Posted on March 11, 2012

The American School of Doha hosted recently the second concert marking this season’s highly acclaimed Chamber Music Series sponsored by IBQ.

A performance that enthralled scores of music enthusiasts, the concert, “The Love Triangle”, was presented by some of Qatar’s best musicians and paid tribute to a story which has kept many a music lover around the world pondering its essence.

The chamber works of three great composers, Clara Schumann songs, Robert Schumann, violin and piano sonata in a-minor and Johannes Brahms, piano quintet in f-minor were performed by vocalist Anna Dietrich, violinists Eugene Bold, Dmitri Torchinsky and Julia Korodi, violist Andrea Mereutza, cellist Ivaylo Daskalov and pianist Sonja Park.

Under the annual sponsorship of IBQ, The Friends of ASD Chamber Music Series is an exceptional musical event which has been gaining increasing exposure, scope and acclaim year on year as a result of the partnership with the bank. The series brings together some of the most celebrated global classical artists and casts the limelight on a palette of existing talent in Qatar, in order to present its audience with the finest musical pieces from across the globe.  The Chamber’s first concert for the season hosted world-famous The King’s Singers who gave a stellar performance to a music-eager audience.

George Nasra, Managing Director of IBQ said: “The ASD Chamber Music Series are Qatar’s most prestigious musical and cultural event. It brings home a plethora of the world’s most recognized classical work to be performed in front of a very seasoned audience. We’re very proud of our partnership with the ASD which has helped see this initiative move from one success to another each year. It also embodies the approach we embrace for the better of our community, an approach which we rigidly adhere to stemming from our firm belief in our role as a vanguard of social responsibility.”

Clara Schumann was a German musician and composer, considered one of the most distinguished pianists of the Romantic era. She exerted her influence over a 61-year concert career, changing the format and repertoire of the piano recital and the tastes of the listening public. Her husband was the composer Robert Schumann. She and her husband encouraged Johannes Brahms, and she was the first pianist to give public performances of some of Brahms' works, notably the Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel. 

Dmitri Torchinsky - Artistic Director of the series said: “To be a part of the rapidly developing cultural scene in Qatar is both a pleasure and honor. We are extremely happy and thankful to be collaborating on this with the IBQ.”

The association of IBQ with the ASD Chamber Music Series falls in-line with the bank’s commitment to promote culture in all its facets. With Corporate Social Responsibility topping the bank’s agenda, IBQ has been committed to spearhead or sponsor a series of events that serve the purpose of awareness and education and has therefore reached out to various organizations across the country to achieve this objective.

IBQ has been closely linked to initiatives and activities championed by both the national and the expatriate communities in Doha and to name a few, it has partnered with, for instance, the Qatar Traffic Department to spread road awareness as part of their Schools without Accidents campaign; the Lycee Bonaparte French school in Qatar to sponsor their Oryx football team; the ICC-One Toastmasters to sponsor their yearly Communicator’s Awards and Indian Republic Day and the Pakistani Women Association to sponsor Pakistan’s most important cultural celebration the Basant Mela.

ASD’s Chamber Music Series third concert is slated for April 2012 with more information available on http://www.asdchambermusic.com/

The 2011-2012 season will include six concerts running from November this year and culminating in a Grand Finale in May 2012.

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