A treat for Kandy’s piano music lovers

Distinguished Japanese pianist Masahiko Shinohara will give a recital at the Engineering Faculty Theatre, University of Peradeniya today, Sunday January 31 at 6.30 p.m. The concert is organised by the Kandy Music Society.

Admission is by programme available from Mrs. Bridget Halpé and at the door. The programme will be an exciting one including six Etudes op.25 by Chopin and his Sonata No.3, Le Tombeau de Couperin by Ravel and the Menuet and Clair de Lune from Suite Bergamasque by Debussy.

A versatile musician, Shinohara has accompanied actors and dancers and also played music for films. He graduated from the Tokyo University of Music and Fine Arts in 1989 and also obtained a Master’s Degree in 1993 winning First Prize.

Winners off to GLF

In our magazine competition last week, we asked readers to tell us who they would like to meet at the 2010 Galle Literary Festival and win passes to the Festival courtesy the organisers. Three lucky readers are thus making the trip to the Galle Literary Festival 2010.

The winner of a 4 Day Festival Pass, Jason Ranasinghe (17) wrote in to tell us that Louise Doughty was his favourite writer, describing her as “the woman who opened my eyes towards the beauty of literature.” Kisalka de Silva (15 going on 16) will use her Day Pass to the festival to speak with Ru Freeman.

Our third winner, Sanji Gunasekara (37) is an admirer of Shyam Selvadurai, an author he feels a particular affinity to. “Like him, I am a Sri Lankan who has grown up in the West and thus have experienced some of the same challenges and pressures of reconciling two very different cultural contexts and expectations,” says Sanji. We thank all our readers who wrote in. Look out for more coverage of the GLF next week too.

An evening with crime writer Ian Rankin @ Park Street Mews

UK’s number one bestselling crime writer Ian Rankin, described as the “King of Tartan Noir” by American crime writer James Ellroy will be at the Park Street Mews on Tuesday February 2 at 7 p.m. for a literary evening cum dinner.

The event titled ‘ Making crime pay’ presented by the British Council in partnership with Park Street Mews promises an excellent opportunity to meet the author. The ticket for the talk is priced at Rs. 500. The talkwill be at the Park Street Warehouse and is followed by three-course dinner at 8.30 p.m. at the Park Street Mews restaurant with the author for Rs. 3000. Tickets for this are available at British Council, Bay Leaf restaurant, Park Street Mews and at The Commons.

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