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Open air concert of Mozart's music in Delhi on January 6

In a rare treat for music lovers in Delhi, the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) will present a selection of arias, choruses and orchestra pieces from the vast repertoire of Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in an open air concert in the Central Park in Connaught Place here on January 6.
 
The production will include pieces from Mozart's famous operas - The Magic Flute, Idomeneo, Cosi Fan Tutte and the Marriage of Figaro.
 
Entry to the open air concert will be free. It will be followed by two concerts at the Siri Fort Auditorium here on January 7 and 8.
 
"This is the first time that ICCR is taking Western classical music to the people in an open space," ICCR Director General Suresh Goel said.
 
He said another concert is scheduled on the banks of the Brahmaputra in Guwahati on January 11.
 
The show, in collaboration with the Neemrana Music Foundation, will bring together 19 musicians from the Rouen Opera House, France, 26 from the Bombay Chamber Orchestra and 40 singers from the Neemrana Music Foundation. There will also be a conductor from the United States, a choir conductor from Russia and a visiting voice coach from New Zealand.
 
The programme is also being supported by the Embassy of France in India and the Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre. 
 
"The performance at Siri Fort is expected to be a tremendous show with costumes and stage direction, featuring 40 musicians, 40 choir singers, and 12 solo singers, For the first time, it will have Indian solo singers intensively trained in France for the performance," an ICCR press release said.
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The Neemrana Music Foundation here has been actively producing operas since 2002, with its founder Francis Wacziarg dreaming of linking the Orient and the Occident with the strains of music.
 
The programme "Mozart Magic in India" will be in two parts, the first half featuring selections from The Magic Flute lasting about 45 to 50 minutes while the second half will be of about 45 minutes with seven acts from Idomeneo, Cosi Fan Tutte and The Marriage of Figaro.
 
The Bombay Chamber Orchestra (BCO) Society was founded in 1962 as an educational trust to offer free coaching to the young musical talent of the city in the techniques of orchestral playing. Its aim is not only to offer free music education but also to create an environment and incentive to encourage young talent to continue to work at the instruments of their choice.
 
The show will have wind musicians from the orchestra of the Rouen Haute-Normandie Opera House which was founded in 1988 under the authority of the Austrian Oswald Sallaberger. The wind orchestra has been specially trained in Mozart’s music. 
 
The Indian artistes include Aude Priya, Sunanda Rao, Vikrant Subramaniam, Nitya Vaz, Payal John, Ashwin Sahay, Ashwati Parameshwar, Ramya Rao, Sparsh Bajpai, Pallavi Seth, and Tara Grover. Daniel Schostok is the tenor from Vienna. 
 
Singapore-born Indian conductor George Mathew, founder and Artistic Director of ‘Music for Life International’ and ‘Ubuntu-Shruti’, graduated from the Manhattan School of Music. In 2010, he was named Artistic Director and Conductor of the New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, marking the first public appearance of ‘Ubuntu-Shruti’.
 
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