Qatar Germany 2017 Year of Culture offers special musical highlights

 08 Nov 2017 - 11:11

Qatar Germany 2017 Year of Culture offers special musical highlights
Das Boot performance

The Peninsula

Two concerts with German compositions conclude the successful cooperation of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra during Qatar Germany 2017 Year of Culture. 

This month, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region wrap up a successful cooperation with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra in the Qatar Germany 2017 Year of Culture. 

After the official launch of Qatar Germany Year of Culture at the Katara Opera House on  February 1, 2017 with a concert by the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, directed by the German conductor David Niemann and with a performance by the renowned German piano soloist Gerhard Oppitz, the German institutions joined forces with Qatar Foundation’s orchestra several times throughout the year. 

Together with the Doha Film Institute two film concerts of German film classics of the silent film era were realised: the world’s first horror movie “The Cabinet of Dr Caligari” in May and the world’s first sci-fi movie “Metropolis” in the “Symphony of film” series in September. A chamber music concert at the Museum of Islamic Art with a programme of works by Qatari and German composers alike marked the calendar in April 2017. 

German Ambassador Hans-Udo Muzel is delighted about the good cooperation with Qatar’s great orchestra. “For Qatar Germany 2017 Year of Culture we offer to the public another time various examples from the rich history of German music, namely Baroque music in one concert and music from German films and TV serials in the other one.”

As part of the monthly chamber music concert series hosted by the Museum of Islamic Art the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra offers a chamber music concert on 9 November. Works of German composers Georg Philipp Telemann and Johann Sebastian Bach will be performed along with works of American composer Steve Reich by a quartet of wind instruments.

Another very special musical highlight is the German film music concert “Das Boot and other German Films” on November 24, 2017 that concludes the cooperation between the German Embassy and the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region with Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra for Qatar Germany 2017. The concert invites the audience to embark on a journey through German film and TV history by listening to renowned German tunes from popular TV shows and film classics alike. 

Kurt Meister, executive director of the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, is very pleased to bring a sampling of the richness of German musical culture to Qatar’s audiences. “Just in these two concerts, Doha residents can hear the Baroque music of Bach and Telemann, popular musical culture from Weimar culture in songs for Marlene Dietrich, and the variety of contemporary film compositions in Germany.”

The classical concert at the Museum of Islamic Art is not ticketed. Tickets for the film music concert can be purchased via the website of Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra: http://qatarphilharmonicorchestra.org 

Qatar Germany 2017 Year of Culture is a yearlong program designed to deepen understanding between nations through the mutual exchange of arts, culture, heritage and sport, developed by Qatar Museums in partnership with the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region, the German Embassy in Doha and the Embassy of Qatar in Germany.