13 Jan 2018 - 0:48
Music feast delights visitors at Katara
DOHA: The Cultural Village Foundation- Katara kicked off ‘Melodies at Katara’s Premises’ musical event on Thursday.
The event presents musical talents from all age groups and nationalities every weekend until the end of April around Katara Amphitheatre.
On Thursday, visitors enjoyed watching 12 musicians playing various instruments such as piano, violin, flute, drums, guitar and the oud.
Inaugurating the event, Katara General Manager, Dr. Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti said: “By hosting such events, Katara seeks to gather musical talents from different nationalities and age-groups to present their talents. The Cultural Village is the hub of all branches of creativity and arts. The event has been a big hit ever since its announcement, as a vast array of music enthusiasts, talents, professionals rushed to register to mark their presence in the music world.”
“Melodies at Katara’s Premises is an opportunity for participating musicians to exchange experiences, conduct and evaluate live interactions with the audiences. It is also a chance for Katara’s visitors to examine new musical talents as they will intend to find a pleasant and a delightful musical ambience,” he added.
Fatima Al Mansouri, one of the participants who is a student from Qatar Music Academy, said: “Six years ago, I chose to learn the violin and specialize in oriental melodies. Moreover, I’m thrilled to be one of the participants at Melodies at Katara’s premises, as it provides live-audience interaction and allows me to experience performing out of the theatre. In addition, I’m also present here today to shed light on Qatari musical talents.”
Another participant, Hala Al Emadi, who has been playing the piano for 10 years, said; “My passion for the piano arose when my parents gifted me the piano, as I was closely-attached to music and eagerly played music as soon as I heard the tones. After that I was trained by teachers at home and then began to practice and play with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra.”
Omar Al Yafei, a music teacher who plays the guitar, said; “I play many musical instruments but the guitar has a special place in my heart, and I create my own music that tends to combine the rhythms of samba, salsa and other Latin rhythms.”
The event also saw a group of children who grabbed the audience’s admiration as they played drums.