Wednesday 28 December 2011

German orchestra Babelsberg to pay tribute to Rahman

MUMBAI: German film orchestra Babelsberg will pay tribute to the Indian music maestro AR Rahman in a multi-city tour commencing from 20 January in Mumbai followed by Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata and Bangalore.

'Germany and India: 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities' concert will feature over hundred musicians performing a orchestral interpretations of symphonic highlights from Rahman’s film compositions. Artistes and choir members from Rahman’s KM Conservatory will also join the orchestra.

Speaking on the project AR Rahman said, “I am really excited and grateful for this gesture of the Babelsberg Orchestra for doing this tour in India along with our students and kids from the KM music Conservatory. I am sure this will be a new experience to Indian score lovers. It will give them a great opportunity to experience and see how many people are involved in creating huge scores and create a thirst among the younger generation to become orchestral musicians.”

The tour will feature wide repertoire of the maestro’s composition including Bombay, Swades, The Rising, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Roja, Robot, Dil se and many more. The compositions are selected by Rahman’s long-time collaborator Matt Dunkley.

Matt Dunkley said, “It will be fascinating to see the reaction of an Indian audience exposed to the glorious sound of a full symphony orchestra and classical choir performing some of maestro Rahman's beautiful orchestral film music. I feel very honoured to be part of this historic project.”

The concert tour presented by Lapp India also marks the centenary year of the Babelsberg Studio and the year when Indian cinema began its journey – back in 1912.

The passes for the concert will be available from 11-23 January.


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