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Gustav Mahler Orchestra 2019/20 Season Opening Concert

The Gustav Mahler Orchestra and its Chief Conductor, Srimal Weerasinghe will return to the Royal College Nawarangahala for the 2019/20 Season Opening Concert on 24th August 2019

  • Royal College Nawarangahala, Rajakeeya Mawatha, Colombo 7

The Gustav Mahler Orchestra and its Chief Conductor, Srimal Weerasinghe will return to the Royal College Nawarangahala for the 2019/20 Season Opening Concert on 24th August 2019, almost an year after their groundbreaking inaugural concert back in August 2018 premiering Gustav Mahler’s music for the first time in Sri Lanka, this time with yet another exciting and diverse programme. 

The Gustav Mahler Society of Colombo (GMSC) is the largest Performing Arts Organisation for Western Classical Music in Sri Lanka, with over 120 members of the Gustav Mahler Orchestra and of affiliated choirs coming together as the GMSC Chorus. 

The GMSC was established with the aim of revitalising orchestral music in Sri Lanka, and removing the barriers that limit its accessibility by the majority. The society pays special attention to the music of the Late Romantic Repertoire particularly, the masterworks of its foremost composer Gustav Mahler, in whose honour the society was thus named. 

Having performed several landmark concerts and programmes during the inaugural season 2018/19, the society celebrated its first anniversary on 15th June 2019. 

After its successful first season, the Gustav Mahler Orchestra and its Chief Conductor, Srimal Weerasinghe will open its second season with a grand concert simply titled “2019/20 Season Opening Concert”. 

The Concert programme is of very high significance. The concert will open with Beethoven’s highly dramatic Leonore Overture No. 3. 

The highlight of the programme will be Gustav Mahler’s Rückert Lieder, one of the most famous works by Gustav Mahler for voice and orchestra which will be performed for the first time in not only Sri Lanka but the entire South Asian region. Mezzo-Soprano, Rachel Halliday will once again perform with the Gustav Mahler Orchestra as the soloist for  Rückert Lieder. 

The Mahler Society has always been an invaluable encouragement for Sri Lankan composers. Having given performed several Sri Lankan composers during its first season, Weerasinghe has made it one of the priorities of the orchestra to support and nurture Sri Lankan Composers which helps create a Sri Lankan Repertoire of Western Classical Music. 

This time the Orchestra will perform works by 3 wonderful Sri Lankan Composers. Concert will feature the World Première of Sachiththa Fernando’s Fanfare for the Gustav Mahler Society of Colombo. Sachiththa is a renowned composer for Film and Media, and is also the Concertmaster of the Gustav Mahler Orchestra. The orchestra will bring to life, the revised version of the famous Pianist and Composer, Harsha Makalande’s Svarasanga Vannama - Concert piece for Piano, Sri Lankan Drums and Orchestra with the Composer himself as the piano soloist, Ravibandu Vidyapathy & Jithendra Vidyapathy on Sri Lankan Drums.  

Famous Sri Lankan Composer Lalanath De Silva, composed a special piece, “Elegy for Strings in memory of all compatriots who gave their life on Easter Sunday 2019”. The piece has been performed several times my many orchestras in United States. The Gustav Mahler Orchestra of Colombo will present the Sri Lankan première of this highly acclaimed piece. 

Tickets for the concert are priced at Rs. 2500,2000,1500,1000 and 800 and can be reserved by calling or via WhatsApp on 0701171633 or by emailing colombomahlersociety@gmail.com. Further information can be obtained by visiting the Facebook page of the Gustav Mahler Society of Colombo. 

Yamaha Music Center supports the concert as musical instrument partner, Hi TV as electronic media partner, Sunday Observer as Print media partner, Asian Mirror and Artra Magazine as online media partners. 

Gustav Mahler Orchestra 2019/20 Season Opening Concert

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