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Remembering a theatre maestro

A festival of theatre to commemorate the 79th birth anniversary of Henry Jayasena will be held at the Lumbini Theatre, Havelock Town on July 6,7 & 8. Thavath Udesanak, a play written and produced in 1964, will be among the three festival plays to be staged.

The festival will commence with the staging of the new production of Thavath Udesanak on July 6 which is Jayasena’s b’day. Two of his other well known plays Kuweni and Hunuwataye Kathawa will be staged on July 7 and 8 respectively, at 6.30 p.m. The festival is organized by Jude Srimal. Tickets are available at Sarasavi Bookshop Nugegoda, Sadeepa Bookshop, Borella and Lumbini Theatre.

Cantando tunes up to take the stage again

Now in its sixth year, the Cantando Cello Ensemble, a unique string ensemble comprising 15 cellists, most of whom are members of the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka is preparing for its annual concert in Colombo, at the Lionel Wendt on July 7.

This year, two cellists from Mumbai will be joining the group, as well as founder members from Australia, USA and London who are returning specially to play for this year's concert.

The programme includes an ingenious arrangement of Bach's Prelude and Fugue from solo cello suite No. 5, Beethoven's rondo from Symphony No. 7, a couple of Dvorak's Slavonic Dances and De Falla's ever-popular Ritual Fire Dance.

Among the evening's highlights will be soprano Maryanne David's performance as guest artiste together with the ensemble. In lighter vein, the ensemble will also perform some catchy ragtimes and a tango Box plan and tickets will be available at the Lionel Wendt.

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