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Mozart regales kids at music fest

mumbai Updated: Dec 16, 2009 01:16 IST
Aarefa Johari
Aarefa Johari
Hindustan Times
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The Experimental Theatre at NCPA on Tuesday saw children enjoy excerpts from the classical works of Dvorák, Bartok and Mozart played by musicians wielding violins, violas and cellos.

The Mehli Mehta Music Foundation organised the children’s concert as part of its annual chamber music festival, Sangat.

“Exposure to classical music can help build their concentration and discipline,” said founder-trustee Mehroo Jeejeebhoy.

The 10 international musicians had selected short, light pieces of music for the children.

“I enjoyed this music, and would like to learn it,” said Ananyaa Patel (7) of Cathedral and John Connon School.

The host, British viola player Robert Smissen, entertained the audience between performances with nuggets of information like varied sound ranges of the violin, viola and the cello.

“Unlike a pop song, which is just four minutes long, classical music takes a piece and turns it around, plays it in different keys on different instruments, then plays it all softly and puts it together again,” he said in response to question about why classical music is so lengthy.