November 8, 2015 — 7:00 PM


Melharmony Festival - Chitravina N Ravikiran & the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra

We take great delight in drawing your kind attention to one of the most significant events in US Cultural Calendar - the annual Midwest Melharmony Festival on November 8, 2015, at the Mills Concert Hall. This festival, initiated in Nov 2013 endeavors to pioneer a new era in keeping with the inventor of Melharmony, Chitravina N Ravikiran's vision of taking multi-cultural-diversity to the next level of 'multi-cultural-unity' in USA and also other parts of the world, by showcasing the similarities between various systems of music, which can enable their contrasts to be appreciated even more positively.

The inaugural edition, billed as the OVK-Bach Festival, featured two immortal creators of two contrasting cultures (Indian and Western classical), Oottukkadu Venkata Kavi (1700-65) and Bach (1685-1750), and the second edition focused on the works of Tyagaraja & Mozart, also from the 18th century. It provided a study in contrast between the developments in melody in the East around the same time that harmony took great strides in the West and received both audience acclaim and media attention in both USA and India.

This year's Dikshitar-Beethoven Festival centers on Dikshitar (1775 - 1835) & Beethoven(1770-1827). Both composed hundreds of pieces and were among the most influential composers in their respective systems of music. The event will include scholarly discussions by Prof. Robert Morris from the Eastman School of Music on Dikshitar & Beethoven, performances of their works by professional ensembles, competitions and short recital opportunities for students.

The crowning event will be a performance by Maestro Chitravina N Ravikiran, who has been hailed for his "Teasing precision and dazzling effects" (New York Times), and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra conducted by Maestro Andrew Sewell. The event is expected to draw hundreds of listeners from Dane County, Milwaukee, Chicago and Minneapolis and is expected to be one of the biggest budget multicultural festivals in Dane County, going forward.

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