The two evenings of western classical music at the Dinanath Mangeshkar Auditorium, Kala Academy, Panaji, on the 15th and the 16th October, proved deeply satisfying to the discerning crowds invited to the third annual edition of the western classical music festival, Da Capo Sammelan, by the Vasantrao Dempo Education & Research Foundation. The Cidade de Goa Resort, Vainguinim Beach, Dona Paula were the Hospitality Partners of the event, and the Giving Voice Society, Mumbai collaborated with the Foundation by arranging hugely talented young adult Indian singers from Mumbai and Pune to perform on Day One.
The first two editions of Da Capo Sammelan featured an international artiste in addition to the British couple who are the mainstays of the festival – daughter of Goa, Patricia Rozario, OBE, FRCM, soprano, and her pianist husband, Mark Troop.
This time, too, a talented young Japanese violinist, Ms. Mika Nishimura was part of the ensemble. But Ms. Rozario and Mr. Troop recommended to Mr. Shrinivas V Dempo and his wife, Ms. Pallavi Dempo that the festival should offer a showcase to young Goan talent from the ages of 10 to 15 playing the piano or violin, and older youngsters from the Giving Voice Society based in Mumbai to sing. The festival would be split in two days, with Day One for the youngsters and Day Two for Voice, Violin and Piano.
As such, ten youngsters were selected after auditions, and four young adults from Goa, Mumbai and Pune obliged vocally on behalf of Giving Voice Society.
The programme was as follows:-