The popular French classical group ‘Quatuor Diotima’ will be performing at Galle Face Hotel on Sunday, 25 September from 6.00pm.‘Quatuor Diotima’, which chose its name to pay homage to the string quartet by Luigi Nono, ‘Fragmente Stille, an Diotima’, plays both contemporary works and late 20th Century classics from a traditional string quartet repertoire.
Founded by graduates of the Conservatoires of Paris and Lyon, Quatuor Diotima has performed in festivals and staged concerts all over Europe. Through its extensive touring, it has managed to gather an impressive following and to earn a solid reputation worldwide.
to Japan, USA, Mexico, South America, China and Korea. ‘Quatuor Diotima’ was awarded first prize at the FNAPEC Competition, Paris in 1999, and the Contemporary Music Prize at the London String Quartet Competition in 2000, in which year they began a two-year residency at the Centre Européen de Musique de Chambre, Fontainebleau. From the outset Diotima have been performing at major concert venues and music festivals across Europe. Tours have taken them further afield, to Japan, USA, Mexico, South America, China and Korea.
Quatuor Diotima’s repertoire ranges from Haydn to various composers of our time, encompassing the Classical period, French Romanticism, the early Twentieth Century, and a selection of major works from the last 50 years.
The Classical Concert of the ‘Quatuor Diotima’ at the Galle Face Hotel on Sunday is composed by the Quartet n°7 of Franz Shubert, the String Quartet of Claude Debussy and “From my life”, written by the Czech composer Bedich Smetana.
The programme will consist of 45 minutes sessions before and after intermission.
This classical String Quartet ‘Quatuor Diotima’ comprises Frank Chevalier on viola, Pierre Morlet on cello, Venessa Szigeti on violin and Yunpeng Zhao on violin.
Entrance to the Concert is free.
Wesley Luxman: Tamil singing sensation
Wesley Luxman, the popular Tamil singing star is this week’s feature on TV Times’ ‘Star of The Week’.
TV Times readers can now win two brand new albums of the particular star, featured on the TV Times, with the compliments of the Vibrations.
All you have to do is to read the story of the ‘Star of The Week’ and answer the simple question on the coupon and post it to ‘Star of The Week’, Sunday TV Times (Coupon No 12), No 8, Hunupitiya Cross Road, Colombo 2 on or before 27 September.
All answers should be on the coupon No. 12 appearing on today’s TV Times and no photo copies are accepted. The two lucky winners of the Coupon No. 12 will win two ‘Mudivindri’ CDs of Wesley Luxman.
‘Mudivindri’, is the debut album of Sri Lanka’s newest Tamil artiste, Wesley Luxman. ‘Mudivindri’ is a complete Tamil album that is not just limited to one genre, as explained by Wesley.
The album which took over 10 months to be carefully pieced together contains elements of Western, Rock, Pop and Chillout style music along with other artistes such as Chandru, Shakthi Superstar contestant S.S. Prashanthi and lyricist Nithanthan. Wesley, who is a qualified Audio Engineer from SAE Melbourne hopes to one day have his own 30 piece String Orchestra, and all aspiring musicians who play either the Violin, Cello or Viola can work with Wesley by purchasing his original album which has a coupon for auditions to play and create music with him.
Here are the winners of the coupon No. 9, 10 and 11.
The two winners of the coupon No. 9 are Dr. W, S. H. Silva of ‘Foundation of Goodness’, Temple road, Seenigama, Hikkaduwa and Mrs. Brenda Jayawardena of Frankland Marawila. The winners of Coupon No. 10 are K. M. P. Perera of No. 53/1, John’s Mawatha, Nagoda, Kandana and R. M. D. N. K. Ranathunga of No. 22/A, Circular Road, Dangolla, Kandy. The coupon No 11 winners are Mrs. J. Sirimanne of No. 504/2, Pita Kotte, Kotte and H. B. Nirishan Lakdasa of No. 196/2, Senarathgama, Katugastota.
Inauguration of Trinity Academy of Music
A new music school, in the form of an academy of Western Music, teaching music full-time in professional manner has been launched recently by popular singing personality Keerthi Pasquel.
The school, named Trinity Academy of Music has on offer to students with a desire to learn, irrespective of age, the syllabuses of The Trinity College, London, with the qualifications of the Trinity College awarded upon successful completion of the courses and examinations at the different levels.
The Levels of courses and examinations thus provided range from Initial to Grade 08 part-time and the diploma levels of Associate (ATCL), Licentiate (LTCL) and the Fellowship (FTCL) of the Trinity College of Music in London.
The Inauguration was made on the 18th August, with Mrs Ramola Sivasundaram, the National Representative of TCL in Sri Lanka in attendance as the Chief Guest. Also present to grace the occasion were Harsha Makalanda, the renowned Pianist of Asia, Earnest Soysa, the composer and musician of repute, Rohana Bogoda, Nirosha Virajini and Keerthi Pasquel himself more recently known as the Panel of Judges of the Dreana Dreamstar Reality Programme.
Longden Place Colombo 07, has on its Teaching Staff National as well as International Lecturers and Instructors while the spacious classrooms and lecture halls are fully furnished and air-conditioned with facilities for teaching Voice-training, Piano, Keyboard and Guitar.The classes from Initial to Grade 8 will be conducted part-time while the Diploma courses will have classes conducted full-time.
The Academy is set to commence courses in Mid September and enrollments are in progress at present.
‘Susara Gee Rawa’ at NYSC
‘Susara Gee Rawa’, a musical concert featuring the songs composed by veteran musician Rohana Weerasinghe will be held on 2 October at 6.00 pm at the N Y S Council Auditorium, Maharagama.
The seventh concert of ‘Susara Gee Rawa’ will feature well-known singers like Sunil Edirisinghe, Lakshman Wijesekera, Rookantha Gunatillake, Chandralekha Perera, Pradeep Dharmadasa and Krishantha Erandaka. ‘Susara Gee Rawa’ is sponsored by Araliya Group of the Past Pupils Association of Dharmapala Vidyalaya, Pannipitiya.