The Palestine Youth Orchestra in Jordan and Palestine

The Palestine Youth Orchestra
Conductor: Vincent De Kort
Voice: Nai Barghouti
9/8/2017 Amman concert at 16:00 and 20:00 at the Saint Joseph cultural center - Franciscan Sisters School
12/8/2017 Birzeit Concert at 19:00 at Naseeb Aziz Shaheen Adutorium - Birzeit University
14/8/2017 Nablus Concert at 19:00 at Turki Ben Abdulaziz Theater at Annajah University
For more information and reservation call:
Music Program:
1. Star Wars Suite (John Williams):
Main Title (I)
Princess Leia's Theme (II)
Darth Vader Theme (III)
2. Bolero (Ravel)
3. Romeo and Juliet Suite (Prokofiev)
From Suite No.1: Movements: 2, 3, 4, 5, 7
From Suite No. 2: Movements: 1, 2, 4, 6, 7
4. Danzon No.2 - Marquez
5. Ruddani ila Biladi + Ahtarif al Huzna + Zahrat al Madaen (Rahbani)
6. To Ahmed (Suhail Khoury)
Supported by:
Norwegian Representative Office, Afaq Fund, Qattan Foundation, ARABCO, NBC.
Cultural Partner: Bank of Palestine
Media Sponsor: VandV, Raya FM and 24FM
The Palestine Youth Orchestra
The Palestine Youth Orchestra (PYO) was created in 2004 by the ESNCM with the vision of bringing together young Palestinian musicians from around the world. The orchestra can rightly claim today that it is a quality national youth orchestra on a par with similar ensembles worldwide. Over the past ten years it has performed in Palestine, Germany, Jordan, Syria, Bahrain, Lebanon, Greece, France, Italy and the United Kingdom.
The PYO comprises around eighty young musicians of Palestinian origin residing around the world who are between 14 and 26 years of age, and are able to perform on an orchestral instrument to a standard of at least grade 7 (ABRSM). PYO musicians meet annually for a one-week residential course followed by a concert tour. From year to year, a different country is chosen for the residential course and the 80-members orchestra invites, alongside the young musicians of Palestinian origin, 10 to 15 young guest musicians from music institutions or youth orchestras of the hosting country.
Students are coached by musicians who perform and teach with leading ensembles and music conservatories. Recent guest tutors have come from English National Opera, the Chilingirian Quartet, Valencia Opera House, Qatar Philharmonic, Stockholm Philharmonic, Amman Symphony Orchestra, Aubervilliers Conservatoire, Royal Northern College of Music, Conservatorio Paganini (Genoa), and the London Symphony Orchestra. Since 2012 the ESNCM has developed a partnership with the Oslo Philharmonic which entails having members of the prestigious Norwegian orchestra as coaches for the sections of the Palestine Youth Orchestra.
Conductors who have directed the PYO include Sian Edwards, Nicolas Simon, Tom Hammond, Hilari Gárcia Gázquez, Roger Johansson, Walter Mik and Anna-Sophie Breuning. Soloists have included Marcel Khalife, Mariam Tamari, Dima Bawab, Maias Al Yamani, Mohamed Najem, Ahmad Al Khatib, Fadi Deeb, Omeima Khalil, Basel Zayed, Karim Said, Reem Talhami, Rim Banna, Basel Theodory, Alexander Suleiman, Saleem Abboud Ashkar, and winners of the Palestine National Music Competition Oday Al-Khattab (Hebron), Rawan Elleyan (Gaza City), and Osama Diab (Ramallah). The PYO is dedicated to promoting the work of Palestinian and Arab composers, alongside well-known standards of the Western symphonic repertoire.
Recent concerts have included music by Naji Hakim, Marcel Khalife, Issa Boulos, John Bisharat, Ahmad Al Khatib, Salvador Arnita, Kinan Azmeh, Maias Al Yamani, Salim Dada, the Rahbani Brothers, Suhail Khoury and Rima Tarazi. Other repertoire performed by the Orchestra has included Rimsky Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol, Beethoven’s Symphonies No. 3, 5 and 8, Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3 and Triple Concerto, Dvořák’s Symphonies No. 5 and 9, Kodaly’s Dances of Galanta, excerpts from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Haydn’s Symphony No. 94, Brahms’s Symphony No. 1, Khatchaturian’s Gayane Suite, Shostakovich’s The Gadfly, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 2, Rossini’s Overture to La Gazza Ladra, Berlioz’s Carnaval Romain and songs by Dvořák, Delibes and Stephen Adams.
2017 PYO tour – Jordan & Palestine,
1 - 15 August Dates and Locations:
• 1 August: Arrival to Jordan
• 2 - 8 August, Jerrash: Rehearsals
• 9 August, Amman: PYO Concert 1 at Roman Amphitheater
• 10 August: Travel to Palestine
• 11 August: Day Off
• 12 August, Birzeit: PYO Concert 2 at Naseeb Azeez Shaheen Auditorium
• 13 August, Ramallah: PYO recording session
• 14 August, PYO Concert Nablus at Turki Ben Abdulaziz - Annajah University
• 15 August: Departure
Artistic Team:
• Conductor - Vincent de Kort
• Soloist - Nai Barghouti
• Coaching Team - Coaches from leading conservatories and orchestras like the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra and others.
• J. Williams - Star Wars Suite • M. Ravel - Bolero • Rahbani Brothers - Rudani Ila Biladi & Ahtarif Al-Huzna wal Intithar • S. Prokofiev - Romeo and Juliet Suite • To Ahmad for Suhail Khoury • A. Marquez - Danzon No.2 CONCERTS August 2016