NCPA Mumbai to perform in Switzerland

Mumbai, Jan 8 (IANS) In a rare honour, the Symphony Orchestra of India (SOI) of the National Centre of Performing Arts (NCPA) here has been invited to perform in Switzerland at the prestigious Migros Kulturprozent Classics Series, an official said on Friday.

Starting January 19, the three-city tour of Zurich, Geneva and St. Gallen will feature the first international performances of ‘Peshkar’, a concerto for tabla and orchestra composed and performed by the tabla maestro Zakir Hussain.

“We are privileged that SOI has been accorded this honour as the Migros concerts are prestigious,” said Khushroo N. Suntook, NCPA chairman and SOI founder.

This will be the fourth international concert tour for SOI, considered India’s first and only professional orchestra and the performances shall be held in the most renowned auditoriums like Tonhalle, Zurich and St. Gallen, and the Victoria Hall, Geneva.

The concerts shall be conducted by SOI Associate Music Director Zane Dalal with tabla exponent Zakir Hussain performing the ‘Peshkar’ with the orchestra.

The Migros Classics is a five-city concert circuit throughout Switzerland including Berne, Geneva, Lucerne, Zurich and St. Gallen, which feature some fo the world’s top orchestras, conductors and soloists.

Some of the upcoming concerts include the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra.

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