Sean Panikkar & Saili Oak Headline New West Symphony’s ‘A Tour of India’ Concert

By Francisco Salazar

New West Symphony and conductor Michael Christie continues its 2020-21 reimagined season of “Global Sounds, Local Cultures” on Nov. 15 with “A Tour of India.”

The digital Sunday concert will be the culmination of a weekend of activities highlighting the profound impact that Indian culture and lifestyle on the greater Los Angeles Region.

The concert will showcase LA-based composer Reena Esmail, UCLA’s Rahul Neuman, Hindustani Soprano Saili Oak and internationally renowned tenor Sean Panikkar performing Philip Glass’ “Evening Song,” from the opera “Satyagraha,” Elgar’s “Sospiri,” Debussy’s “Prelude to Afternoon of a Faun,” Reena Esmail’s “Magan Rehna (Be Merry),” Shane Cook’s “Ajapa Jaap,” and Turina’s “La Oración Del Torero (The Bullfighter’s Prayer).”

In a press release, Christie noted, “Southern California has long been home to musicians, innovators, and educators sharing the storied traditions of Indian culture and Indian classical music. European and American composers have been drawing on India’s vibrant musical language and engrossing formal structures for well over a century so we are delighted to be able to now share some of this incredible music and the musicians who make it come alive.”

You can watch the concert on the orchestra’s official website.