|Symphony Orchestra of India Debut in Western Europe|
In the evening of January 19, 2016, Zurich Tonhalle was overwhelmed by cheers and applauds.
On the evening of January 19, 2016, Zurich Tonhalle was overwhelmed by cheers and applauds as the Symphony Orchestra of India (SOI), under the baton of Zane Dalal, finished the last piece of their very first concert in Western Europe.
SOI is India’s first and only professional orchestra dedicated to Western music. Invited by Migros Festival, SOI fulfilled a three-city tour in Switzerland and gave three wonderful concerts in Tonhalle Zurich, Victoria Hall Geneva and Tonhalle St. Gallen. between January 19 to 22, 2016. It is worth mentioning that world’s leading orchestras such as the Mariinsky Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra also participated in the festival.
Besides, to western audiences familiar works, i.e., Smetana’s overture from Bartered Bride and Bartok’s classic Concert for Orchestra, a new piece Peshkar was among the repertoire. Peshkar is the first commissioned work of SOI, and it is also the first orchestra work by Zakir Hussain for his instrument “tabla”.
It was three years ago that SOI first collaborated with Wu Promotion and made their historical debut in the Middle East. Their wonderful performances at the Royal Opera House Muscat of Oman in 2013, also formed a new page in Wu Promotion’s history, as it was the first time for the China based performing arts agency to organize a foreign artistic ensemble to give performances in a third country.