Six bright musicians under the age of 18 sang sopranos and played classics by Beethoven, Mozart and more with ease. The Young Artists – Anu Immanuel Carlos, Earl Joseph, Malavika Shankar, Lydian Nadhaswaram, Amirtha Varshini & Yazhini. Mr Immanuel Thiyakeswaran on the piano and Swetha Suresh, world whistling champion. Concert presented by the MMA on April 6, 2018 at the Museum Theatre, Egmore.

Lydian Nadhaswaram was one of the six musical prodigies who performed at the Museum Theatre held in celebration of the completion of 125 years of Madras Musical Association. Nadhaswaram’s elder sister, 15-year old Amrithavarshini played the allegro movement of WA Mozart’s popular Serenade no. 13 on flute, among other pieces. The two even performed a duet in the end- Ilaiyaraaja’s ‘Do Anything’, giving the night its only Indian element.

Looking quite like the Broadway Baby she sang about, 16-year old Yazhini has performed at 3,000 stage shows in over seven countries. Yazhini doesn’t just sing, she puts on a show: emoting as much with her face as she does with her voice. Her counterpart, 17-year-old Malavika Shankar, dreams of being an opera singer. Shankar clearly loves to be challenged; her performance includes Mozart’s fiendish Queen of the Night and J Offenbach’s tour de force Les Oiseaux Dans, both widely recognised to be few of the toughest sopranos to perform.

After hearing 17-year old Earl Joseph play an evocative Concerto No. 3 in G major by Mozart, it is surprising to learn he resented having to learn to play a violin as a child. On the classical guitar was 17-year old Abu Immanuel, playing strumming a haunting rendition of the intricate ‘Asturias’ by Isaac Albeniz, briefly transporting the audience to the bylanes of Barcelona. Immanuel, who aspires to be a composer or conductor someday, also performed an original piece: ‘The Spanish Tango’.