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Upcoming Music Performances include Indian veena, American art songs and British Invasion

March 07, 2016
Otterbein University

The Otterbein University Department of Music offers a stellar lineup of upcoming performances, with genres to please a variety of musical tastes, including performances of Indian veena music, American art songs and music of the British invasion. For more information about the Department of Music or these and other upcoming performances, visit www.otterbein.edu/music or call 614-823-1508.

Otterbein to Host Indian Veena Performance in Collaboration with Dhvani

The Otterbein Department of Music will host the final concert in its series of Carnatic music, southern India’s great musical tradition, presented by Dhvani, the Indian Performing Arts Society of Central Ohio. The series will conclude with a concert by renowned veena player Nirmala Rajasekar at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, in Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St. Tickets are $25 general admission and $10 for students and senior citizens and may be purchased at https://www.dhvaniohio.org/.  The event is free to students, staff and faculty of the Otterbein community, and for members of Dhvani. This performance is also a part of Otterbein’s guitar festival, The Guitar and its Fretted Friends, running March 10-16.  Visit www.otterbein.edu/guitarfestival for a complete schedule of festival events.

Nirmala Rajasekar began her training in veena at age six in Chennai from well-known practitioners such as Sri Deva Kottai Narayana Iyengar and Smt. Kamala Aswathama. After moving to Bangalore, she learned at the Gana Mandira School in Basavangudi Smt. G Chennama and Smt. E. P. Alamelu. She began her career as a soloist at age 13. Later in Chennai, she was guided by the revered veena vidushi the late Smt.Kalpakam Swaminathan.  Nirmala has trained with her for nearly 30 years.  Her vocal gurus are Sri B.Sitarama Sarma and Prof T.R. Subramanyam. Her music has been described as “sublime,” “creative and innovative yet seeped in traditional values,” and “masterful and soulful.”

Rajasekar has performed in many world renowned venues such as the United Nations and Carnegie Hall, New York City; BBC, London, England; Kongresshaus, Zurich, Switzerland; and Music Academy, Chennai, India. She is the artistic director of the school Naadha Rasa (Essence of Tone), Center for Music. She travels around the world teaching and performing Carnatic music vocally and on her veena She is an active collaborator and has written and performed with many disciplines including western classical music, jazz, Chinese music, poetry and dance.

Tenor Daniel Neer to Perform at Otterbein with Faculty Pianist Timothy Huffman

Daniel Neer, tenor soloist, and Timothy Huffman, piano, will present a program of American art songs at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 13, in Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St. The concert is free and open to the public.  

Familiar works by Samuel Barber, Charles Ives, Ned Rorem and John Duke will be presented, along with a few forgotten gems by Elinor Remick Warren, Amy Beach and Henry Thacker Burleigh. World premieres will include Nightfall by Elizabeth Egan, Travel by Sara Carina Graef, and Love at the Planetarium by Jason Robert Taylor to poetry by Daniel Neer.  The program will also include World Premieres of songs by three Otterbein students, and a piece by Dennis Davenport, chair of Otterbein’s Department of Music.


Otterbein Singers Perform British Invasion Concert to Benefit Library

Friends of the Otterbein University Courtright Memorial Library will present a benefit concert featuring The Otterbein Singers in a British Invasion at 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 20, at the Church of the Master United Methodist, 24 N. Grove St.

Under the direction of Dennis Davenport, chair of Otterbein’s Department of Music, and accompanist Joyce Stonebraker, The Otterbein Singers will perform music by Gilbert and Sullivan, The Beatles, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Freddie Mercury and Queen.

Refreshments will be served. Good will offerings acceptedto benefit Otterbein’s Courtright Memorial Library.

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