The Chamber Music Society of Colombo was conceptualized in 1998 by a few musicians living in Sri Lanka. The Ensemble of the CMSC made its debut in January 2007 with a concert for the Sri Lankan President, Mahinda Rajapaksa; the CMSC's Artistic Director Lakshman Joseph De Saram writes music for films, has won several awards including the International Signis Award for most outstanding original music. The 24-piece ensemble performs without a conductor, its repertoire includes baroque and contemporary. The CMSC commissions new works from living composers. Works commissioned in this manner have led to three world premieres being performed by the ensemble: "Beyond the Horizon" by the late Premasiri Khemadasa, "Paths in the Forest" and "Dawn of Kandula", both by Stephen Allen; the Society started an "Emerging Artistes Program" in 2008, with a view to encouraging and educating gifted new artists. In March 2012, a collaboration with the Goethe Institute in Colombo began with an ongoing series entitled "Chamber Music Plus".
The 2009-2010 season was dedicated to presenting concerts and workshops celebrating the significant birth and death anniversaries of Henry Purcell, George Frideric Handel, Joseph Haydn, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. Partnering the CMSC was the Goethe Institute – Colombo and the German Embassy in Sri Lanka; the Society works with European diplomatic missions based in Colombo, including the Embassy of Norway and Rikskonsertene, to stage concerts relating to the music from those countries. In 2013, the society signed a memorandum of understanding with Fairway Holdings, to be its Premier Sponsor for 3 years, through to the 2016 season; the CMSC is a non-profit limited liability company registered under Sri Lanka's Companies Act No. 7 of 2007. It has a Council of Benefactors who offer both advisory and material support. Official Website Chamber Music Society of Colombo Andriessen, A. J.. "Enter the gladiators!" The Sunday Leader, The Sunday Leader Online Chandraratna, Ranga "A memorable evening with Page."
Sunday Observer, Spectrum Kurukulasuriya, Lasanda.. "Curtains up!" The Sunday Times, Plus, p. 9. Curtains up! Saddhammakitti Thero, Javahamsaka. "Soul stirring!" Lakbimanews Thilakarathne and Chandraratna, Ranga, "Enticing spell of classical music." Daily News, Artscope, p. 15. Artscope | Online edition of Daily News - Lakehouse Newspapers
Cyril Sieni was a Spanish Capuchin and missionary bishop. Sieni was born in Catalonia. In 1772 he was sent to New Orleans as vicar-general, by the Bishop of Santiago, Jose de Echeverria, within whose jurisdiction Louisiana was. Ecclesiastical and religious conditions were at that time unsatisfactory; the mission was in charge of some Capuchins. In the hope that a responsible episcopal authority would remove these obstacles, Father Cyril was made titular Bishop of Tricali, auxiliary of Santiago, his delegated ecclesiastical authority extended over the seventeen parishes and twenty-one priests found in the territory now included in the States of Louisiana, Alabama and those bordering on the western bank of the Mississippi as far as the Missouri River. In 1772 he sent to St. Louis a hamlet of about two hundred inhabitants, its second pastor, Father Valentine, he sent resident pastors to Pensacola and St. Augustine, Florida. During his administration, several Irish clergymen were sent to Bishop Sieni by Charles III of Spain, to minister to the religious needs of the English-speaking Catholics.
In 1788 New Orleans was swept by a great conflagration, on which occasion the brick church of the city perished. He failed to restore ecclesiastical discipline, displeased both Charles III and Trespalacios, Bishop of Havana, to whose care the mission was committed since 1787. A royal order banished him to his native province. In 1799 he was still in Havana on his way to Spain. Hostile writers of his own day, followed by some modern historians, depict him in harsh colours. Bachiller y Morales, A puntes. Catholic Encyclopedia article This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Herbermann, Charles, ed.. "article name needed". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton