BU Concert Features Western and Hindustani Music

For Immediate Release: January 18, 2018

BLOOMSBURG ­— Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania will host a free concert featuring classical western and Hindustani music on Thursday, Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall.

The program, titled “The Valley of the Bells,” will feature Bloomsburg piano professor Charisse Baldoria on piano and guest artist Sangeetha Michael, a Hindustani classical singer specializing in Kheya. Michael will also play the tampura, a long-necked string instrument and will be accompanied on the tabla by Murali Haran.

Piano selections will include Leopold Godowsky’s Boro Budur in Moonlight, The Ruined Water Castla at Djokja, and The Bromo Volcano and the Sand Sea at Daybreak, which was inspired by his travels in the island of Java in 1923. Baldoria will also perform Ravel’s The Valley of the Bells and Armenian composer Hovhaness’ Two Ghazals, which is based on the Persian poetic form.

Dating back to more than 2,500 years, Hindustani (north Indian) classical music originated from vedic chants or spiritual recitations in the early form of Hinduism. Sangeetha’s program presents Raag Hansadhvani (early night raag) and includes a Chota Kheyal (short idea or imagination), a Tarana (a vocal composition related to Kheyal), and the popular contemporary song Vellai Pookal (composed by A.R Rehman) from the film kannathil muthamittal where guitarist David Falacko will join them.

Baldoria is an international prizewinning pianist in her sixth year at Bloomsburg. A former Fulbright scholar from the Philippines, she has performed on five continents and explores the intersections of eastern and western cultures in piano music. She has performed on WVIA and in numerous venues Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Dallas, Selinsgrove, Nazareth, and Bethlehem.

Sangeetha Michael is a teacher, composer, performer and director of Hindustani music concerts. Hailing from a popular music family in Sri Lanka, her performances have been broadcast on Indian and Sri Lankan national radio and TV. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Hindustani classical vocal music under a Government of India full scholarship, studying Khyal, Dhrupad and Dhamar styles, with minors in Sitar and Tabla. Trained as a pianist, she also teaches piano in Lewisburg.

Murali Haran studied tabla with Shri Manohar Gokhale in Delhi, India and Vancouver tabla player Sunny Matharu, of the Punjab gharana style. He is a statistics professor at Penn State University.

David Falacko, a guitar performance major at BU, was a scholarship student at London’s Royal College of Music last summer and has studied with Matthew Slotkin, Gary Ryan, Matt Palmer and Declan Zapala. He has performed at a number of classical guitar festivals.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,600 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.