Sitarist Anoushka Shankar joins Orpheus for world prem

Posted on: January 30, 2009

The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is in the midst of making Orpheus RAGA, a twelve-part web series documenting the creative process during rehearsals for Ravi Shankar’s Third Concerto for Sitar and Orchestra, commissioned by Orpheus. Anoushka Shankar, the composer’s daughter and like her father a prominent sitar player, is soloist for the concerto. The web series began airing on January 21 at wnyc.org and playbillarts.org and consists of a series of three- to five-minute episodes documenting the rehearsal process as the orchestra rehearses in Chicago, New York, and New Jersey, culminating in a live performance at Carnegie Hall on January 31, which will air on February 1. Filmmakers Chris and Alex Browne have filmed the series, which may also be viewed collectively at orpheusraga.com.

Photo of Anoushka Shankar by Colston Julian