On Thursday 24th of September, 2015, Queensland Symphony Orchestra is turning up the colour and sound with the spectacular 'Bollywood Gala' featuring 'Giant of the Sitar' Indian classical music star Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan.
This anticipated cultural event will see Brisbane's premier Bollywood Dance Company, Dance Masala, perform alongside Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
It will be an evening dedicated to celebrating the greatest film composers who have contributed to the rich and diverse soundscape of Bollywood and Indian cinema. From sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar, two-time Academy Award winner A. R. Rahman and prolific indian film score director R. D. Burman to multi award-wining Canadian composer Mychael Danna, the highly influential Phillip Glass and Indian composer John Mayer, known for his fusions of jazz with Indian music.
A colourful and exciting pre-show performance will set the tone for the evening. Six of Dance Masala's finest Bollywood dancers, founder of Dance Masala and principal choreographer, Andrea Lam (Highgate Hill), Asara Wijeratne (Sinnamon Park), Juhi Loyalka (Herston), Californian Neharika Khurana (St Lucia) who has won many awards during her time as co-captain and choreographer for a prestigious Bollywood America Dance team, Nikhila Tumkur (Calamvale), and Nisha Bhaga (Albany Creek) will entertain audiences with a unique routine, which effortlessly blends several forms of Indian and Western dance. From Kathak, Bharatnatyam and Lavani, to Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz and Hip Hop!
One of the world's finest sitar players, Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan, will then perform exclusively with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) under the baton of British conductor Andrew Mogrelia. Audiences will be treated to the premiere of Maestro Khan's 'Concerto for Sitar and Orchestra' as well as excerpts of the moving and memorable film scores of 'Slumdog Millionaire' and 'Hundred Foot Journey' by A. R. Rahman and 'Monsoon Wedding' by Mychael Danna. Rounding out the programme will be selected movements from the Phillip Glass opera 'Satyagraha'; R. D. Burman's score for 'The Burning Train' and Ravi Shankar's Symphony No.1.
"What a coup it is to have Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan here to perform with the QSO for our Bollywood Gala in Brisbane City Hall," said QSO Chief Executive Officer Ms Sophie Galaise. "We are honoured to welcome him here for his Australian debut."
Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan's virtuosity and innovative genius has earned him a legacy as a 'Giant of the Sitar'. A seventh generation heir to the sitar's first family, the Etawah Gharana, Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan learned his craft from his father, Ustad Aziz Khan, and has an unequalled pedigree.
This special music and cultural event will present the wondrous, colourful sounds of India in a stunning stage production.
Bollywood Gala will be held for one night only on Thursday 24 September at 7.30pm, Brisbane City Hall (QSO WorldBeat).
Tickets are now on sale through qso.com.au and start from $47.
This event is proudly supported by Brisbane City Council, the Australia India Business Council, Euro Solar and exclusive media partners Brisbane Indian Times and Australian Indian Radio.
For more information on the event, programme and ticketing, please visit qso.com.au