Qatar-USA 2021 12 months of Tradition live performance enthralls viewers
17 Jan 2021 – 10:00
The Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra acknowledges the ovation from the viewers on the finish of the Qatar-USA 2021 12 months of Tradition opening live performance at Katara Opera Home yesterday. Pic: Raynald C Rivera / The Peninsula
Doha: The Qatar-USA 2021 12 months of Tradition’s first public occasion marked a becoming begin to the cultural yr with the musical collaboration between the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra (QPO) and the US Air Forces Central Band (AFCENT Band) symbolising concord and friendship that exist between the 2 nations.
The opening live performance witnessed a various repertoire comprising American classics and works by Qatari composers.
The present took off with the AFCENT Band’s rendition of “Take Me Residence, Nation Roads” recorded by the late prolific American singer-songwriter John Denver. A global staple, the long-lasting American traditional aroused a sense of nostalgia amongst these current on the present with the music’s common theme of residence.
It was adopted by the world premiere of “Rising” — a video collaboration between Qatari singer-songwriter Dana Al Fardan, the AFCENT Band and the Qatar Live performance Choir specifically made for the 12 months of Tradition.
Led by lately appointed QPO concertmaster Joo Younger Oh, the orchestra performed Qatari and American items beginning off with “Fanfare for the Frequent Man” composed by Aaron Copland. In keeping with Copland, the title got here from a speech by vice-president Henry A. Wallace who had acknowledged that the post-war century “can and should be the century of the widespread man.”
The orchestra performed well-known American songs from the stage to the display screen together with “Porgy and Bess Suite” from an English-language opera by George Gershwin, “Tonight” by Leonard Bernstein from the musical “West Aspect Story” and “My Coronary heart Will Go On” James Horner from the blockbuster movie “Titanic” amongst others.
“Spirit of Thunder” by Dana Al Fardan and “Al – Haneen” by Nasser Sahim Nasseb had been among the many Qatari compositions carried out by the Orchestra through the hour-long live performance.
The well-applauded present noticed the QPO give the viewers a deal with with an encore the place they carried out the favored “E.T.: The Further-Terrestrial” theme composed by John Williams.
The live performance was the primary public occasion in Qatar of the year-long celebration anticipated to be full of specifically curated exhibitions, festivals, bilateral exchanges, and occasions to be held in Qatar and the US.
The Qatar-USA 2021 12 months of Tradition is aimed toward enhancing cultural and creative change and exemplifies the renewed dedication of the 2 nations to foster mutual understanding and promote intercultural dialogue.
The 12 months of Tradition programme was launched 9 years in the past with Qatar-Japan 2012 adopted by Qatar-UK 2013, Qatar-Brazil 2014, Qatar-Turkey 2015, Qatar-China 2016, Qatar-Germany 2017, Qatar-Russia 2018, Qatar-India 2019, and Qatar-France 2020.