Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra performs at Doha College
Doha College was thrilled to host the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, who played two performances of Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf’ to all Primary students and their teachers. The symphonic fairytale was conducted by Giovanni Pasini and narrated by Christoph “Kiko” Schmitz, who - alongside the talented musicians of QPO, delivered a most dramatic and captivating show - the perfect vehicle for music education.
Christoph “Kiko” Schmitz interacting with the children
A Doha College student conducting the orchestra
Seven Doha College students were extremely lucky to get a lend of the precious baton, and took a first shot at conducting under the watchful guidance of Maestro Pasini. Play the video below to see how they got on, after Kiko Schmitz's first disastrous (but very comical) attempt.
Our students and staff had a wonderful day, and it was encouraging to see our fantastic facilities being put to use by a professional ensemble. We were particularly impressed by the warmth of orchestra, in how they invited some of our students up to conduct from the podium. Special thanks go to Kiko, Giovanni, and Kurt Meister, QPO Executive Director, for bringing this opportunity to fruition. We look forward to continuing to develop our relationship with the orchestra in the future.
Ryan Sullivan, Head of Primary Music
If you have 25 minutes to disconnect, go ahead and let yourself be transported into Prokofiev's fantasy world together with our students; you will be glad you did.
Doha College provides instrumental music tuition through its long-standing programme, staffed by musicians who are highly qualified in their field, drawn from a broad international base. To find out more visit our Instrumental Music web page.
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