The opening night of Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra’s (QPO’s) 2012-13 season had a strong international flavor, setting the scene for the many concerts that will be presented in the months ahead. Music featured included two pieces by Russian composers, a soloist from Greece and a short composition by Egyptian Gamal Abdel-Rahim.
The rich and varied program was performed by QPO’s highly accomplished multinational ensemble in front of a capacity audience at the Opera House at Katara Cultural Village.
At the center of the first event of the new season was a performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No.2 in C Minor for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 18, a popular and evocative piece for which the orchestra was joined by world-renowned pianist Dimitris Sgouros. Sgouros held the audience’s attention with his complex, yet deft, fingerwork throughout the three movements: Moderato, Adagio sostenuto and Allegro scherzando.
Ahead of that, those assembled were treated to Abdel-Rahim’s Jubilant Dance, an example of how the QPO is able to knit together the conventional sound of a philharmonic orchestra with Arabic music composition and instrumentation, with the Opera House resonating to the rhythms of the Arabic drum.
The program was completed by a full performance of Russian Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.5 in E Minor, Opus 64. Future QPO concerts of the 2012-13 season, which runs until the end of June 2013, will continue to showcase Eastern and Western music styles and compositions.
For details of upcoming concerts, go to qatarphilharmonicorchestra.org