The New Jersey Symphony has announced a new family concert “Hooray for Bollywood” on May 13, 2023, at the NJ Performing Arts Center in Newark. The concert will feature an ensemble of instrumental and vocal music, dance and a western orchestra.
Virtuoso South Asian musicians, including prominent sitar player Indrajit Roy-Chowdhury, will join the Symphony conducted by Vinay Parameswaran. Award-winning pianist, composer and journalist Charu Suri will perform for the audience, the symphony announced.
Additionally dynamic dance routines, vocal accompaniments by Indian dance and music students from Kulture Kool and Bollywood numbers from classic films will also be part of the show.
“Indian music in all its genres is so rich, sophisticated and expansive and is deeply embedded in the daily lives of not just the South Asian diaspora but many other cultures all over the world. We are delighted to bring the vibrant music of an entire sub-continent in a new and exciting format through this concert,” said Archana Athalye, director of Kulture Kool and host of this performance.
“We are thrilled to be collaborating with Vinay Parameswaran and Kulture Kool to bring this exciting and unique performance to the stage,” said Erin Lunsford Norton, vice president of Artistic Planning at the New Jersey Symphony. “The fusion of Indian music and Western orchestration is a testament to the power of music to unite people across cultures and borders,” he added.