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Sacred music from different eras


Bringing together a combination of sacred music traditions from different eras of East and West, the fourth edition of Ketevan World Sacred Music Festival will feature performances of numerous artistes from February 21 to February 24 at Old Goa.

The festival will offer concerts, workshops and conferences with artistes from several traditions around the world: Western Classical, Carnatic, Orthodox Christian, Catholic, Sufi, Hindustani, Jewish, Native and many others.

There will be a performance of ‘Spiritualia’ by Italian jazz violinist Luca Ciarla, as well as ‘Bach’s Dreams and XXth Century Sounds’ directed by UK-based Indian conductor Manvinder Rattan which will combine ancient sacred chants from all eras and traditions.

From Milan will come the soprano Natalia Lemercier, who will perform as a soloist in the two biggest concerts of the festival. The oratory ‘Passion Landscapes’, written for the occasion, will be premiered at the festival and conducted by the composer and artistic director himself, Maestro Santiago Lusardi Girelli from Argentina and performed by the Goa University Choir (GUC).

The Ketevan will also feature participation of dhrupad singer Ritwik Sanyal from Benares, the youth male choir from the UK ‘The King’s Barbers’, santoor player Jonathan Voyer, and dancer Gautam Nima.

The GUC, in collaboration with artistes from France, Portugal, Spain, Argentina, Germany, UK, Italy, Georgia, and India, will perform the ‘Misatango’ by the Carnegie Hall Resident Composer 2018, Martin Palmeri. This will be the closing concert of the fourth edition of the festival.

(Donation passes are available at Furtado’s in Panaji and Margao )


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