Symphony of Santoor

Be part of the world premiere of this unique concert that blends the musical mastery of Rahul Sharma's 100-string Santoor with the 46-piece Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Brandon Phillips. Musical history will take place at Artscape Opera House on Friday 21 February 2020. Tickets on Computicket range from R200-R600. Don't miss out on this magical melding of the musical East and West. Brought to you by Inner Circle Entertainment.

Now, it is Symphony of Santoor that will capture the audience's imagination. Award-winning Santoor player, Rahul Sharma and the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Brandon Phillips, collaborate for a magical confluence of the rich traditions of Indian and western classical music. This world-first concert will journey through Indian classical ragas, folk, and light classical music compositions, rearranged for orchestra by Sharma, with the 100-stringed santoor as the starring soloist.

"This collaboration is unlike anything I have ever done before and I am truly looking forward to debuting the Symphony in Cape Town, a city that holds a special place in my heart" said Rahul. "There is a certain amount of nervous anticipation in doing something like this for the first time and it is therefore an honour to be able to perform this ground-breaking work with the confidence of having an orchestra, such as the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra under the respected guidance of Brandon Phillips, right behind me."

Rahul Sharma learnt his craft from his father, the renowned Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, beginning his training at the age of 13 years old. Father and son are globally recognised for their skill on the Santoor - a trapezoid shaped 100-string wooden instrument - transforming it from a simple Kashmiri folk item, to a respected instrument in Indian classical circles and around the world. Rahul, has made it his own however, with his music spanning many genres from classical to folk, rock, new age and world fusion, working with artists such as pianist Richard Clayderman, psy-chillout pioneers Deep Forest, and topping the US Billboard with his collaboration with smooth jazz artist Kenny G.

Louis Heyneman, Chief Executive Officer of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, is equally eager to see this musical melding come to fruition commenting: "The CPO is looking forward to be involved in Symphony of Santoor. Our previous collaboration with Indian Classical Music, Symphony of Ghazal, was a great success. Widening our scope to include music from other genres is a thrilling new avenue for the orchestra and being at the forefront of something this exciting, gives meaning to our motto of being an orchestra for all seasons."

Date: 21 February 2020
Time: 20:30 - 23:00
Venue: Artscape, Cape Town
Cost: R200-R600

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