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Concert on Classical, Jazz and Broadway theme songs

May 28, 2013


Sri Lanka, May 19 -- Piano Teacher Ruvini Hapugalle Gunasekera said that her students would present the musical concert Tribute. celebrating 21 years of teaching, Ruvini will dedicate the concert to her mother Mrs. Indranee Hapugalle, who was also her first piano teacher. Hapugalle has taught the piano and promoted Classical music across Sri Lanka for over 50 years.

Tribute will feature a rich galaxy of varying musical styles, including Classics, Jazz, Broadway, Disney, light Classics, Pop, and Hollywood theme songs. Popular classical masterpieces, by composers such as Chopin, Debussy and Rachmaninoff, will be performed as piano solos by award winning star students.

The evening's musical firmament will be studded by a number of piano duets that the audience is bound to savour.

The popular Canon in D, Carmen Fantasy, Tango in D, Summertime, I got Plenty of Nuttin, Mardi Gras, Cabaret, and Havah Nagilah will constitute some of the evening's constellation of duets.

A few violin and vocal solos will add a tinge of glitter to the program.

The Little Kindermunks (aged 3-5) will perform a medley of songs from Walt Disney, and sing and dance to the popular song 'Rock Around the Clock'. The award winning Kindersingers (aged 6-9) will sing and dance to songs such as 'It's a Hard Knock life' from Annie, 'Consider Yourself' from Oliver, and 'Any Dream Would Do'.

Ruvini's multi-talented award-winning senior students have come up with two original arrangements: one an instrumental and vocal medley of theme songs from popular Hollywood movies, the other a medley of Beatles songs.

They are poised to vibrate the audience with their creative arrangement of the vocal and instrumental parts communicated with infectious enthusiasm and well-honed performing skills through singing and playing of piano, guitar, and drums.

The programme will come to a nostalgic close with the original arrangement of songs from the eternally popular Beatles.

Tribute will take wing at 6 pm on June 2 at The British School Auditorium, Colombo 8.

All proceeds will be donated to the 'Music Project', which uses music as a link language to build bridges between the communities in the North and South of Sri Lanka.

The Music Project will use the funds to buy educational and music support material.

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