Germany has a rich culture that goes way beyond beer and football — the country was home to some of the world’s best opera composers such as Bach, Wagner and Schumann. India has rich ties with the country and to celebrate 60 years of this affinity, the Symphony Orchestra of India (SOI) is organising a concert season, with performances set to take place on three days, in the city, at the NCPA.
Besides the SOI’s resident conductor Zane Dalal, the concert will showcase works by legendary composers under the baton of German conductor Christoph Poppen.
“It’s my first performance in India and I am very excited to meet everyone,” says Poppen. The concert will also feature baritone Anooshah Golesorkhi, who performed in the city last year, and German violinist Lena Neudauer.
The season will have three concerts that will comprise classics such as Beethoven’s 6th and Mahler’s 5th symphonies and Strauss’ Death And Transfiguration. In fact, Transfiguration is being performed by a major orchestra for the first time in India.
Golesorkhi will sing popular arias (solo songs) by Italian composers Verdi, Puccini and Tosti.
“We’ve selected Italian arias since they are more accessible and would appeal to the Mumbai audience,” says Golesorkhi.
Lena Neudauer, who has trained under Poppen, is visiting India for the first time. She will be presenting Beethoven’s masterpieces.
“Beethoven’s Violin Concerto is one of the most ingenious concertos. I think this piece shouldn’t be played by young performers as it needs a lot of understanding,” says Neudauer.
“I am very excited to perform with my trainer and am practicing a lot,” she adds.
Poppen, who holds a high regard for Indian music and is an admirer of Pandit Ravi Shankar, says, “We are looking forward to the concerts. I hope to make the audience happy with the essence of German culture.”
As a precursor to the concert season, Zane Dalal will conduct a lecture called Chalk Talk to educate the audiences about the pieces that will be performed.
The Orchestral Concert will take place on September 20, 25 and 30 from 7 pm onwards. Tickets range from Rs.800 to Rs.2,000 for adults and Rs.400 for students on production of a valid ID.
The Chalk Talk session will talk place on September 21 at the NCPA, Nariman Point, from 7 pm onwards. Admission on registration only.