be the first time that an entire concert programme is comprised of works solely by Indian composers in the western paradigm! Vineet Panikkar, who has been a part of every past Con Brio as a competitor, will be featured as a composer on this programme. Vanraj Bhatia celebrated his ninetieth birthday this year and we are pleased to bring you his Piano Concerto in One Movement, which has not been performed since 1959. In addition we will hear outstanding compositions by Naresh Sohal, Nariman Wadia, Param Vir and Victor Paranjoti. And to end, a little Farrokh Bulsara.
1947: World Premieres from our Year of Independence – Sunday August 13, 2017 at 6:30 pm
The finale programme, along with the finals of the competition, will showcase what the world was listening to in our final year under the British Raj. The music from 1947 gives a vivid insight into the emerging ideologies of the time and provides a context of “independence” which each of the composers embody. Britten’s Canticle “My Beloved is Mine”, Henze’s Sonatina for Flute and Piano, Duruflé’s Requiem, Stravinsky’s Concerto for Strings and Ginastera’s Suite de Danzas Criollas are all from 1947 and we will be sure not to forget the jazz and pop genres that were gaining great momentum.