Choral music is fast gaining popularity in Goa. The Goa University Choir which has been in existence since 2013 has participated in many noteworthy events in the State to date. The Monte Music Festival, as well as the Ketevan World Sacred Music Festival, are just two such events that have given them a platform to showcase a plethora of musical talent. They’ve also performed in Mangalore and Bangalore: the latter was with an Italian Choir group. And now they’re set to enthrall Mumbai by performing at the NCPA auditorium on November 13 and Prithvi Theatre on November 12.
As part of this event, they are collaborating with renowned music composer/conductor Maestro Martín Palmeri. He will be playing the piano while they sing his famous Misatango composition.
Maestro Martin Palmeri
Maestro Palmeri hails from Argentina and is the resident composer 2018 for the DCINY at the world-renowned Carnegie Hall – New York. He also happens to be very famous in the European choral music scene. A former professor of Goa University’s Santiago Lusardi Girelli (who is the conductor of the Goa University Choir) Maestro Palmeri is currently in Goa to work with them on a style of choral music that has never been done here before. He has also been conducting a choral workshop from November 5-7 about his work in the style of tango.
The Goa University Choir goes to the NCPA
The Goa University Choir said to be India’s first university choir, will now join the ranks of such greats as Vienna Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Bavarian State Orchestra among many more at the NCPA this coming weekend. They will be performing along with the Symphonic Orchestra of India (SOI) on 13th November. The SOI happens to be India’s only professional orchestra. It is, therefore, a defining moment for the Goa University Choir to have been invited to perform at an event of this scale.
This performance will also have the renowned Russian violinist/ conductor Evgeny Bushkov conducting the Goa University Choir. One of today’s most interesting conductors, Evgeny Bushkov received early acclaim as a spectacular violinist. He has performed with a number of soloists and at numerous venues all over the world through the years between 1999 and 2016, both as a violinist and a conductor. He has been the resident conductor for the Symphonic Orchestra of India since January 2017 and will now lead them as part of their performances at the NCPA and Prithvi Theatre.
The choir will be part of the performance of the Misatango, ‘a brilliant piece of music that combines sacred choral traditions of mass with the traditional Argentinian tango’ as quoted by Maestro Girelli. It’s definitely the beginning of many great opportunities for the Goa University Choir in the coming future.