EAST MEETS WEST
Alexander Hersh, cello
Recording for Salon de Virtuosi on June 8, 2020,
at Guarneri Hall in Chicago.
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Salon De Virtuosi in Collaboration With The
Consulate General of India, New York
Our annual East Meets West concert at the Indian Consulate has been a long and beloved tradition dating from the very earliest days of the Salon, dedicated to uniting the classical traditinal musical cultures of India and the West. One of our earliest East Meets West concerts was held in 1991, featuring the world-renowned sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan and the St. Lawrence String Quartet.
We are delighted to be able to continue this long tradition by presenting our East Meets West concert again this year, albeit in virtual form.
The concert features a thrilling program for solo cello specially recorded by cellist Alexander Hersh for the Salon, as well a previously recorded performance of a contemporary work by the Italian composer Giovanni Sollima. This talented young artist has already performed with the Houston Symphony and the Boston Pops and has distinguished himself as one of the leading cellists of his generation, most recently receiving top prizes at the 2019 Astral National Auditions and numerous other competitions. Read more about Alex .
We are also delighted to present an exciting performance recorded live for the Salon from India featuring the rising young talents Deepsankar Bhattacharjee, sitar, and Unmesh Banjerjee, tabla, performing a beautiful Indian evening Raga. Both Deepsankar and Unmesh come from illustrious musical families in India and have received numerous awards and accolades.
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The concert ends with a grand finale collaboration between Alex, Deepsankar and Unmesh performing a new piece composed by the Salon's friend Samir Chatterjee, President of Chhandayan Music Center, especially for this concert, for which we are deeply grateful.
Before we begin the musical program, we would like to share a few words of greeting below.
Consul General Sandeep Chakravorty, Erika White and Lora Tchekoratova Introduce the Program
Giovanni Solima (b. 1962) - Lamentation for Solo Cello
Deepsankar Bhattacharjee, sitar, and Unmesh Banerjee, tabla
Sitar recital of Raaga Chhayanat, an evening melody of the Kalyan Thaat (parent scale), with tabla accompaniment. It unfolds in five movements:
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East Meets West Grand Finale
ANYATHA, composed by Samir Chatterjee
Lora Tchekoratova Interviews Alexander Hersh
Samir Chatterjee interviews Deepsankar Bhattacharjee and Unmesh Banerjee