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Two Indian musicians who studied together under the legendary Ravi Shankar will reunite on Friday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m., for a Music at Colby concert titled Sounds and Rhythms of India. The concert is free and open to the public.

Sarod player and Colby artist-in-residence Aditya Verma will be joined by his former roommate, sitar player Shubhendra Rao, and accompanied by tabla player Durjay Bhaumik.

Verma, who performed for an enthusiastic audience at Colby in February, is fast emerging as a force on the world music stage. A charismatic musician based in Canada and India, Verma has won the admiration of audiences across North America, Europe and India. His electrifying performances reveal his virtuosity, passionate energy and an intensely emotional approach to the music.

Rao is one of India’s leading instrumentalists. He has performed at major music festivals and prestigious concert halls across the world including the Theatre de la Ville in Paris, Kremlin in Moscow, National Arts Festival in South Africa, and Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis. Rao is based in New Delhi, India.

The sitar became well known in the U.S. when The Beatles introduced it into their music. George Harrison studied under Shankar.

The sarod and the sitar are both stringed instruments with long necks. The tabla is a pair of drums, one tenor, one bass, played by hand.

Other Music at Colby performances in the spring semester:

Colby Jazz Band: Fusion Jazz
Eric Thomas, director
Saturday, April 21, 7:30 p.m.
Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Building
This mixture of rock and jazz is certain to have a little something for everyone. The concert features selections from Miles Davis’s Bitches Brew, Chick Corea’s Return To Forever, tunes from Weather Report, and hits such as “Birdland,” “Footprints,” “Infant Eyes,” “Spain,” and “Mysterious Traveler.” Works by Colby College composers Carl Dimow, Rick Bishop, and Eric Thomas will also be performed.


Music at Colby: Collegium Musicum
Venetian Music for San Marco and the First Opera Houses
Eva Linfield, conductor
Saturday, April 28, 7:30 p.m.
Lorimer Chapel
The Basilica of San Marco served a double function for liturgical church as well as state events and gave rise to much spectacular music. Opera as a genre was born in Venice, which opened its doors to the first public opera performances in 1637. For centuries the republic of Venice, La Serenissima, set trends in music for all of Europe. Music for this concert draws on secular and sacred genres from the 16th and 17th centuries, a period labeled the “Golden Age” of Venetian music.

Colby Symphony Orchestra and Colby College Chorale/Colby-Kennebec Choral Society
Saturday, May 5, and Sunday, May 6, 7:30 p.m.
Lorimer Chapel
Jonathan Hallstrom, orchestra conductor; Paul Machlin, chorale conductor
The final concert of the season will feature the combined forces of the Colby Symphony Orchestra, Colby Chorale, and Colby-Kennebec Choral Society in a performance of Francis Poulenc’s exquisite Gloria with soprano soloist Christina Astrachan. Also performing will be the winner(s) of the Music Department’s annual concerto competition.