Sunday, July 27, 2008

For the love of music

Press Release
The Palestine Youth Orchestra: Concert Tour July/ August 2008
Palestine, Jordan and Syria

The Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in Palestine is preparing for the concert tour of the Palestine Youth Orchestra by hosting a training camp for all its members from 16 to 26 July at its camp site, in Birzeit.
This summer’s event is carried out jointly with the Collegium Musicum Orchestra of the University of Bonn, Germany, under the leadership of Conductor Walter Mik, (born 1951) Academic Director of University of Bonn Symphony Orchestra since 1990 which consists of 100 musicians; He is also the Academic Director of Music at Bonn University. He has, during 15 years with this and other orchestras, held many concerts in more than twenty-five countries around the world including Egypt, South Africa, USA, Poland and Bulgaria.
Forty Palestinian musicians will join together with forty musicians from Germany, at the training camp in Birzeit in preparation for the concerts which will take place in Jerusalem on 27 July, part of the Jerusalem Festival organized by Yabous Productions; in Ramallah on 28 July, in cooperation with the Ramallah Municipality, part of the centennial celebrations; and in Haifa on 29 July in cooperation with Moussawa and Beit el Musica.
The PYO will then perform in Amman on 31 July; the concert is being organized in cooperation with Khaled Shuman Foundation/Darat al Funoun, and will be held at the Hussein Cultural Center, Amanat Amman. The tour will end in Damascus, and will perform on 2 August at Dar Al Assad /Opera House; the concert is organized in cooperation with the Syrian Ministry of Culture as part of the annual events, celebrating Damascus, Arab capital of culture.
The Palestine Youth Orchestra, a flagship of the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music, was established in 2004. It is a unique ensemble, bringing together young Palestinian musicians from Palestine and the Diaspora. Today the PYO is composed of about fifty five Palestinian youth between the age of 14 and 25 years, coming from Palestine, Jordan, Egypt, Syria and Europe, trained by Arab and international teachers.


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