The Sundaytimes Sri Lanka

Cantando tunes up for new concert


The Cantando Cello Ensemble comprising 12 cellists, most of whom are members of the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka, and its junior orchestra is preparing for its annual concert in Colombo, at the Lionel Wendt on July 4.

The Cantando concert is an event that is looked forward to by music lovers in Colombo, and the ensemble has steadily been gaining a reputation as one of the foremost string ensembles in the country. It is directed by Dushyanthi Perera, cellist, teacher and conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka.

In previous years, the ensemble has been invited to perform in Bombay and Bangalore, and has done so to highly appreciative Indian audiences. Outside Europe, it is rare indeed to find an ensemble that performs repertoire written especially for this configuration of instruments.

This year’s programme highlights include Hasitha Pathirana’s performance of Handel’s Oboe concerto No. 3, backed by the cellos.  Also heard will be familiar strains of Rossini’s Barber of Seville overture and Strauss’ pizzicato polka. Cantando will also perform an arrangement of one of the most beautiful slow movements that Mozart ever penned—the Adagio from his Gran Partita.
Receiving its premier performance in Sri Lanka is legendary cellist Pablo Casals’ Sardana for Orchestra of cellos.
Box plan and tickets are available at the Lionel Wendt.

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