Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra to perform ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’

 09 Feb 2018 - 1:43

Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra to perform ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’
Dmitrij Kitajenko.

By Raynald C Rivera / The Peninsula

DOHA: Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra is all set for yet another bravura performance, this time playing music inspired by poetry and paintings featuring award-winning German pianist Christopher Park under the baton of world-renowned Russian maestro Dmitrij Kitajenko.
To be staged at the majestic Katara Opera House, “Pictures at an Exhibition” will shine the spotlight on three great composers of the classical and romantic eras including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Paul Dukas and Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky.
The concert opens with “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” by Dukas –a well-known French composer, music critic and professor of composition whose fame rests on this single orchestral work inspired by one of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s most famous poems of the same title.
It will be followed by Mozart’s last “Piano Concerto No. 27 in B Flat Major, KV 595” he completed three weeks before his 35th birthday, and exactly 11 months before his death.  Largely lyrical,  is said to be the most deeply personal of all the concertos of this musical genius who started his career as a composer at a tender age and whose life ended far too soon.
The show climaxes  with Mussorgsky’s piano suite Pictures at an Exhibition, inspired by the death of his friend Victor Hartmann. He took his inspiration from paintings and watercolours by artist-architect Hartmann which were exhibited at the Academy of Fine Arts in St Petersburg in 1874.
Park is expected to captivate the audience with his ‘fascinating technical mastery, astounding musical maturity, and a particularly intense performance style’ as he was described by the jury by the Stiftung Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival upon winning the renowned Leonard Bernstein Award 2014, in which he joins the ranks of noteworthy musicians such as Lang Lang, Lisa Batiashvili and Martin Grubinger, who all started their careers with this internationally sought-after award.
Named Qatar Philharmonic’s Conductor of Honor in 2015, Kitajenko is one of the great conductors of our time equally esteemed in eastern and western Europe. He regularly conducts prestigious orchestras like the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra London and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.  
Tomorrow’s concert is one of Qatar Philharmonic’s fascinating shows lined up for this month starting with last night’s chamber music concert at Museum of Islamic Art featuring compositions of Antonio Vivaldi and Johann Sebastian Bach.
Other shows this month include “Philharmonic at the Library: Flute with Strings” on February 15 at Qatar National Library, “Kitajenko Conducts Shostakovich 10” on February 17 at Katara Opera House featuring German cellist Daniel Mueller-Schott, and the critically acclaimed “Video Games Live 2018” which returns to Doha for the third time at Qatar National Convention Centre on February 23.
Tickets for “Pictures at an Exhibition” concert are priced between QR75 to QR200 and are available at