Dimitrij Kitajenko is scheduled to conduct a very special concert with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra on October 30 at the Auditorium 3 of the Qatar National Convention Center in Doha. This concert features classical music from Russia and Germany as well as Arabian symphonic music. The program begins with Dmitri Shostakovich’s sumptuous-brilliant Festive Overture Op. 96, followed by the first movement from Beethoven’s 5th Symphony as well as dances from Khachaturian’s ballet suites Spartacus and Gayaneh, notably the brilliant Sabre Dance. The first part of the concert ends with Maurice Ravel’s Bolero.

After the interval, the orchestra will perform two works by Bachar Khalife, Arabian Concerto and Salute. The soloists are: Muslim Rahal on oriental flute ney, Feras Charestan, Qanoun Mohamad Osman and Bouzouq Kenan Adnawi on the oud, a traditional lute. Bachar Khalife plays the tabla, an Arabian percussion instrument.

Bachar Khalife (also Bachar Mar-Khalifé) was born in 1983 in Beirut and is known as a singer, multi-instrumentalist and composer. He was trained in Paris and has French nationality.