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:-

Monday, 15th October

Love and Laughter – A Showcase of Indian Talent

Showcase of talent from Goa
1. Daniel Monteiro, piano Starlight Waltz Charles Brainard
2. Kamryn Menezes, piano Rondo from Sonatina in F Diabelli
3. Shanaya Carvalho, violin Concerto in A (1st mvt) Vivaldi
4. Nadia Baretto, violin Millionaire’s Hoedown Herman Clebanoff
5. Gautam Sankar, piano Sonatina in F (1st mvt) Atwood
6. Amanda Rodrigues, violin Sonata in D (1st mvt) Beethoven
7. Alayna Paes, piano Sonatina in C Diabelli
8. Akhil Dayal, piano Waltz in E minor Grieg
9. Cayla Rodrigues, violin Allegro J H Fiocco
10. Anthea Dias, violin Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso Saint-Saens

PIANIST: Ingrid Anne Nazareth

Love and Laughter – romantic arias and humorous songs

1. Shreya Nayak Haydn Aria from Fedelta
2. Rahul Bharadwaj Donizetti Como paride
3. Anushka Coutinho Mozart Durch zärtlichkeit
4. Anoushka Pokhare Haydn Dell amor mio fedele

Animal Songs by Flanders and Swann
1. Anushka The Ostrich
2. Shreya The Gnu
3. Anoushka The Warthog
4. Rahul The Elephant
5. ALL The Hippopotamus

PIANIST: Mark Troop

Tuesday, 16th October

Love for all Seasons Classical masterworks for soprano and violin

Patricia Rozario – Soprano
Mika Nishimura – Violin
Mark Troop – Piano
Mozart: Sonata for violin & piano in G major K301
Bemberg: Chant Hindou
Tavener: Mini Song Cycle for Gina
Mozart: Jesus Amor Meus for soprano, violin & piano
Massenet: Meditation from Thais for violin & piano
Kreisler: Praeludium & Allegro for violin & piano
Vanraj Bhatia: Six seasons
Mozart L’Amero for soprano, violin & piano
Dove: My Wedding