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HH Sheikha Moza attends 10-year anniversary concert of Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra
Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation (QF), today attended the 10-Year Anniversary Concert of Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra at Qatar National Convention Centre.
The gala concert was also attended by the former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the State of Qatar His Excellency Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor Al Thani and Her Excellency Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, Vice Chairperson and CEO of QF, as well as other dignitaries.
Renowned conductor Dmitrij Kitajenko was the Conductor of Honor at the anniversary concert, which featured international guest artists such as Moslem Rahal on nay, Charbel Rouhana on oud, Feras Charestan on qanun, Mohamad Osman on bouzouq, and George Oro on tabla. With an almost identical program to Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra’s inaugural concert, which was conducted by Loren Maazel, the evening included performances of Maurice Ravel’s Bolero and Marcel Khalifé’s Arabian Concerto.
Established over a decade ago by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, the orchestra – a member of QF – strives to advance the promotion of Middle East composers, with an integral part of its work including hosting new and established composers, soloists, and conductors from the Arab world.
Some of the orchestra’s musicians are passing their love of music to a younger generation, who can learn both Arabic and Western musical instruments through Qatar Music Academy, a member of QF.