30 Aug
Artist-In-Residence Vijay Gupta Leads the Darshan Trio in the Opening of the Music Worcester 2023-2024 Season (Worcester, MA.)

Music Worcester


Artist-In-Residence VIJAY GUPTA 

Leading the DARSHAN TRIO 

in the Opening of the 2023-2024 Season

165th Season has 20 Genre-Spanning Performances planned for 2023-24 


September 23, 2023 at 8:00pm

Tuckerman Hall, 10 Tuckerman St, Worcester, MA. 01609 


Tickets and information are available at musicworcester.org.

Subscription packages for three or more events, along with single tickets, are on sale at musicworcester.org.

Celebrating its 165th Season of presenting world class performing arts to Central Massachusetts, MUSIC WORCESTER's genre-spanning schedule features more than 20 different events, from classical works old and new, to jazz, Celtic, spiritual, and more. 

MUSIC WORCESTER's Executive Director Adrien Finlay promises “an incredibly exciting, wide-ranging roster of talent for the 2023-24 Season, one that welcomes acclaimed artists making their Worcester debuts, as well as others returning to delight our audiences as beloved friends.”    

(Photo: THE DARSHAN TRIO: Violinist VIJAY GUPTA, pianist DOMINIC CHELI and cellist YOSHIKA MASUDAPhoto Credit 12/34 Lab)

MUSIC WORCESTER's 2023 Artist-in-Residence, violinist VIJAY GUPTAkicks-off its 166th season September 23rd in concert with his DARSHAN TRIO and dancer YAMINI KALLURI, continuing his residency with performances and collaborations with local non-profits established earlier in the year.  

THE DARSHAN TRIO, with violinist GUPTA, cellist YOSHIKA MASUDA and pianist DOMINIC CHELI, draws its name from the Hindu word darshan meaning “sight, vision, a beholding of a sacred object, and the sacred within.”  

GUPTA said the program on September 23rd is “A concert that juxtaposes eclectic movements against each other, revealing their inherent similarities, evoking new discoveries - and creating new ways of seeing, hearing, and experiencing the relationships between music across time, culture, and composition.”  

Titled "SEE YOURSELF," the concert will include Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 1 Opus 49 – I. Molto Allegro Agitato; Ludwig van Beethoven’s  Piano Trio Opus 97 “Archduke” – III. Andante cantabile, ma però con moto; Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks’ Episodi e Canto Perpetuo (1985) – VI. Burlesca II; selections from Robert Schumann’s Kinderszenen; Johannes Brahms’ Piano Trio No. 1 Opus 8; and Clara Schumann’s Piano Trio in G minor, Opus 17, III – Andante – più animato. ”

(Photo: VIJAY GUPTA and YAMINI KALLURI. Photo Credit Jullian Valadares)

Featured on the program will be Reena Esmail’s 2017 composition Saans (Breath), with movement created and performed by dancer/choreographer YAMINI KALLURI.  

YAMINI KALLURI is trained as a classical Indian dancer in Kuchipudi dance/performance style, as well as in the Martha Graham school of avant-garde ballet.  

KALLURI returns November 10 to lead her Kritya Dance Company in performance with The Worcester Chorus, CONCORA (the Hartford-based professional chorus) and VIJAY GUPTA in his final concert as Music Worcester’s Artist in Residence

As 2023’s Artist in Residence, VIJAY GUPTA has delivered a series of recitals and performances throughout the year, including collaborative presentations with The Worcester Chorus, Worcester Youth Orchestra, OpperTUNEity, and The Worcester County Jail and House of Corrections.  

In addition, this fall, he will participate in outreach in local middle and high schools, masterclass opportunities for college students, and coaching for young artists.  

VIJAY GUPTA is the founder and Artistic Director of Street Symphony, a community of musicians creating spaces of connection for people in reentry from homelessness, addiction, and incarceration in Los Angeles

GUPTA is also a co-founder of the Skid Row Arts Alliance, a consortium dedicated to creating art for – and with – the largest homeless community in America

For his work in “bringing beauty, respite, and purpose to those all too often ignored by society,” VIJAY GUPTA was the recipient of a 2018 MacArthur Fellowship.   .

Tickets and information on these and all Music Worcester events can be found at musicworcester.org.

