Akron Symphony Orchestra
Druk Fusion Band
Threatening skies gave way to a warm and somewhat humid evening at the Firestone Metro Park on Sunday evening of July 24, 2016. Several hundred people brought lawn chairs to sit in front of a large, portable stage for a concert by the Akron Symphony Orchestra (ASO). What made this concert special for Bhutanese Community Association of Akron (BCAA) members was that Puspa Gajmer and the Druk Fusion Band performed Ukali Orali Haruma, a traditional Nepali song arranged by Nati Kaji and Roger Zahab. It was an auspicious moment for musicians in the Akron refugee artistic community.
Many people brought chairs and blankets to enjoy an evening of light classical music of such pieces as Bernstein's Candide Overture, Bugler's Holiday by Leroy Anderson, the Andante and Hungarian Rondo by Weber (performed superbly by violist Aaron Mossburg), Espana by Chabrier, Dance of the Buffoons by Rimsky-Korsakov, and Procession of the Sardar by Ippolitov-Ivanov. Music excited ears and minds throughout a relaxing evening.
Puspa Gajmer and Christopher Wilkins began planning at the Nepali Kitchen months before the concert (see above).
On behalf of its members, BCAA would like to thank the City of Akron for sponsoring these concerts, Kyle Kutuchief of the Knight Foundation for suggesting such a cultural collaboration, Christopher Williams for bringing together the musical talents to make it happen, and Roger Zahab for attending rehearsals by the Druk Fusion Band and writing the orchestral arrangement.