An Arabic-Baltic Spring - AFAC Brings Arab Composers to Perform With the Grammy Award Winning Kremerata Baltica Chamber Orchestra - May 3rd & May 4th at the Esterházy Palace, Eisenstadt, Austria
30 Apr, 2012, 04:30 ET
TALLINN, Estonia, April 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC), in collaboration with the Kremerata Baltica chamber orchestra and the Esterházy Foundation, is offering a unique Arabic-Baltic contemporary classical music concert in an "unlikely partnership" that brings together distant communities and promises to be an enriching experience.
In AFAC's efforts to promote Arab artists and to give visibility for talent from the Arab world, to facilitate cross-cultural exchange and create room for creative experimentation, two concerts will be performed in collaboration with the award-winning Baltic chamber orchestra, the Kremerata Baltica, and its founder, renowned violinist Maestro Gidon Kremer. Known as "the greatest violinist alive today", Maestro Gidon Kremer's enthusiasm to explore with AFAC the possibilities of a collaboration with musicians and composers from the Arab region has gone a long way in bringing this project from idea to reality. The Esterházy Foundation has been an exciting catalyst for the making of this concert at its palatial music hall, the Haydnsaal, named after the prominent classical composer Joseph Haydn and designed for excellent acoustics.
Taking place on May 3rd and 4th 2012, this Arabic-Baltic spring concert will include classical and contemporary compositions from the Arab and Baltic regions including musical works by Armenian, Estonian, Egyptian, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Lebanese, Sudanese and Syrian composers. Nine musicians and composers from the Arab world will be represented: MAias Alyamani, Fadia El-Hage, Zaid Jabri, Zakar Keshishian, Joelle Khoury, Ali Osman, Mustafa Said, Mohammad Taha and Mahmoud Turkmani.
On the sidelines of this cross-cultural concert, a panel will be held at the University of Music in Vienna on the evening of May 2nd for an informal discussion about contemporary music and the challenges it faces. Touching on questions of identity, globalism and alienation, the title of the panel is "Contemporary Music: Between Heritage, Individualism and Dialogue - An Arab Perspective." The panel will be open to the public.
SOURCE Kremerata Baltica
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