A fresh look through the lens

“Photos”-- A photographic exhibition by Prasanna Upajeewa will be held at the Alliance Francaise de Kandy from November 26 to December 6. Entirely self-taught, Prasanna’s work has a freshness and spontaneity all his own.

The exhibition will be declared open on Friday, November 26 at 6.30 p.m. by Chief Guest Dr. L.P. Perera, Retired Principal and Visiting Lecturer, Universities of Peradeniya and Colombo.

Bach family takes centre stage

The music of the Bach family takes centre stage at the Colombo Chamber Music Society’s next musical foray. In addition to the obligatory J.S. Bach, the CMSC is presenting works by Johann Christian as well as a rarity by Wilhelm Friedemann.

The centrepiece and best known of the works to be performed, is the Double Violin Concerto of Johann Sebastian, one of the most beautiful baroque concerti ever written. Its interweaving violin parts are performed by two of the CMSC’s front desk players – Satish Casie Chetty and Sogo Kanamori. The great composer’s 209th Cantata "He does not know what sorrow is", in five movements, features the Guildhall-trained soprano Preshanthi Navaratnam.

This secular cantata was written possibly, as a farewell to a young marine officer by the name of Johann Matthias Gesner. It is aimed to intrigue, delight and enrapture in equal measure.

The programme is as follows: J.C. Bach: Overture to “Artaserse”, W G1; W.F. Bach: Sinfonia in F Major “Dissonante”; J.S. Bach: Concerto for 2 violins in D minor, BWV 1043;– Satish Casie Chetty & Sogo Kanamori, violins; J.S. Bach: Cantata “Non sa che sia dolore”, BWV 209– Preshanthi Navaratnam, soprano and J.C. Bach: Sinfonia no 6 in G minor, W C12

The Bach concert will go on the boards on Thursday, December 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo.

Tickets priced at Rs. 1000 and Rs. 500 are available at the Lionel Wendt. The Chamber Music Society of Colombo performs under its artistic director, Lakshman Joseph de Saram. The concert is sponsored in part by the Embassy of Germany in Colombo.

The simple beauty of Bonsai

The Sri Lanka Bonsai Association will hold its annual exhibition, “Reflections 2010” at the National Art Gallery from November 26 to 28.

Exhibition of antiques and reproductions

Manique Gunawardane of Objects d”Art will hold an exhibition and sale of furniture, antiques and reproductions from the early Portuguese, Dutch and British periods along with artifacts from India, Burma, Thailand and Egypt.

Statues of bronze, brass and wood, silverware, porcelain, fengshui ornaments and paintings will all be on sale at the Crescat Lobby, No. 89, Galle Road, Colombo 3 on Wednesday, November 24 and Thursday, November 25 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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