Two exciting concerts are scheduled in the next few days, 20 and 24 August, in the capital city at Menezes Braganza hall.

Child’s Play India Foundation (www.childsplayindia.org) presents its annual monsoon concert on 20 August 2016 at 6.30 pm. The concert programme features the children from the charity playing violin, viola, cello, recorder, flute and clarinet. They will play an eclectic selection of pieces, including Suzuki melodies, J. S. Bach’s G major Minuet, and a Rigaudon by Henry Purcell in four-part harmony, and the instrumental version of the evergreen Goan ode ‘Sobit amchem Goem’ set to the lyrics of great Goan poet Manoharrai Sardessai.

In addition, the concert also features music by visiting musicians Matthew Higham (flute) and Jenny Clarke (piano) from the Purcell School of Music England, and by Ankna Arockiam (mezzo-soprano) and Edward Cohen (piano) from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

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Matthew Higham and Jenny Clarke will perform the famous Sicilienne by Marie Theresia von Paradis, Ian Clarke’s Orange Dawn, Eldin Burton’s Sonatina for flute and piano, Benjamin Godard’s Suite de Trois Morceaux, a movement from Robert Muczynski’s sonata for flute and piano, and the movement titled ‘Krishna’ from Albert Roussel’s Jouers de Flûte. Jenny Clarke will also accompany Child’s Play violin teacher Syanna Fernandes in Wieniawski’s Légènde.

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Ankna Arockiam and Edward Arockiam will perform works that include Handel’s famous aria ‘Ombra mai fu’ from his opera Xerxes, Schubert’s ‘Du bist die Ruh’, Ravel’s Chanson ecossaise, and Federico García Lorca’s ‘Canciones Españolas Antiguas’.

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On 24 August 2016, also at 6.30 pm, Child’s Play India Foundation in association with Fundação Oriente present four musicians (Rui Pedro Mendes Cristão and Luís Filipe Calhau Guimarães, violins; David Brito, viola; and Pedro Serra e Silva, cello) from the Orquestra Sinfónica Juvenil de Lisboa in a string quartet recital that has in its concert programme W. A. Mozart’s Divertimenti or ‘Salzburg symphonies’ nos. 1 in D major K. 136/125a and 3 in F major K. 138/125b; and Antonin Dvořák’s string quartet no. 12 in F major opus 96 (the ‘American’) and two works by Portuguese composers: the third movement of the String Quartet no. 2 by Joly Braga Santos (1924-1988) and ‘Scenes in the Mountains’ from the second String Quartet by José Vianna da Motta (1868-1948).

Donation passes to both concerts are already on sale at Furtados Music stores and will also be available at the door on the evenings of the concert.

Child’s Play India Foundation is also very pleased to be invited back to the prestigious INK talks (http://inktalks.com/people/luis-dias) in September 2016, and the presentation this time will feature a live performance on stage by a selected ensemble of the charity’s children and teachers.

(An edited version of this article appeared in the Navhind Times goa India on 19 August 2016)

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