you for the music
It is said that
'words are the pen of the heart but music is the pen of the soul'.
The excellent selection of songs and music performed by the senior
students of the Elizabeth Moir School was truly inspirational and
an evening to remember. 'Rise' was a fitting title for this unusual
stage production which was performed recently to a packed audience
at the Russian Centre.
The show started
with an audio-visual presentation of scenes which set the mood of
the show. This was followed by a romantic melody played on the classical
guitar by Dooray Paik. The trio comprising Tasha Hettiarachchi on
cello, Neluka Seneviratne on violin and Kanniya Pieris on piano
also played a lovely and moving rendition of Salut d'amour. Infact
I would have preferred more instrumental works in the programme
This was followed
by some excellent solo performances of popular songs like John Lennon's
'Imagine', 'Impossible dream' and 'Someday' sung by Shaun Perera,
Shehan Ranatunge and Tasha Hettiarachchi respectively. At times
one forgot that it was a performance staged by young people.
Perera who sang 'I hope you dance' should have paid more attention
to articulation, although she has a very good contralto voice. The
two main items sung by the choir were commendable and displayed
a wide range of dynamics and tone quality.
as well as the choir which performed for the first half of the show
were accompained by the music director Neluka Seneviratne who showed
her prowess at the keyboard.
half of the concert had a complete change of mood. 'Lean on me'
sung as an acapella quartet by Kent Tilekeratne, Shehan Ranatunge,
Shaun Perera and Marsh Dodanwella was highly commendable. The rest
of the programme was backed by tracks. Anushka Manamperi captivated
the audience by singing Whitney Houston's one time No 1 hit song
'Greatest Love of all'. 'I will survive' sung by Nadishka Weerasuriya
and 'What a feeling' sung by Tasha Hettiarachchi was excellently
choreographed and kept the audiences toes tapping. 'Thank
you' for the music was well performed by Nathan Kerner and the choir.
It was a grand
finale to a memorable musical evening.
Much of the
success of this show was due to the untiring efforts of the artistic
director Aida Mansoor and Marsh Dodanwella, the producer whose experience
made the show highly professional.
chorus of traditional Gregorian Chant
opening concert for 2003 "Memories", will come as good
news to those who long for Latin Church music.
and polyphonic choral compositions were once routinely sung in our
churches and by choirs such as the Catholic Choral Society conducted
by Rev. Fr.Ignatius Perera and St.Mary's Choral Group directed by
Rev. Fr. Claver Perera. Now they have become relics of the past.
Thankfully, the Old Benedictine choral ensemble, Choro Benedicte
now in its thirteenth year, has kept alive the choral traditions
of the Catholic Church and done so with admirable finesse.
Thus when Choro
Benedicte mounts the stage of the fully refurbished concert hall
of St. Benedict's College at 6.30 p.m. on Saturday, March 29 they
are sure to quench the thirst for traditional church music spanning
a period of over 500 years, to some degree. The 19 member, male
voice choir will also present famous choruses from operas, folk
songs, popular rock and contemporary compositions ideally suited
for such rich voices.
these Western musical gems in Italian, Spanish and English, the
choir will also offer Sunil Santha's and Ben Fonseka's (both old
would be solo recitals by Gladwin Ramanathan, Nimal Victoria, Rowland
Gamlathge and Francis D'Almeida. Musical duo Denzil and Bosco too
will render two songs in their own intimate harmony. The Senior
Choir of St. Benedict's College conducted by Krishan Rodrigo too
will present four songs.
trains weekly throughout the year under Francis D'Almedia assisted
by Bosco Fonseka.
is being presented as a tribute to the memory of Rev. Bro. Nicholas
FSC, a renowned musician, educationist and an ardent apostle of
the poor and the marginalized.
from the concert, will go to initiate a Scholarship Fund to educate
needy students which is the prime mission of the La Sallian Brothers.
clash of black and white worlds in Sinhala
"Watch out boy, she'll chew you up
man eater!" This is quite ironically true in the case of 'Hyena',
S. Karunaratne's translation of American playwright Leroy Jones's
famous play the 'Dutchman'.
the Fine Arts Department of the Kelaniya University and directed
by Chamika Hathlahawatte, the play goes on the boards of the Lumbini
Vidyalaya auditorium on March 24 at 6.30 p.m.
Chamika who has just passed out with a BA special degree in drama
and theatre from the University of Kelaniya directed this play as
part of his final year examination for drama and theatre. He had
heard of the play, seen photographs and read excerpts of the original
work and had been very keen to re-create it with a local cast as
its theme was relevant even to our audiences.
