Kumar de Silva
  • The Cantando Cello Ensemble presents ‘Baroque in Rhythm’


    The Cantando Cello Ensemble was named for the singing sound that is so particularly associated with that instrument, and has been performing together for ten years now. This year, on the 7th of February, the Ensemble, directed by Dushy Perera, will perform a programme of Baroque music in memory of Mrs. Averil Bartholomeusz. Averil Bartholomeusz was for decades the only cello teacher in Sri Lanka. She was the first teacher of Dushy Perera—the director of the ensemble, and Tamara Holsinger, who in turn have been teaching the instrument for many years. This year marks the 100th anniversary of her birth, and it seems fitting to celebrate her memory with a concert of music she loved, in the voice of the instrument she taught. The cellists of the Ensemble are also members of the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka, and are led and directed by Dushy Perera—now an associate conductor of


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