KHF Outreach
National Music Conservatory Hosts Gala Concert
8th July 2009

Amman, Jordan (8 July 2009) -- Under the patronage of Their Majesties King Abdullah II and Queen Rania Al Abdullah, Her Majesty Queen Noor Al Hussein hosted a gala concert on 7 July to celebrate the Tenth Anniversary of the Accession of His Majesty King Abdullah II to the Throne and the Tenth Anniversary of the establishment of the King Hussein Foundation.

Organized by the King Hussein Foundation's National Music Conservatory, the concert featured the Amman Symphony Orchestra (ASO) conducted by Mohammed Othman Sidiq with music from Mozart, Bizet, Gershwin, Puccini and Verdi, as well as international opera singers Nina Nowak and Francisco Casanova, and violinist David Hlavichka. The event was held in the outdoor theater of the King Hussein Gardens in Dabouq.
Her Majesty Queen Noor with the NMC Children's Choir on the night of the NMC concert gala (photo courtesy of the Jordan Times)

Funds raised by the gala concert-dinner will support the National Music Conservatory's initiatives to reach out to local communities. The funds will support the Amman Symphony Orchestra, established by the Conservatory in partnership with the Greater Amman Municipality. The Amman Symphony Orchestra will have a permanent home in the planned Darat King Abdullah II for Culture and Arts in Ras Al Ain, a project initiated by the Greater Amman Municipality.

ASO is Amman's premier national orchestra and today forms an integral part of the nation's cultural scene. It was established by the NMC in partnership with the Greater Amman Municipality and performed its inaugural concert in January 2007.

To increase the momentum of music activities in Jordan, five different ensembles, Amman Sinfonietta, Amman String Quartet, Amman Wind Quintet, and Amman Brass Quartet are expected to emanate from the Amman Symphony Orchestra in the 2009-2010 cultural season.

The National Music Conservatory, established by the Noor Al Hussein Foundation in 1986, is Jordan's leading institution for the development of local musicians and the promotion of music appreciation in Jordan.
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