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PATHWAYS THROUGH CLASSICAL MUSIC
THE ROYAL OMAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Conductor HAMDAN AL SHA​ELY
Soloist  Qaisar Al Abri, Flute​

ROYAL OPERA HOUSE MUSCAT

Sunday 20th June 2021 7.30 pm


  • WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756 – 1791)
    Overture from The Marriage of Figaro

    Flute concerto in D Major
    I.    Allegro Aperto
    II.    Adagio ma non troppo
    III.    Rondeau Allegro

    Arr. LEIF SUNDSTRUP (1970)
    Lullaby from The Secret Garden

    JOHANNES SEBASTIAN BACH (1685 – 1750)
    Air on the G String from Suite no. 3

    RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872 – 1958)
    Fantasia on Greensleeves

    JOHANN PACHELBEL (1653 – 1706)
    Canon for Strings

    GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL (1685 – 1759)
    Minuet from Hercules

    Minuet from Berenice

    HAMDAN AL SHAELY (1970)
    Two Turkish themes from Altushal Ghazi

THE ROYAL OMAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

In 1985, His Majesty the late Sultan Qaboos bin Said bin Taimour (1940 – 2020) had a dream: to establish a professional orchestra made entirely of Omani nationals. This brilliant idea was born of his passionate and inspiring commitment to his people and from his belief that music would serve as a vehicle for the promotion of peace, tolerance, and international cooperation.

THE CREATION OF THE ROYAL OMAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

The realization of his vision for the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra (ROSO) began in 1985 meaning that in 2020, ROSO celebrated its 35th anniversary. Under the direct supervision of His Majesty, young students were first assessed for a basic aptitude for understanding and appreciating the elements of melody, harmony and rhythm in music. Under the guidance of the Royal Guard of Oman, young musicians who met the required criteria were then immersed in intensive studies of Western music. Theory lessons were followed with practical instruction; musicians were matched with instruments according to their aptitude and interest. In a process embraced with immense enthusiasm and a mood of celebration by the young students, they embarked on a relationship with music and instruments which would shape their lives. There was no denying that these students were being given an incredible opportunity to be part of a truly significant moment in the history of their country, one that would leave a legacy for future musicians of Oman and the nation as a whole to be proud of. The regular training they received was delivered on the campus of the palace in Seeb, on the outskirts of Muscat. Early students of the orchestra recall that it was not uncommon for His Majesty to appear during rehearsals to express his delight in their progress and to praise the students.

AN ORCHESTRA OF AMBASSADORS

On the 1st July 1987, under the patronage of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said bin Taimour, ROSO performed its inaugural concert in the auditorium at the Al Bustan Palace. ROSO began to spread its wings with performances in prestigious venues across the UAE, Belgium, Germany and France. Since this time the orchestra has performed hundreds of concerts. Celebrating its twentieth anniversary in 2005, the orchestra performed in Berlin under the baton of the acclaimed British conductor Simon Wright, with the internationally renowned Indian violinist L. Subramaniam and the famed Lebanese oud player, Marcel Khalife. As a touring orchestra covering the region and Europe, ROSO serves as a bridge between East and West, performing to an international standard on a world stage. Their performances often feature the signature Omani fragrance of frankincense, the ladies of the orchestra perform in the national dress designed in the red and green colours of Oman’s flag with traditional gold headpieces set on their foreheads. Both the appearance and performance offered by the orchestra demonstrate the richness of the nation of Oman and the people of Oman, entrusting them with the additional role as ambassadors of their country. With a range which includes improvisation in taqasim (melodic progression) and raga scales to the strict rules of Western counterpoint, they exhibit advanced techniques and fine musicianship. Their repertoire spans many different genres of music.

THE MUSCAT ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

FIRST VIOLINS
Safia Al Busaidiya*
Majid Al Balushi
Yousuf Al Balushi
Juhaina Al Balushiya
Saif Al Kaabi
Muadh Al Salhi

    
SECOND VIOLINS
Salim Al Hashmi*
Sultan Al Azri
Asaad al Hashemi
Johyda Al Jahdhamiya
Jawhar Al Mushifri
Nagla Al Rahbiya


VIOLAS    
Younis Al Siabi*
Zahrah Al Balushiya
Saleh Al Manji
Salim Al Qeteti

​CELLOS
Amjad Al Saadi*
Yousuf Al Farsi
Aamna Al Kilbaniya
Hanan Al Masrooriya

DOUBLE BASSES
Nader Al Balushi*
Jamal Al Rawahi    

FLUTES
Balqis Al Shabibiya*
Qaisar Al Abri
Naeema Al Balushiya
Warda Al Hajriya
Abdulmajeed Al Yaaribi
   
OBOES
Yahya Al Dhanky*
Khulood Al Balushiya
Hanan Al Hakmaniya
Suleiman Al Hashmi
Nooh Al Muharami 

CLARINETS
Mustehil Al Reisi*
Numair Al Ajmi
Dina Al Ruzaiqiya

BASSOONS
Saqer Al Mushaifri*
Ahmed Al Hashmi
Hawra Al Shabibiya
Nouf Al Wahaibi

HORNS
Issa Al Kulibi*
Aisha Al Shukariya

TRUMPETS
Issa Al Mukheini*
Hussain Abdullah Al Ajmi

PERCUSSION
Mohammed Al Ajmi
Najah Al Fawriya
Ghaith Al Ghaithi
Samiya Al Hattaliya
Hilal Al Jabri
Faiza Al Naumaniya

HARP
Mohammed Al Tubi
Laila Al Marhubiya



*Section leader

 *Section leader

Concerts were recorded in accordance with the Covid-19 Supreme Committee guidelines