Posted on April 13, 2016

Qatar Music Academy (QMA) students and Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra (QPO) will perform together for the first time in a concert of Western and Arab classical music on 22nd April 2016. Part of QPO’s Festival of Music, the event will take place at 4.00pm at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC).

Students from QMA will play a range of instruments as orchestral players and soloists, from the violin and piano to the oud, nayand qanun.The performance will serve as an opportunity for the academy’s most exceptional students to showcase their talents and experience, playing alongside professional musicians. QMA is organised into two programmes of study, covering Arab and Western Music, and the concert will include recitals from both traditions. A student takht, the fundamental Arab music ensemble of five musicians, will perform compositions by Omar Farouk and Yassine Ayari, the Head of the Arab music department at QMA.

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The music has been arranged by the QPO’s principal viola player, Giovanni Pasini, who will also conduct the Western part of the programme. A combined orchestra of students and professionals will play sections of PyotrIlyich Tchaikovsky’s ‘Capriccio Italien’ and Johannes Brahms’ ‘Hungarian Dances’. Three student soloists will perform with the orchestra. Sebastian Tia will play Joseph Haydn’s ‘D Major’ piano concerto; David Sztankov will appear in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s ‘Third Horn’ concerto; and violinist Tricia Enlin Ng will play ‘Spring’ from Antonio Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’.

Both the QPO and QMA are members of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF). The collaboration reflects QF’s aspiration to contribute to a progressive society, and aims to enhance cultural life in Qatar by promoting unique artistic events. Tickets are available online for QR25 at qatarphilharmonicorchestra.organdmore information about this and other concerts can be found on the website.

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