The Music of AR Rahman – a gala concert in Melbourne in February 2017


In an Asia TOPA exclusive and in partnership with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and CHARINDAA, Arts Centre Melbourne presents The Music of AR Rahman – a one night gala concert event at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl on Thursday 16 February 2017 performed by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with the superstar himself as special guest performer.

Described as the world’s most prominent and prolific film composer by Time Magazine, AR Rahman is an Indian composer, singer, songwriter, record producer, musician, and philanthropist. His works are best known for fusing the delicate intricacy of eastern classical composition with the innovations of electronic music and the majesty of traditional orchestral arrangements.

AR Rahman has won two Academy Awards (including for Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire for Best Original Song), two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, and a Golden Globe and is one of the highest paid composers of the motion picture industry. He has also become a notable humanitarian and philanthropist, donating and raising money for beneficial causes and supporting numerous charities.

The Music of AR Rahman celebrates his incredible contribution to the world of film music. It is led by AR Rahman’s long term collaborator UK Conductor Matt Dunkley, with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra performing AR Rahman’s compositions. The orchestra will be joined by international guest soloists S.Navin on flute and Asad Khan on sitar, as well as vocal soloists and the 30-voice Melbourne Symphony Orchestra chorus. AR Rahman will take to the stage as Special Guest, which will be his only appearance in Australia.

The rich concert repertoire consists of blockbuster hits from the composer’s collection, expect to hear a selection of his greatest moments in film composition such as Cry of Rose from Roja, Chan Chan from Water, Theme from LagaanBombay Theme from Bombay, Changing Seasons, Mangal Pandey: The Rising SuiteSlumdog Millionaire Suite, 127 Hours Suite, and the very popularJai Ho!. Compositions have been specially arranged for this big orchestra event.

“In India, a country of a billion inhabitants, where film and pop music are one, A.R. Rahman, 43, dominates the music industry so totally that he has supplied the sound track for a whole generation. He enjoys the godlike devotion of India’s youth, but everyone from the street child who sweeps train platforms to the middle-aged doctor in Mumbai’s posh Malabar Hill hums his tunes.” – Time Magazine

“Rahman has sold 200 million albums worldwide — more than the Beatles — and is worshipped throughout much of Asia, where he’s known as the Mozart of Madras.”CNN

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