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Music Director and Conductor Michael Morgan and the Oakland East Bay Symphony Present NOTES FROM INDIA, 3/28

Music Director and Conductor Michael Morgan and the Oakland East Bay Symphony Present NOTES FROM INDIA, 3/28

As they continue a successful and varied 25th anniversary season, Music Director and Conductor Michael Morgan and the Oakland East Bay Symphony present the latest world-wandering chapter in their innovative and popular series exploring symphonic music from various world cultures with Notes from India Friday, March 28, at 8 pm at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland.

The program will include the world premiere of Where Shadow Chases Light, a new work by young Indian composer Juhi Bansal in her Oakland East Bay Symphony debut, commissioned as part of the Symphony's New Visions/New Vistas Commissioning Project, supported by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation. The evening will also feature sitar soloistStephen Slawek performing Ravi Shankar's Concert No. 1 for Sitar and Orchestra, excerpts from Philip Glass and Ravi Shankar's Passages and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92. A pre-concert talk by John Kendall Bailey and Juhi Bansal will take place at 7pm and concert is sponsored in part by Mueller Nicholls Builders. For information, visit www.oebs.org .

The music of Juhi Bansal has been described as "luscious" and "passionate", and takes its inspiration from a widely disparate set of elements. As an Indian composer brought up in Hong Kong, her pieces draw subtly on those traditions, entwining them closely and intricately with the gestures of classical music. Expressive and emotive, much of her music begins with extra-musical origins: visual stills from nature, poetry, or poignant and biting phrases of prose.

Tickets for the March 28 concert are priced $20 to $70 and may be purchased at www.oebs.org or call 510-444-0801.

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