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Zakir Hussain

DECLASSIFIED: featuring Zakir Hussain with the National Symphony Orchestra

Friday, April 21, 2017 9:00 PM

DECLASSIFIED: Fridays at 9 with the NSO National Symphony Orchestra

Classical tabla virtuoso and international phenomenon Hussain performs his energetic concerto Peshkar with the NSO and is joined by santoor player Rahul Sharma for a unique world music duet.

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Classical tabla virtuoso and international phenomenon Zakir Hussain plays the North American premiere of his energetic concerto Peshkar with the NSO conducted by Cristian Macelaru. The program also features santoor player Rahul Sharma, who joins Hussain for a unique world music duet.  

The evening also includes a wide and worldly array of pre- and post-show entertainment. Arrive early for a 6 p.m. Millennium Stage raga concert with Brooklyn Raga Massive featuring pure classical ragas from India and contemporary adaptations in America. While standing on the shoulders of giants like Ravi Shankar and John Coltrane, BRM will present original visions of raga music, reflective of the group's experiences with communities and cultures from across the world.
Then, from 8:15 to 8:45 p.m., boundary-breaking Indian classical and jazz pianist Utsav Lal takes to the Millennium Stage, showcasing his unfailing clarity of technique and innovative raga handling alongside a musical creativity drawing from western classical, jazz and North Indian classical music.

Following the concert, the evening morphs into a dance party from 10:15 to 11:15 p.m. featuring a set by DJ Rekha accompanied by a live video mix by Robin Bell. Rooted in Hip Hop and dub, DJ Rekha's sets range from Brazilian baile funk to Balkan beats—and everything in between. She pioneered merging bhangra and Bollywood sounds with contemporary electronic dance music, and was named the "ambassador of bhangra" by The New York Times.

National Symphony Orchestra: DECLASSIFIED
These late-night Friday programs feature bold and boundary-breaking music, dynamic multimedia, exciting pre/post-concert performances and parties, and audience interaction. Plus, you can bring drinks and snacks into the Concert Hall.

Performance Timing: 85 minutes with no intermission

Program & Notes

Peshkar notes on the Tabla
The technique involved in playing the tabla is incredibly complex.

Watch and Listen

NSO: DECLASSIFIED Trailer (2016-2017)

Zakir Hussain: NSO Declassified Preview