The Power of Music

In continuing with its mission to celebrate the power of music, Child’s Play Foundation will host its anniversary monsoon concert on September 21, 6 p.m. at Institute Menezes Braganza Hall, Panaji.

NT KURIOCITY gets you the details

On the occasion of its tenth anniversary, Child’s Play India Foundation is organising its anniversary monsoon concert on September 21, 6 p.m. at Institute Menezes Braganza Hall, Panaji. The NGO led by Luis Dias works towards bringing classical music to underprivileged children in India. By doing so, their aim is to give children an opportunity to make music, learn a new skill, and lead a life of empowerment.

The concert will feature a range of performances by the children of Child’s Play (aged six to 19), the Camerata Child’’s Play India along with invited musicians including Omar De Loiola Pereira, Selwyn Menezes, Jonathan Bager (flute), Laura Riccardi (violin), and others.

This concert will showcase a variety of pieces such as works for beginner orchestra, and the more advanced ensemble which will give the Indian premiere of a concerto grosso by a less-well-known Baroque composer, Johann Valentin Rathgeber (with children playing the solo parts); two movements (Rondeau and the famous Badinerie) of Johann Sebastian Bach’’s Orchestral Suite no 2 in B minor; Vivaldi concerto in C major (RV 115) for strings and continuo; and the Andante Festivo by Jean Sibelius.

There will also be performances by duo Omar de Loiola Pereira (guitar) and Selwyn Menezes (violin). The Baridisi Quartet will perform the Mozart Flute Quartet no 4 in A major, KV 298 Bager and Riccardi will play Telemann’’s Sonata in A major. In addition, the flute students will perform a three-part arrangement of Leonard Cohen’s ‘‘Hallelujah’’, while Irfan Simphigher, who has been with the charity since its inception, will play Joseph-Hector Fiocco’s ‘‘Allegro’’.

Over the course of the past decade, the foundation has gathered several accolades to its name: The Camerata Child’s Play India performed at the Monte Music Festival in 2014, the charity was invited to be featured at the INK Talks twice, in 2010 and 2017, and they have had two major concerts every year since 2014, which are now fixtures on Goa’s classical music calendar. The charity has also been featured in several national and international publications including Reader’s Digest, The Hindu and Deutsche Welle, and in a book on classical music titled ‘‘Planet Beethoven: Classical Music at the Turn of the Millennium’’.

Looking ahead, the NGO is focused on building on existing projects and in particular ‘‘the cello project’’ which aims to revitalise interest in the instrument. “We are committed to providing an excellent standard of teaching for our students. This means building a strong pedagogical foundation, partnerships with similar institutions worldwide and opportunities to grow as musicians.  We are always open to applications from experienced and enthusiastic teachers. In fact, we get several emails every week from all over the world with enquiries about vacant positions,” says founder and project director of Child’s Play, Luis Dias.

The mission of Child’s Play India is to instil positive values and empowerment to India’s disadvantaged children through the teaching of classical music to the highest possible standard. “When we started the charity ten years ago, we had no idea about the journey it would take us on and how this would take over our lives completely. In the decade gone by, we have met and taught hundreds of children. We have watched them grow from shy children to confident teenagers. Some of the children we started with ten years ago are still with us and I hope they will continue learning music even as they grow into adulthood. It is truly awe-inspiring to observe the transforming power of music in the lives of children and youth,” he adds.

(The anniversary monsoon concert will be held on September 21, 6 p.m. at Institute Menezes Braganza Hall, Panaji. Donation passes will be available at Furtados, Panaji and at the venue before the concert.)