ALGIERS- Musicians from Germany, Tunisia and Syria enthralled the large audience at Boualem-Bessaih Opera of Algiers, on Wednesday, by their performances at the 11th International Cultural Festival of Symphonic Music, to wrap up Thursday.
The evening was opened by the duo Aust composed of brothers Bettina Aust, clarinetist and Robert Aust, pianist, who played musical pieces like Fantazia of the clarinetist Louiguy Bassey inspired by the Italian opera Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi.
Created more than twenty years ago, the Aust duo, one of the most prestigious of the moment, which notably interprets German and European heritage, has hosted concerts in several European countries.
The second part of the evening was animated by the “Tunisian Symphony Orchestra of Carthage” which has been followed by a bouquet of classical, European and Tunisian music including “Adagietto” by the composer Robert Kajanus and a piece of the theatrical piece ” On a Persian market “of the British composer Albert Ketèlbey and Tunisian and Spanish dance music composed by the composer Mohamed Makni.
Created in 2018 by the musician Hafedh Makni who previously headed the Tunisian Symphony Orchestra (OST), the Carthaga Symphony Orchestra has 36 musicians and over 120 singers.
The closing of the evening was ceded to the National Symphony Orchestra of Syria led by maestro Missak Baghboudarian who charmed the audience with pieces from the musical “The Phantom of the Opera” by Andrew Lioyd Webber and a musical collection inspired by Syrian, Algerian and Arab heritage, like the masterpiece “El Helwa di” by the Egyptian lyricist Badie Khairy and the composer Sayed Darwich as well as the famous song “Ya rayah” by Dahmane El Harrachi.
The 11th edition of Fcims, which saw the participation of 16 countries including Egypt – guest of honor – ended Thursday with musical performances from China and Ukraine.