Under the patronage of the President of the European Commission, Mr. José Manuel Barroso, the Mahler Chamber Soloists will travel to India to perform chamber music concerts and carry out educational outreach work in the cities of Panaji (22 January), Mumbai and Pune (25 January). The MCO concerts are part of a series of events organised around the celebration of the 60th anniversary of Indo-German diplomatic ties.
On 23 January, the ensemble travels to Mumbai, one of the most vibrant cities in India. In collaboration with the Goethe-Institut and Spic Macay (Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth) the MCO will give a lecture concert for students at a local university, performing a piece for them along with some explanatory words and answering questions in a dialogue with students. Working with Joseph Walters, founder of the music education initiative Songbound, the MCO Soloists will also visit two newly established music centres for needy children in Mumbai, to perform, demonstrate and play musical games.
With Works by Dvorák, Mozart and Brahms the MCO Soloists will perform a concert at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) in Mumbai on 24 January . This concert will be presented by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).
We will document each day of the tour on our website with photos and a tour diary entry by one of the musicians. Be sure to check back here later this month to get all of the details. The entrance for the concert in Mumbai is free for all visitors. Free tickets can be purchased at the Indian Council for Cultural Relations.