13 Oct 2017 - 0:35
Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra concert tomorrow
By Raynald C Rivera / The Peninsula
Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra is all set for the staging of its much-awaited concert featuring music by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, and De Falla tomorrow at the Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC). In its 10th season, the 101-piece orchestra will regale the audience with its rendition of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in C Major, Op. 48.
Tchaikovsky was a major Russian composer of the late 19th century and one of the great symphonists of his generation. He composed some of the most popular themes in all of classical music. His Serenade for Strings in C Major, Op. 48, is undoubtedly the most popular serenade for strings which has remained among the most frequently performed of his music.
The orchestra has prepared an exciting repertoire teeming with exciting masterpieces including Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26 and Manuel de Falla: Suite No. 2 from The Three-Cornered Hat.
A piano prodigy, Prokofiev became acclaimed as composer and pianist whose style combines harmony — sometimes dissonance — with polyphony and rhythmic drive. Built of violent contrasts and animated with vivid sensitivity and profound sense of melody, his music stands among the best productions of the first half of the 20th century. He wrote five concertos for piano and orchestra, of which the Third Concerto is the most successful and the most frequently performed.
Manuel de Falla was a Spanish composer who opened a new path in the history of Spanish music by blending popular themes and influences from Debussy and Ravel. He wrote vocal and incidental music as well as orchestral, chamber and piano music.
He originally started composing El sombrero de trespicos (The Three-Cornered Hat) in 1916 as music for a pantomime. The ballet’s particular blend allied classicism, modernism and Spanish character in the music, scenery and choreography. It included Andalusian folk music and examples of traditional Spanish dances.
Qatar Philharmonic will perform under the baton of conductor of honor, Dmitrij Kitajenko for tomorrow’s concert which features Irena Gulzarova (pictured) on piano.
Considered one of the great conductors of our time, Kitajenko is equally esteemed in eastern and western Europe. He regularly conducts prestigious orchestras like the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. In September 2015, he was named Conductor of Honor of the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra.
Gulzarova is one of the outstanding representatives of her generation regularly praised for her warm sensitive interpretations and delicate intuition. This multi-awarded artist combines her virtuoso technique with great refinement and magnetic stage presence.
The concert is scheduled at 7.30pm tomorrow at QNCC Auditorium 3. The tickets range from QR125 to QR1,000. You can buy the tickets online here