HINDUSTAN TIMES(Delhi, India), 8 April 1995, p. 4.


WHEN a school pays the kind of attention to music that Woodstock School Mussoorie seems to be doing as a regular part of their policy for training the young it needs more than a second look. Music is generally considered to be a minor element of our national life. A little bit of pleasant distraction, an evening out yes, but the priority it enjoys as a vital transforming component of life is not fully grasped. So when a general purpose educational institution begins to pursue music seriously enough to nurture an orchestra with 60 students of good quality aspiring musicians whom they are able to present every year with notably enhanced enrichment in their development you are sobered. A school that teaches this level of music can be sure of a rich and aware student body and some remote guarantee of citizenship qualities in future years. This year the Woodstock School Mussoorrie and the Delhi Symphony Society presented the Music Faculty Groups and Band of Woodstock School at the FICCI Auditorium. The programme was in two parts the first, before the interval, had composition like Maurice Ravel's Sonatina played by Lisa Magata on the piano and a carefully picked out version of Beethoven's Sonata No. 2 in A Major op 2 with its three movements played by Zingrin Shishak with a nice and vigorous Scherzo. Ther was a rich Celile Chaminade played with surpassing grace by Bethany Hall on the transverse flute with piano accompaniment by Linda Weisenback. This was a memorable experience showing a musical sensibility of a high order. The Allegro Spirituoso of Hayden op 74 No. 2 was played with bravura by Ae Kyung Kim on the first Violin, In Kyung Kim on the 2nd Violin, Darryl Townsend on the Viola and Ravi Arthur on the piano. This was a liberating piece of work played with energy and discriminatlon. After the Intermission, a Fescobaldi Toccata was played with the full band of 60 players and a dizzing set of pieces that included the Jupiter movement by the English composer Gustav Holst full of polytonal surprises with a brooding inwardness which was brought out with great care and sophistication. Highlights from Camelot of Frederic Loewe that had four lively sections "Camelot," "Follo me," "I loved you once in silence" and "If ever I would leave you" played with quiet rapture and gentle humour. The final march Grandioso of Roland F. Seitz was a rousing finale to an evening of memorable music. The Woodstock School should be congratulated for this excellent performance of its music faculty. Raghava R. Menon ============================== E N D =============================== Return to Writings