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    The Cadenza festival reaches a crescendo this weekend

    Gearing up for a long weekend of performances, the Bangalore School of Music’s (BSM) Cadenza festival brings in artistes from Austria to Argentina, with choral music and a classical piano recital, via a folk rock concert. “We’re delighted to be working closely with these artistes,” says BSM founder Aruna Sunderlal, adding, “We’ve collaborated with Vienna-based pianist Marialena Fernandes before, but Austrian ensemble Hotel Palindrone is in the city for the first time.”

    In harmony
    The musical extravaganza begins on Saturday with Italian-Argentinian conductor Santiago Lusardi Girelli presiding over BSM’s choral ensemble and chamber orchestra. In town last month for rehearsals with the musicians, Girelli, who has worked on musicals including Jesus Christ Superstar, Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera, will continue his association with BSM after the concert, through a series of workshops.

    For something more offbeat, catch Hotel Palindrone at Saiacs CEO Centre on Sunday. The group showcases unusual instruments including bagpipes, a jaw’s harp, and a mandola, to create music that defies categorisation. The four-man band had also recently been inspired by Indian-Portuguese songs from Goa and Mangalore, aside from European folk music. “They are entertainers in the true sense of the word, and engage extensively with the audience,” shares Sunderlal. The final treat will be a classical recital by pianist Marialena Fernandes on Tuesday. “The festival will continue until the end of March, so while this weekend is particularly special, you can watch out for more concerts for the next month,” Sunderlal signs off. Entry via donor passes. At venues citywide. Details: thebsm.net

    — MDS

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