When it came
down to casting the play, "I first thought of people who would
physically fit the roles, then if they had what it takes to carry
out the role successfully and last but not least, people who could
get on with each other and work as a team, as that's essential for
the smooth running of any production," he said practically.
have a wrong notion about translations, as being low quality performances,
says Chamika. Translations of quality foreign works are quite essential
to the development of local theatre and literature. Some of our
best playwrights like Sarachchandra too have used foreign influences
in the making of his major works like the 'Maname Natakaya', he
The story revolves
around a white woman who uses her sexuality as a weapon to lure
powerful black men into her web of deceit. She strings her potential
victim along until he cannot bear to stay away from her or resist
her charms thus, making him putty in her hands. She then forces
him to speak of the suffering and injustices his people are made
to face at the hands of her people and finally, she kills him.
brought out in this play is the indifferent attitudes of the other
white people to her crimes.
role is very different -I usually play the role of a typical local
a murderess has definitely been a challenge," says Chamila
Peiris 'Clay', played by Dharmapriya Dias, is 'Lula's' victim.
He's a powerful
black man, living in a white man's world, dressed like one and acting
like one, forcing himself to live a lifestyle pleasing to the white
The play was
funded by the Research and Publications Fund of the University of
Kelaniya, under the patronage of Dr. Patrick Ratnayake, Dean, Department
of Fine Arts and Ms. Mangalika Jayatunga.
include Premajayanth Kapuge (also doubling up as make up artiste),
Indika Donald, Thanuja Prabath, Shashikala Erandhi, Mayura Kanchana,
Shanthi Pieris, Thanuja Dissanayake, Chinthana Lankaputhra and Nalaka
set designing is by Pradeep Chandrasiri, lighting by Ranga Samarakoon,
stage management by Hewage Bandula, music production by Tharupathi
Munasinghe and choreography by Namal Jayasingha.
be available at the LV Auditorium gate.
musical journey from Sujeeva
Sujeeva Hapugalle will present a 'Dedication Concert' in memory
of her father at the Lionel Wendt on March 24.
programme is a kaleidoscopic journey from the poetic romance of
Liszt and Chopin, the vivid impressionism of Debussy, the impassioned
lyrical and rhythmic 'tour de force' of Spain and Cuba in evocative
Latin works by Albeniz and Lecuona to the rousing atmosphere of
jazz, blues and Mardi Gras with Gershwin.
has been highly acclaimed for her versatile presentations. Her work
as a solo recitalist, concerto artiste and lecture recitalist has
taken her to Europe, North America, the Middle East and South East
embraces classical, romantic and impressionistic music...to virtuoso
at the Royal College of Music, London as a scholar of the Associated
Board of the Royal Schools of Music, London.
She was a major
prize winner at the Royal College of Music and has also been the
recipient of several prizes and awards including the Napper Award
and the President's Award, Sri Lanka.
broadcast on Classic FM (UK) and BBC Television. Amongst other Festivals,
she has been a regular contributer to the Concert series of the
Chopin Society UK, Sir Yehudi Menuhin's 'Live Music Now' series
and the Beethoven Society of Europe, to which she has recently been
invited to serve on their Committee.
She was recently
honoured with her inclusion in the roster of International Steinway
In 2001 Sujeeva
released a recording made at St John's Smith Square, London of a
selection of compositions by Chopin.
play to make you laugh and think
"Ring Around the Moon", a play by Jean Anouilh
adapted by Christopher Fry will be performed by the British School
later this month.
play may seem a comedy, but it does have serious undertones,"
says Koshika Sandrasagara, drama teacher of British School, who
makes her debut as a director with this play. " I would call
it a commedia del'arté."
In simple words,
that would mean a charade with music.
are eccentric and paranoid. But they are witty and this makes it
interesting to watch them go at each other.
Around the Moon" is woven around a ballet dancer, Isabelle
and identical twins Frederic and Hugo. Hugo is portrayed as a ruthless
schemer, his twin a softer version. The ballet dancer Isabelle,
a sweet young girl, is hired by Hugo to attract his brother Frederic
who is engaged to a millionairess Diana Messerschmann. Diana though
engaged to Frederic is secretly in love with Hugo. The driving force
behind all the complications is the crafty and conniving Madame
Desmortes. The humour intensifies as the subplot develops; a secret
love affair between Lady India who is Messerschmann's mistress and
his secretary Patrice Bomblles.
The theme of
this play is loneliness, revealed in every character.
a script that would talk to people, give them something to laugh
about and also go home with some serious thinking to do. The characters
move in a circle, failing to communicate thereby bearing all their
insecurities, anguish and loneliness. " "I think this
is reflective of society today," says Chandri Jayatillake,
who plays Isabelle. "Isabelle is a sweet girl but is manipulated
by her mother who is trying to sell her off to the richest buyer.
Her mother played by Shashi Ellawala, is an eccentric lady who is
'afraid of having to live in poverty'.
So, she tries
to ensure that she ends up having a comfortable life in her old
age, with the money her daughter will bring when she marries a rich
most interesting characters would be the twins, Fredric and Hugo.
Played by one actor, Bhanu Abayasinghe, he says that Hugo is the
alter ego of Frederic and vice versa. Playing dual roles has certainly
been interesting for Bhanu.
comedy is infused with music from Ella Fitzgerald, Robbie Williams,
Frank Sinatra, Lou Bega and Louis Armstrong to the eclectic sounds
of the Jazz era.
the Moon" will be staged on March 29 at the Bishop's College