The annual Cantando Cello Ensemble concert which takes place on the 7th of July this year at the Lionel Wendt theatre, will display the virtuosity and versatility of this unique group of musicians, directed and led by Dushy Perera. With a programme that covers an enormous range of styles, from compositions by Bach, Beethoven, Dvorak to Villa-Lobos, Scott Joplin and the Jazz pianist Chick Corea, the concert promises to be one that would satisfy the tastes of all discerning music lovers.
The first Cantando concert which took place six years ago had ten cellists on stage. This years’ concert will have 17 musicians on stage, which includes two double bass players. Over these six years, the Cantando programmes have become more and more demanding, while always maintaining a high standard of performance, both technically and musically. To sustain and develop such a high level ensemble particularly in the Asian region is no mean feat.
Dushy Perera’s excellence as a teacher and a cellist, provides the inspiration for the group, so much so that some of the players who were her pupils and who now live overseas, travel to Sri Lanka to take part in the annual Cantando concert each year. The international reputation of Cantando is also growing, as judged by the fact they have been invited to perform in Bangalore this year, after having performed in Bombay last year. In fact, the ensemble is now taking on an international look, with two cellists from India taking part in this years’ concert.
Adding lustre to the concert will be soprano Maryanne David, who will be featured as a guest artiste, performing with the ensemble.
The concert is sponsored by the Dr. Earle de Fonseka Trust, and tickets are available at the Lionel Wendt.