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JOrchestra and German Embassy Celebrate Beethoven's Ingenuity

09-Mar-2017 | Source : AG-IP News | Visits : 2851
JOrchestra and German Embassy Celebrate Beethoven's Ingenuity
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AMMAN- Under the patronage of the German Ambassador to Jordan HE Ms. Birgitta Siefker-Eberle and HE Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, the Jordanian National Orchestra Association (JOrchestra) and the German Embassy in Amman commemorated the 190th Anniversary of Ludwig Van Beethoven’s death with a special concert held at Al Hussein Cultural Center.

In one of the 2017’s classical highlights, German-leading conductor Georg Mais lead JOrchestra's performance of the Egmont Overture, Op. 84 and the Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21 while Violinist Basel Theodory performed the Romance for Violin and Orchestra No. 2 in F Major, Op. 50.

Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh said: “I fell in love with Germany when I worked at a music shop as a student to earn my pocket money. In my teens, I discovered Beethoven, as an old man I am in love with Wagner and in between I can say thanks to Germany for giving us the many great composers that made our lives happier.” 
Ambassador Siefker-Eberle said that she used to play music herself, playing the flute since her early youth and singing in different choirs. “Classical music has accompanied me all my life. Music reveals dimensions of being that we cannot attain otherwise and we are thankful to all the great composers and performers who take us into this wonderful world. Beethoven is certainly one of the most ingenious among them,” the ambassador said.
 
In 2001, Georg Mais founded the “Mozart Summer” at Schloss Salem and in 2005 he appeared in Mar del Plata and Buenos Aires as guest conductor with the Argentine National Symphony Orchestra. In 2006, he directed the concert celebrating the 250th birthday of W. A. Mozart in the Kölner Philharmonie. Since 2009, he has served as the artistic director of the “International Lake Constance Music Competition”.
 
Georg Mais studied violin, viola and conducting at the music academies in Trossingen, Freiburg and Stuttgart. After graduation he attended masterclasses with  Karl Münchinger, Sergiu Celibidache, Helmuth Rilling and John Elliot Gardiner. He conducted several orchestras worldwide such as the Houston Chamber Orchestra, the Panama Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Symphony Orchestra- Basel Theodory began his studies at the National Music Conservatory of Amman at the age of five. After finishing eight grades in the music curriculum of the British Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) in just four years, he completed the requirements and was awarded with the Advanced Certificate of the ABRSM. At fourteen years of age, he was the youngest student to have earned such a certificate. 

Theodory subsequently earned the French Superieure Certificate from the Joint Jury of the Jordanian National Music Conservatory and Conservatoire National de Region de Boulogne-Billancourt, France. He also received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance in accordance with the cooperation agreement between the National Music Conservatory and Yarmouk University. In 2003, Theodory presented a concert in which he had the privilege of playing for the King of Jordan and the Sultan of Oman.
 
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