Providing opportunity to listen to music
The SOSL reaches out:
The symphony orchestra of Sri Lanka (SOSL)
performed the first concert of its 55th season to a packed house at the
newly opened Musaeus College auditorium recently.
The concert, which commenced with Mozart’s well known Overture to the
Magic Flute concert, featured French horn specialist, Aron Konzcei, from
Hungary, who performed Richard Strauss’ French horn concert no. 1 with
consummate ease and virtuosity. The concert culminated with Beethoven’s
majestic fifth providing the audience with an evening of German
masterworks, performed with ‘heroic musicianship’ as described by a
member of the audience.
This concert was not merely an opportunity for the audience to enjoy
masterworks from the orchestral repertoire but it was also a great
effort by the SOSL to reach out to students from out of Colombo. The
audience was informed by the Chairman of the SOSL, that as part of the
orchestra’s commitment to share their music, students are regularly
invited to attend the orchestra’s concerts in Colombo. On this night
over 300 students, from universities and schools in and outside Colombo
were in the audience on the invitation of the orchestra.
Particularly heartwarming was the invitation extended to the group of
students, teachers and officials from Mullaitivu, who were in Colombo
for the first time in their lives. Their three day visit to Colombo
included many first time experiences that included a train ride and a
film at a cinema.
In addition to this group, the audience was informed that a further
100 students were brought in from Galle, specifically to attend this
concert. Many of these children too had never seen a symphony orchestra
in live concert before despite being students of western classical music
theory. Along with another 100 students from Musaeus College, the North
and South students were given an opportunity to learn about the
instruments of the orchestra and to interact with each other prior to
the concert, in a session conducted by a member of the SOSL and Sri
This contribution, by the SOSL, to reconciliation and understanding
was praised by many in the audience, who appreciated the orchestra’s
programme to reach out to students in and outside Colombo. The SOSL was
commended for its ‘excellent social and educational responsibility’ and
for providing an opportunity for students to listen to music to which
they have no other exposure.