Zubin Mehta, the Indian origin Western classical music conductor, and the Orchestra of The Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, will keep their date with the city for two concerts on March 30 and 31.
The Mehli Mehta Music Foundation issued the press release confirming the concert dates on Wednesday after some nervous moments.
Mehta and the Florence orchestra were touring Japan when the earthquake and tsunami hit the island country last Friday.
Mehroo Jeejeebhoy, trustee of the Mehli Mehta Music Foundation, tried desperately to get in touch with Mehta. “The person who organised the tour was in Germany and told me everything was fine. I spoke to Mehta two days after the earthquake,” said Jeejeebhoy adding that Mehta performed at a concert in Tokyo a day after the natural calamity.
Jeejeebhoy added that it was only after the nuclear emergency was declared in Japan that panic set in and they group cancelled the shows and tried to find a way out of Japan. “It was very difficult for them to get flights. They will fly out of Tokyo on Thursday to Taipei and then Shanghai,” she added.
In Mumbai, the group’s two concerts will present leading artistes such as violinist Arabella Steinbacher, tenor, Fabio Sartori and others. Western classical music aficionados will be able to enjoy music composed by Verdi, Tchaikovsky and Mahler on the first day and the second concert will include works by Mozart, Verdi, Puccini and Bartok.
Mehta, 74, last performed in the city in 2009 with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
“Music is something one doesn’t need to know the fine nuances of, it is only to be enjoyed. We have brought this concert to the city with an aim to cultivate interest in Western classical music,” said Saker Mistri, executive committee member, Mehli Mehta Music Foundation.
(Tickets for patron members are available from the box office at the Mehli Mehta Music Foundation, Cumballa Hill Road, from March 16 and for the general public from March 18 and March 19 at NCPA from 9 am to 5 pm.)