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Tuesday , November 20 , 2012
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Norway music group entertains students

- SPIC MACAY ensures an enlightening journey for youths through Western classical concerts

Nov. 19: A Norway-based music group, Trondheim Soloist, is entertaining and enlightening students in different educational institutions in the city with its Western classical music concert.

The group has been brought to the city by the Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music And Culture Amongst Youth (SPIC MACAY) in collaboration with Concerts Norway.

“The group today performed at Narengi Army School and IIT Guwahati. Tomorrow, it will perform at Delhi Public School and Assam Engineering College. On Wednesday, they will be at Don Bosco School at Panbazar and Don Bosco Institute at Kharghuli and on the concluding day (Thursday) at South Point School and Veterinary College at Khanapara,” said Maushumi Barooah, co-ordinator of the Guwahati chapter of the society.

The group comprises a string quartet, a musical ensemble of four string players — usually two violin players, a violist and a cellist.

Formed in 1988, Trondheim Soloists is one of the most exciting young ensembles performing on the international stage. Through its dedication, commitment and enthusiasm it has quickly established itself as the most innovative chamber ensemble in Norway. Youthfulness and dynamism are synonymous to the group, after announcing its arrival on the international stage in 1990 with a rapturously received debut in London.

Concerts Norway has been a spearhead in the field of multicultural music through collaboration with the music milieu in Asia, Africa and West Asia for more than 20 years.

Since 2000, collaboration with the Norwegian ministry of foreign affairs has given it the chance to work with music outside Norway. Its main goal is to present good concert experiences to children and youth but also to offer live quality music to an adult audience.

With the support of the Norwegian ministry of foreign affairs and assistance from the Norwegian Embassy in Delhi, Concerts Norway has had the opportunity to develop collaborative relationships with Indian music organisations since 2002.

SPIC MACAY and Concerts Norway have concluded a three-year co-operation this year on competence building and exchange of music for the target group (children and young adults) in the two countries.

The society, which began work in 1977 and organises over 2,000 events annually, seeks to preserve and increase the interest in the rich and heterogeneous Indian culture among the country’s youths by focusing on classical arts and their attendant legends, rituals, mythology and philosophy. It has over 300 local branches throughout the country and 50 branches abroad.