The French Spring now on in Colombo and parts of the country with variety of literature dance, cinema, photography and architecture will also bring a blend of different styles of music combining both local and French musicians.
Featuring four world renowned musicians ‘String Quartet’ will showcase some of the best violin music today, Sunday June 17 at 7 pm at Lionel Wendt Theatre.
One of the world’s finest French violinist Frederic Pelassy will play along with Ananda Dabare, Avanthi Perera and Dushyanthi Perera. Pelassy has performed with such prestigious partners as Georges Enesco of Bucharest, the Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine and the Philharmonic Orchestras of Tunisia, Skopje and Jakarta and he is famous for his stunning virtuosity and extraordinary sensitivity.
He will be collaborating with three of Sri Lanka’s most gifted musicians, all of whom are prominent members of the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka, at a concert celebrating French and European chamber music. The programme will include well-known pieces by Franck, Beethoven, Debussy, Massenet, Saint Saens and Paganini.
In another fine blend of music, Lebanese origin multi-instrumentalist Abaji will play along with Pradeep Ratnayake, sitarist whose skill as a musician and composer have gained worldwide recognition. The duo who had already performed at BMICH open air theatre will go to Rahula College, Matara at 7 pm on Sunday, June 17.
In his fifth album, released in 2009, Abaji sings in the five languages spoken by his family: French, Arabic, Turkish, Greek and Armenian. His compositions are also the reflection of multiple influence extending from the occident to the orient. Pradeep’s extensive musical knowledge based on exhaustive research has enabled him to compose pieces reflecting a wide range of influences, including Sri Lankan, Indian, European and North American.
On the stage the two exceptionally gifted musicians will offer a remarkable repertoire that seeks to express music as a universal language and as a form of creative expression that does not conform to geographical boarders.