Tabla Concerto – Dinuk Wijeratne

Creator: Dinuk Wijeratne

Nominator: Bernhard Gueller

Seconders: Christos Hatzis, Karl Falkenham

The Tabla Concerto (2011) is the first full length Tabla Concerto for tabla and full Western classical Symphony Orchestra. The world premiere performance took place on February 9, 2012 at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in Halifax at a concert produced by Symphony Nova Scotia conducted by SNS Music Director, Bernhard Gueller and featured tabla soloist,  Ed Hanley. It’s a fusion of Eastern and Western musical styles. Commisioned by Symphony Nova scotia and the Nova Scotia  Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage it was composed in three distinct movements (1. Canons, Circles; 2. Folk Song  “White in the moon the long road lies (that leads me from my love”; 3. Garland of Gems) that allowed each musical entity in the composer’s words “to preserve its own aesthetic”. It was recorded and received its broadcast premiere on CBC RADIO TWO on June 9. 2012.