2014-03-13 17:52:30 UTC
From Victor Rangel-RibeiroFriends, Romance writers, and countrymen (and women), fair warning!
On Monday, March 17, I will be conducting the Goa String Orchestra in
a concert of international classical music. The programme will begin
with Handel's jolly "Arrival of the Queen of Sheba", which foretells
she will be having a jolly good time with King Solomon if he gets to
the Kala Academy on time. To enhance the couple's amorous mood we will
then play Edward Elgar's "Salut d'amour", and follow that up with his
"Chanson de matin" (Morning Song) to set the mood for when the royal
philanderers finally wake up.
The main work of the evening will be Mozart's very lively and tuneful
early piano concerto No. 14 in E flat; the soloist will be Karl
Lutchmayer, a Goan Brit who is a professor at the Trinity College of
Music in London. We will also be playing Mozart's rousing Serenata
Notturna for four string soloists and string ensemble. (I use the term
"rousing" because, while one expects the normal serenade to be a
quiet, romantic song that a lovestruck swain (are there still swains
around, or are there only young fellows these days?) would softly
croon beneath a loved one's window, in this particular serenade Mozart
has the soloists cooing like lovebirds, while the rest of the group
comes up with a boisterous response every time.
The concert will end with a couple of surprise pieces that will
fortunately be of very short duration.
So do come in with a group of as many friends and relatives as you can
put together, and if classical music is not something you or your
friends would waste an evening on, send me your enemies instead.