COMPOSER James MacMillan will be leading two orchestras into the country next weekend—the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Joining the club is the musical powerhouse that is violinist Nicola Benedetti. The three-city tour (Chennai, New Delhi and Mumbai), one of the events leading up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, will also include workshops. And while the premium seating at Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao is by invitation, balcony seats are priced at `500. Should you attend? Read on:
The line-up: Mendelssohn —Hebrides Overture; Mozart—Violin Concerto No 5 (Nicola Benedetti); and Tchaikovsky —Symphony No 4…need we say more? Besides, Benedetti is all set to impress on her first visit to India, with what is possibly the most frequently played violin concerto ever written. Incidentally, she won the Classical Brit Award for Best Female Artist for the second time last year.
Expert speak: Classical pianist Anil Srinivasan has been working with BBC SSO for six months now and, with his involvement, the orchestra will present two concerts for school children on March 28. ‘‘It’s a phenomenal experience to listen to a full-fledged symphony orchestra, where perfection is a given. MacMillan is one of the greatest conductors of our time,’’ he says.
Dress party: This is the only public concert in our city where the dress code is Black Tie (there’s the option of Indian Formals for the party poopers). Waistcoat or cummerband? It will be interesting to see how our fashionable males tackle this one. Bring on the formal pumps with grosgrain bow!
Rule book: Try not to be the ‘latecomer’ or the ‘early quitter’ as conductors do not look kindly on them. And please, don’t be caught with a ringing cellphone. For those of us nursing a sore throat, throat lozenges are good to take along.
On March 29, 7.30 pm, at Sir Mutha Concert Hall. Details: 39895050 and bookmyshow.com