Abu Ghazaleh Leads 2nd Meeting of Jordanian National Orchestra Association Board of Trustees

Under the patronage and attendance of Her Majesty Queen Noor Al Hussein, the Second Meeting of the Jordanian National Orchestra Association (JOrchestra)'s Board of Trustees was recently held under the leadership of HE Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh at the InterContinental Hotel.

Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh welcomed HM Queen Noor and HE Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Ms. Lina Annab, as well as other distinguished members of the private sector, headed by Mr. Yousef Nader (Vice Chairman of JOrchestra) and Mr. Fares M. Sayegh, CEO of Roya TV.

The Meeting was also attended by a host of ambassadors who honored the meeting with their presence including HE Ms. Alice G. Wells (USA), HE Mr. Giovanni Brauzzi (Italy), HE Mrs. Costanza Farina (UNESCO), HE Ms. Safia Al-Suhail (Iraq), HE Mr. David Bertolotti (France), HE Mr. Nicolae Comanescu (Romania), HE Mr. Venelin Dimitrov Lazarov (Bulgaria), The Charge D'Affairs of the Indonesian Embassy, HE Mr. Lee Bom-Yon (Korea), HE Mr. Santiago Ansorena (Spain), HE Mr. Enrique Rojo Stein (Mexico), HE Mr. Hans-Peter Lenz (Switzerland), HE Mr. Peter MacDougall (Canada), HE Mr. Hendrik Van de Velde (Belgium), HE Mr. Csaba Antal Czibere (Hungary), HE Mr. Lt. Gen Shafaat Ullah Shah (Pakistan), HE Mr. Vasileios Bornovas (Greece) and HE Mr. Boris Bolotin (Russia).

Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh expressed satisfaction with the successful full-house concerts organized in cooperation with some of the embassies represented on the Board, reaffirmed his commitment towards the Jordanian National Orchestra, under the guidance of HM Queen Noor, from which he had the privilege to receive the responsibility to support this national initiative.

The 2016 report of JOrchestra was introduced with a special focus on the concerts organized in cooperation with various embassies: Mexican, Italian, German, the US, and Venezuela and the PETRA music-recording project which is gaining huge popularity in Europe, developed in cooperation with UNESCO Amman Office, and Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority. .

HM Queen Noor expressed enthusiasm for the rich and diversified activities of the Association and underlined how the Orchestra was established with the scope of enhancing cross-cultural exchange among societies of the world.

According to Her Majesty, the scope of cross-cultural exchange falls under the framework of the UN Agenda for the Millennium Development Goals, with the aim of promoting social cohesion and economic opportunities in a new valuable sector for the future development of the civil society.

The Queen further emphasized the importance of intervening where possible to create collaborations between Western and Arabic music.

Meanwhile, Minister Annab highlighted the ongoing cooperation on the PETRA album project, which aims to promote Petra's wonderful site as a safe touristic destination through the music that was recorded at the Archeological Park by the Jordanian National Orchestra and the Italian trumpeter.

Meanwhile, Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh underlined the necessity to provide Amman's society and the music scene with a simple but functional Opera house, to promote the Orchestra through the first FM radio station in Jordan that will be broadcasting classical music from Ma'an to Amman and promoting the National Music Conservatory activities.

The US Ambassador to Jordan HE Ms. Alice Wells stated that a concert by Gina Chavez Band and the Jordanian National Orchestra quartet (Fadi Hattar/Cello, Obaida Madi/Violin, Bassim Al Jaber /Bass, Ali Shawki/Sax and Clarinet), which was held at the Terra Sancta Theatre.

The Italian Ambassador, HE Mr. Brauzzi, expressed his interest in expanding the PETRA project in other valuable archeological sites in Jordan, such as Um Qais and emphasized on the importance of delivering performances in specific locations, such as Mount Nebo, using music to promote interfaith dialogue. He also mentioned the inauguration of a new restored pipe organ and underlined the dedication of the Italian Embassy to such a dialogue, being the 3rd to develop a connection between musical instruments and the mandolin, enhancing the beauty of Mediterranean music and twinning exchanges.

The French Ambassador, HE Mr. Bertolotti, expressed his hope of reviving the musical intercultural communication with France, encouraging French teachers to come to Jordan for both playing and teaching music, as they used to do in the past. Moreover, the Ambassador underlined the possibility of holding a Concert on the occasion of the 450th Anniversary of Monteverdi.

HE the Mexican Ambassador highlighted the fruitful cooperation that resulted in the Mexican -Jordanian Friendship concert with the guest conductor Maestro Jose Arean and proposed to further develop the cooperation by establishing mutual exchanges of musicians between Mexico and Jordan, for further widening their experiences.

The Romanian Ambassador, HE Mr. Comanescu stated his intention to include the PETRA project in George Enescu Festival, the main traditional cultural event in Romania since 1958.

The Ambassador of Pakistan introduced the idea of investing in the restoration of a building, transforming it in an Opera house.

The meeting concluded with the announcement by Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh that the second recording project following the idea of the Italian composer of the album PETRA, Luca Aquino, will be recorded in Baghdad, in one of its symbolic places. The idea already received the preliminary interest of UNESCO as Baghdad is the city where the world campaign #Unite4Heritage was launched.

HE the Ambassador of Iraq responded enthusiastically to the proposal and suggested the inclusion of an Iraqi Orchestra in Amman, in addition to encouraging the Jordanian National Orchestra to perform in Baghdad and to work on the recording project.

The meeting was followed by a gala dinner.

Source: National News Agency