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Ravi Shankar's newest concerto to premiere in US

world Updated: Jan 21, 2009 14:04 IST

Sitar virtuoso Anoushka Shankar will present her legendary father Ravi Shankar's latest concerto with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in New York on January 31.

Prior to the premiere of the "Third Concerto" at the Carnegie Hall, the Orchestra will host "Orpheus Raga", a series of 12 web broadcasts of 3 to 5 minute documenting the unique rehearsal process with Anoushka.

Filmmakers Chris and Alex Browne film the series, dubbed the Raga Saga, which show several members of the orchestra practising, rehearsing, and performing in the collaboration.

They will document the passion, chaos, and excitement of the collaboration among Shankar, Anoushka and the Orpheus musicians both on and off the stage to provide viewers with an inside look at what it takes to create and refine a finished product for the world to hear.

The new series is the first of its kind to document a major classical orchestra from first reading to public performance.

"This kind of access into the commissioning, rehearsing, and performing process of a world class chamber orchestra is unprecedented. Those of us who work in the field understand how exciting and inspiring the process is the personalities and interactions are engaging," Graham Parker, Orpheus' Executive Director said.

We want to share that process with our audiences and the greater music loving world, Parker added.

Shankar finished writing his concerto last year with the well known Welsh conductor David Murphy transcribing it.