Music for Yarl-Paanam
Music lovers in Jaffna, long deprived of good Western music are in
for a treat. The Chamber Music Society of Colombo (CMSC) with
implementing partner, the Sewalanka Foundation will present "Music for
Yarl-Paanam", at the Veerasingam Hall, on Saturday, March 27 at 4:15pm.
The CMSC believes that they are up to the challenge. The public is
invited to attend this event, which is absolutely free of charge, with
generous sponsorship by the combination that funded this years "Galle
Music Festival," Riks Konsert Ene and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in
This could be the first orchestra playing classical music in the
peninsula. The Tamil root of "Yarl-Paanam" may be translated as "the
Land of the Harp Player", so it would seem appropriate to introduce
classical music by great masters once more to the city.
The programme will include Mozart, Handel, Vivaldi, Haydn, Hindemith,
and the new song cycle by resident composer Stephen Allen, featuring
well-known soprano Mary Anne David. This programme was already played in
the historic De Groote Kerk at the 4th Galle Literary Festival in
January, and at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo in February. The
Mozart is his middle period overture to the opera entitled "The Shepherd
King". The Vivaldi Concerto Grosso features three of the CMSC's
principal string players in a solo role, providing exciting and vibrant
baroque musical discourse. The Haydn is his barnstorming Symphony no.
39, and the Hindemith and Allen bring challenging new sounds to the
"Cross of Christ" - by Trinity College Choir
The magnificent and awe inspiring Halleluiah Chorus from Handel's
Messiah will be the highlight at Trinity College Choir's choral concert
on March 28 at 6 p.m. at the Chapel.
The concert titled 'Cross of Christ' will contain sacred music
relevant to Easter which has been the usual tradition by the Trinity
College Choir, led this year by Dilukshan Srinivasagam. The Easter
programme of music has been held over many years and Trinity College
continues to maintain and develop its rich tradition and standard in
The College Chapel celebrates its 75th anniversary this year and is
one of the finest examples of Kandyan architecture. Under the direction
of an enthusiastic choir master Lasantha Tennakoon guided by Fr.
Jayanath Panditharatne, Master in charge and assisted by organists
Sadhana Madasekera and Dr. Suresh de Mel, the audience is ensured of an
inspiring performance by the Young Trinity College Choir.
Behold the Lamb:
An evening of inspirational music and song at Navarangahala
A talented blend of Youth Choirs of St. Thomas' Church, Kotte, will
come on stage at the Navarangahala on Saturday March 20, at 6.30 p.m. to
sing in harmony in celebration of the "Lamb" whose sacrificial death on
the cross on Good Friday and triumphant Resurrection on Easter Sunday
ushered in the dawn of Salvation to mankind. "Behold the Lamb" will be
an evening of inspirational hymns and songs of praise in aid of the
Mission House Building Fund.
The choirs performing at the Lenten and Easter presentation of song
and meditation will include "St. Thomas' Kotte Youth Choir", "The Little
Flower Choir", "The Daham Pasala Choir" and "The Young Adult Movement
Choir" all from St. Thomas' Church, Kotte. Guest performances will be
presented by "The Saints" a popular choral outfit led by Suren
Abeysekera, "Ano Domini", currently the most popular country and western
band in town led by Shehan Perera, as well as solo performances by
inimitable Milroy and Bosco. The repertoire will include some of the
most popular classical Christian hymns as well as modern songs of praise
and worship while the meditation will provide spiritually uplifting
reflections to make Lent and Easter more meaningful to Christians.
'Behold the lamb' is presented by the building committee of St.
Thomas' Church, Kotte with a view to making the Lenten devotions and
Easter celebrations more meaningful as the Christmas carols during the
Christmas season while also raising funds for the Misson House Building
Project. "Easter" is the most important and central event in the history
of salvation. Such performances during Lent and Easter would enhance the
efforts to restore the great feast to its rightful position in the
Christian calendar far above Christmas. Tickets are available at St.
Thomas' Church Kotte and at the gate at Navarangahala on the date of the
Anil Mihiripenna and his orchestra in concert
A musical show presenting internationally renowned musician and
veteran flutist Shastrapathi Anil Mihiripenna will be held on Thursday
March 25 at 6.00 p.m. at the Elphinstone Hall, Maradana.
The High Commissioner of Bangladesh Mahaboob Us Samann will be the
chief guest at the show which will feature aesthetic musical recitals of
Jogh and Mishra Kamaj Ragas by Shastrapathi Mihiripenna.
In addition, the latter will play Bhatiyali music native to the
Bengali region of India and recitals based on local folk music while
providing the audience with a meditative experience in music with the
The audience will be treated to a Symphony type of music by the
students of the Sharadha Kala Nikethana whilst Shastrapathi Nruthya
Nipun Anushka Ekanayaka will perform a Kathak dance. Shastrapathi
Peshala Manoj will accompany on the tabla for the musical show.
The show will be held for invitees only. For invitations call Sharada
Kola Nikethanaya on 2580082 or 0777326359.
German jazz trio in concert
The Wolfgang Haffner Jazz Trio will be in concert on March 28 at 7.00
p.m. at the Barefoot. The trio comprises Wolfgang Haffner - drums, Lars
Danielsson - bass and Hubert Nuss - piano. Drummer Wolfgang began his
career as a professional musician in the German French Jazz Ensemble
conducted by the German jazz legend Albert Mangelsdorff, and later was
the drummer in Klaus Doldingers band 'Passport' for eleven years touring
Europe and South Africa. A most in demand international jazz artist
Haffner has recorded with greats like Pat Metheney, Bill Evans, Bob
James among many others. He formed his band in 2002 and to date has
released eleven albums. The concert is presented by the Goethe -
Institute in collaboration with Barefoot Gallery.
Feminist film festival
In celebration of the International Women's Day 2010, The Women and
Media Collective will hold a feminist film festival at the Namel-Malani
Punchi Theatre, Borella from March 24 - 27. The show times are 3 pm and
March 24 "Dor" (Hindi)
25 "Frida" (English)
26 "The Last City" (English)
27 "Ramchand Pakistan" (Urdu-Hindi)
'Devi Seya Ru Dekma'
Balika Photographic Society will hold Devi Seya Ru Dekma at the National
Art Gallery, Colombo 7 on March 26 and 27 from 10 am - 5 pm.
Kalabhushana L.E. Samararatne and National School Director P. Sri Lal
Nonis will be the special guests at the opening ceremony on March 26 at