Festival blends Eastern, Western music at Verona High School

VERONA, Wis. — Eastern and Western music came together on Sunday at Verona High School.

The school hosted the Swati Tirunal-Mendelssohn Festival, celebrating the works of composers Swati Tirunal and Felix Mendelssohn. Organizers said the festival helps keep the music of the long-dead composers alive.

“We are trying to celebrate their works,” composer Chitravina Ravikiran said. “Trying to bring together diverse audiences using these two composers as a bridge between two cultures, the eastern and western culture.”

Tirunal was the Maharaja of Travancore, modern day Kerala. He lived from 1813 to 1846 and is credited with over 400 compositions in multiple languages.

Mendelssohn was a German composer who lived from 1809 to 1847. He wrote several famous pieces of music including “Wedding March” and the melody for “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.”