HINDUSTAN TIMES(Delhi, India), 8 April 1995, p. 4.
WOODSTOCK SCHOOL's FINE PERFORMANCE
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
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
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
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