Arab and Kurdish musicians on the stage together: an impossibility? Not at all! In 2008 the young Iraqi pianist Zuhal Sultan went to the British public to promote her idea of a national youth orchestra of Iraq. As early as summer 2009 33 young Iraqis came together in de Kurdish city of Sulaymaniyah to make music under the British conductor Paul MacAlindin. In September 2011 the orchestra played outside the Iraq for the first time with 43 musicians for the Orchestra Campus organized by Deutsche Welle and the Beethovenfest Bonn to demonstrate that music can transcend borders. The concert programme included premieres of two works by Iraqi composers, one Kurdish worky by Ali Authman and one Arab by Mohammed A. Ezzat. The solo part of Beethoven’s violin concerto was performed by the young Munich violinist Arabella Steinbacher. The orchestra was complemented by 16 members of Germany’s national youth orchestra, the Bundesjugendorchester.
The Orchestra Campus 2011 was under the patronage of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Christian Wulff.
SAT 1. OCT 2011, 8 p.m.
Arabella Steinbacher (Violin)
National Youth Orchestra of Iraq
Members of the National Youth Orchestra of Germany
Paul MacAlindin (Conductor)
Ali Authman: "Invocation" (world premiere, Kurdish work commissioned by Deutsche Welle)
Mohammed Amin Ezzat: „Desert Camel“ (world premiere, Arab work commissioned by Deutsche Welle)
Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 104 D-Dur Hob. I:104
Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto for violin and orchestra in D major op. 61