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Otterbein University presents Carnatic Instrumental Concert and Early Music Concert

September 16, 2016
Otterbein University

Performances Include Carnatic Instrumental Concert and Early Music Concert

Westerville, OH—The Otterbein University Department of Music offers two unique concerts from visiting musicians, including a carnatic instrumental concert in partnership with Dhvani, the India Performing Arts Society of Central Ohio, and an early music concert with The Early Interval.

For more information about the Department of Music or these and other upcoming performances, visit www.otterbein.edu/music or call 614-823-1508.

Sax Meets Strings in Carnatic Instrumental Concert at Otterbein 

Dhvani, the India Performing Arts Society of Central Ohio, and Otterbein University jointly present a delightful and lively instrumental concert with violin, saxophone and mridangam at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, in Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for students, and free to the Otterbein community.

The musicians performing are Sandhya Anand on the violin, Anvita Hariharan on the saxophone, and Vinod Seetharaman on the mridangam.

Anand is an All India Radio graded professional violinist and vocalist. She has performed over 1,000 concerts in India and abroad. She had her tutelage under illustrious Gurus Smt. Suguna Varadachari (vocal), Sri. T.V.Gopalakrishnan, Sri. S. Krishna Iyer, Sri. R. Swaminathan (violin). Her vocal and violin performances have won her several awards and accolades. She is a recipient of national scholarships from the Central Government of India and has won many competitions at the All India level. She has performed with legendary artists in her genre and collaborates with leading and eminent dance artists and gives venu-violin-veena concerts, as well as solo performances. She lives in New Jersey, where she trains aspiring musician students.

Hariharan is a popular South Indian classical saxophonist. She began training on carnatic saxophone at 11 years old. In recent years, she has performed at Issai Mazhalai’s Margazhi festival in Chennai, Chicago Tyagaraja Utsavam, Cleveland Tyagaraja Aradhana, among various other venues in the United States. She has won competitions at Chicago Tyagaraja Utsavam and Cleveland Tyagaraja Aradhana, and was awarded scholarships in Chicago for her dedication to music. She teaches carnatic saxophone in the greater Chicago area.

Seetharaman started learning mridangam at 7 years old. Schooled in the pure classical music tradition, he has developed into one of most accomplished and sought after first generation Carnatic percussionists in the United States. His mridangam performances have won him wide appreciation from audiences, and his sound technique and creative abilities in the art of accompaniment, solo renditions and collaborative efforts have earned him a special place in art circles. He has shared the stage with at least four generations of Carnatic musicians. He is a popular teacher, and his students are regular features in music festivals and competitions. His vision is to work with a variety of musicians and propagate Indian percussion to diverse audiences across the globe.

With an emphasis on Carnatic music and the cultural heritage and performing arts of South India, Dhvani brings rich and diverse music and dance programs and other cultural events into Columbus and central Ohio and enriches the lives of all of who live there.


Otterbein University Department of Music to Host Early Music Concert

The Otterbein University Department of Music will host a concert of early music by guest artists, The Early Interval, at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2, in Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St. This concert is free and open to the public.

The Early Interval will introduce the most common instruments and styles of early music, then provide a full program of beautiful selections from the courts of Ferrara and Mantua. The Early Interval is an early music ensemble featuring members Lyz Liddell, Tamara Seckel, Sean Ferguson, Otterbein alumna Xan Vargo and Otterbein faculty member Jim Bates, with special guest Carolyn Redman. 

The Early Interval was formed in 1976 and performs medieval and Renaissance music for audiences all over Ohio and occasionally beyond. The ensemble performs vocally and on early wind, bowed string, plucked string, keyboard and percussion instruments. The group has engaged in a wide variety of collaborations with actors and theater companies, dancers and dance companies, singers and vocal ensembles, narrators, composers and guest instrumentalists. Since 1979, The Early Interval has been the resident ensemble performing annually on Capital University’s Early Music in Columbus concert series.

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