A concert of Chamber and Choral Music featuring some of the leading performers in the field of classical music will be held on September 1.
The concert is being held in memory of an outstanding musician, Dayananda Fernando (Dayan), who passed away in 2016.
Dayan was a unique musician in that he played and taught both string (violin, viola) and wind (flute, bassoon) instruments. He was the principal bassoonist of the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka for many years. He could also play the piano and taught this instrument as well.
The concert commences with two piano pieces written by Sarath Fernando (Brother of Dayan) named Nocturne and Novelette and will be performed by Anoma Fernando.
This will be followed by violinist Ananda Dabare performing the wistful Serenade melancolique by Tchaikovsky and the technically demanding Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs) by Pablo Sarasate.
He will be accompanied by Ramya de Livera Perera on the piano.
"Dayan was a unique musician in that he played and taught both string (violin, viola) and wind (flute, bassoon) instruments. He was the principal bassoonist of the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka for many years. He could also play the piano and taught this instrument as well."
The chamber music section of the concert ends with a performance of one of Mozart’s most perfect works, the delightful Kegelstatt trio for clarinet (Ajit Abeysekera), viola (Mangala Abeysekera) and piano (Anoma Fernando),
The second half of the concert will feature the choir and soloists of Coro Cant Amici directed by Peshali Yapa. They will perform a selection of classical and popular music including works by Mozart, Handel, Webber and Gershwin. Pianists Sunara Ranasinghe, Amasha Peiris and Ramya de Livera Perera will be accompanists for the choir and soloists. Charitha Fernando will be playing the drums on
This very attractive concert will take place at the Russian Cultural Centre commencing at 7.30 p.m.
The entrance will be by the programme and will be available from the Russian Cultural Centre priced at Rs. 1,000.
All the artistes performing at this concert are doing so in an honorary capacity, and proceeds from the sale of programmes will be donated to the Cancer Society of Sri Lanka.