The Complete Music Worcester 2023-2024 Season

(All events subject to change)

Darshan Trio: See Yourself Vijay Gupta, violin; Dominic Cheli, piano; & Yoshika Masuda, cello Exploring pairings of composers: Esmail & Mendelssohn, Pärt & Beethoven, Couperin & Ravel. Saturday, 9/23/2023 at 8PM Tuckerman Hall   

Gavilán Brothers Documentary Viewing & Recital Aldo López-Gavilán, violin & Ilmar Gavilán, piano Recital and showing of the 2020 film Los Hermanos, detailing the brothers’ start in Cuba to their international careers. Sunday, 10/15/2023 at 4PM St. John’s High School   

Avi Avital, mandolin & Hanzhi Wang, accordion Kreisler Praeludium and Allegro, Mozart Sonata No. 21, De Falla Danse Espagnole No. 1,  Villa-Lobos Bachiana Brasilieras No. 5, Saint-Saens Intro/Rondo Capriccioso. Sunday, 10/22/2023 at 4PM  BrickBox Theater at JMAC   

The Knights Orchestra Chris Thile, mandolin & vocals Caroline Shaw Is a Rose: And So, Thile New Work for Mandolin & Orch, Dvorak Quartet No. 12, "American,” Bach Double Violin Concerto, Chris Thile & Colin Jacobsen, soloists. Friday, 10/27/2023 at 8PM Mechanics Hall   

Lucerne Festival Orchestra Midori, violin Daniel Dodds, conductor Honegger  Pastorale d/été, Schumann Violin Concerto, Beethoven Romance in F Major, Beethoven Symphony No. 4. Friday, 11/3/2023 at 8PM  Mechanics Hall   

This Love Between Us Worcester Chorus & CONCORA Chris Shepard, Artistic Director,  Vijay Gupta, violin, Kritya Dance Ensemble. Reena Esmail This Love Between Us, Bach Sinfonia in D & Magnificat.    Friday, 11/10/2023 at 8PM Mechanics Hall   

Handel Messiah Worcester Chorus Chris Shepard, Artistic Director. Saturday, 12/2/2023 at 8PM Mechanics Hall   

Holiday Concert Worceseter Chorus Women’s Ensemble Mark Mummert, Artistic Director Sunday, 12/17/2023 at 4PM  Trinity Lutheran Church   

Tchaikovsky, Paganini, & Gershwin  Andrew Armstrong, piano; Kevin Zhu violin, Jan Vogler cello.  Bach Cello Suite No. 1, Paganini Caprices for Violin, Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue, Tchaikovsky Piano Trio in A Minor.  Wednesday, 1/24/2024 at 7:30PM  BrickBox Theater at JMAC   

National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine Volodymyr Sirenko, conductor Volodymyr Vynnytsky, piano.  Berezovsky Ukrainian Symphony, Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No 2, Dvorak Symphony No 8  Friday, 2/9/2024 at 8PM Mechanics Hall   

Voces8 A cappella sensation and 2023 Grammy-nominated ensemble. Saturday, 2/10/2024 at 8PM Mechanics Hall   

Jeanine De Bique, Soprano & Warren Jones, piano. Program to feature songs/lieder by Benjamin Britten, Hugo Wolf, H.T. Burleigh, & others, as well as Caribbean folk songs. Friday, 2/23/2024 at 8PM Curtis Performance Hall   

Voices of Eternal Light The Worcester Chorus & Worcester Chorus Women’s Ensemble   Haugen Anne Frank: A Living Voice, Lauridsen Lux Aeterna. Sunday, 2/25/2024 at 4PM  First Baptist Church   

Mnozil Brass Friday, 3/1/2024 at 8PM Mechanics Hall   

Orchestre Métropolitain Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor Tony Siqi Yun, piano  Cris Derksen new commission, Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2, Sibelius Symphony No. 2 in D Major.  Sunday, 3/3/2024 at 4PM Mechanics Hall   

Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy Saturday, 3/9/2024 at 8PM  The Hanover Theatre   

American Spiritual Ensemble Saturday, 4/6/2024 at 8:00PM Curtis Performance Hall   

Bach B Minor Mass The Worcester Chorus Chris Shepard, Artistic Director Orchestra of Emmanuel Music Sunday, 5/5/2024 at 4PM Mechanics Hall   

Marc-Andre Hamelin Ives Second Piano Sonata "Concord," Schumann "Forest Scenes", Ravel Gaspard de la nuit  Thursday, 5/9/2024 at 7:30PM Mechanics Hall   

Tessa Lark, violin/fiddle & Frank Vignola, guitar Classical meets jazz. Friday, 5/18/2024 at 8PM Tuckerman Hall

Tickets and information on these and all Music Worcester events can be found at musicworcester.org.


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MUSIC WORCESTER, INC originally known as the Worcester County Music Association, for years ran the Worcester Music Festival. Current programs reflect the merger in the mid-1990s of the Festival with the International Artists Series and the MA Jazz Festival. Performances regularly include visiting orchestras and guest soloists, chamber music ensembles and ballet companies, world music and jazz groups, and choral masterworks. Multiple educational programs currently serve youth and families of greater Worcester: masterclasses by visiting artists, Tickets to Opportunity, Festival Singers, in-schools residencies, and the Artist-in-Residency program currently led by violinist Vijay Gupta. Integral to MUSIC WORCESTER's annual operations, The Worcester Chorus has been part of the organization since the very first concert season in 1858.


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