QPO announces musical soiree to celebrate Eid al-Fitr
May 24 2020 01:41 AM
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Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra (QPO) has announced that it will kick off its Eid celebration programme by releasing daily videos of their performance of ‘Peter and the Wolf’, a famous symphonic fairytale written by Sergei Prokofiev in 1936 for children.
The story of Peter and the Wolf is told by a narrator, with the orchestra musically illustrating the events that unfold for the audience.
The piece is one of Prokofiev’s most popular works, and one of the most frequently performed works of all classical repertoire, QPO has said in a statement.
The Philharmonic’s version of the piece will appeal to children from all nationalities, with Arabic narration provided by Hussain Abdulhabib al-Jahwashi, the statement notes.
The piece is conducted by Renchang Fu and will also include English subtitles for non-Arabic speakers.
The presentation features performances from the Shadow Theatre (created by Tamara and Swetlana) and children’s paintings.
The entire story will span six consecutive days, with a video performance being released daily starting from the first day of Eid.
The second part of the Eid programme features a medley of well-known patriotic Qatari songs.
The performance includes rearranged traditional songs such as Eashi Ya Qatar, Aeeny Qatar and Ana Qatar.
Critically acclaimed Qatari artists such as Nasser Sahim, Bader Alrayes, Ghanim Shaheen, Khaled Salem and Aeal lend their talents to the performance.
The pieces have been arranged by Nasser Sahim and include performances from Qatar Music Academy, Qatar Academy students and musicians from the QPO.
Following the success of the balcony concert series that began before Ramadan, QPO musicians will once again perform famous musical symphonies from outside their homes all over Doha to celebrate Eid with their neighbours, the statement adds.
The performance will start on the first day of Eid at 8pm.
The Qatar Philharmonic had started a Concert on Demand Series over Ramadan to share past performances with the community daily.
The programme for the series over Eid will be as follows: 
Instrumental Music: Maurice Ravel, Bolero
Concerto: George Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue
Vocal-Instrumental Music: QPO musicians of various nationalities present their unique musical styles Popular: High Hopes by David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
Opera: Giuseppe Verdi — Aria ‘La Donna e mobile’ from opera Rigoletto.


The lineup:
1. A musical gift for children — Peter and the Wolf, Serge Prokoviev; 
2. A musical gift for the Qatari community — A medley of Qatari songs; 
3. A musical gift for everyone: Balcony Concert; 
4. A musical gift for all: Concert-on-demand series.



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