Zubin Mehta last night conducted the Bavarian State Orchestra in the Shalimar Bagh, part of the historical Mughal Gardens of Srinagar. Some 2,000 guests heard Beethoven’s Leonore III Overture, Haydn’s trumpet concerto (soloist: Andreas Öttl), Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto (Julian Rachlin) and Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. The event was described as a peace concert. Not far away, police and militants exchanged grenade and small-arms fire. Several deaths are reported.
“I’ve waited my whole life for this moment,” said Mehta in a short speech before the concert. The performance opened with a work by Kashmir composer Abhey Sopori played by 15 musicians with members of the Bavarian State Orchestra. You can watch video of Zubin’s opening rrmarks and the Kashmiri work here.
photos (c) Christine Schneider/Bavarian State Orchestra