Now that the Ramazan hiatus is over, musicians have started tuning their instruments to get back in rhythm and so has the National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA). Its newly formed Society of Music and Repertory Theatre (SMART) is to collaborate with a US-based violinist William Harvey and the String Quartet that he plays with.
The Quartet, comprising cellist Peter Myers and violinists Emily Holden and Holly Jenkins, have come to Karachi under an initiative of Cultures in Harmony, an NGO that aims to bring people together through music.
After impressing a younger audience at the Music, Art and Dance (MAD) School on Tuesday night, the Quartet announced their upcoming collaboration at the Napa premises. They discussed the details while sitting alongside the head of the music department of Napa, Nafees Ahmed Khan, and other faculty members.
Khan was of the opinion that Napa’s collaboration with such skillful artists makes the experience at an academy like Napa worth having.
“We will try and bring forward the similarities between eastern and western music. I hope the audience appreciates our effort in coordinating and putting this together with Cultures of Harmony,” Khan said at the press conference.
The show will feature an interesting mix of teachers and students, veterans and rookies but the highlight of the show is expected to be the Quartet and the music of Ustaad Salamat Hussain.
The musical shows will take place at the Pakistan Institute of International Affairs’ auditorium at 8:30pm on September 4 and at 5:30pm on September 5.The show is free of charge and open for public.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 1st, 2012.
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