Mosaica throws itself into the classical repertoire

Amman Mosaica
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Amman Mosaica

Jean-Claude Elias

The writer is a computer engineer and a classically trained pianist and guitarist. He has been regularly writing IT articles, reviewing music albums, and covering concerts for more than 30 years.

The Kingdom’s award-winning choir group, Mosaica is set to hold exceptional concerts in Amman on March 1 and 2. It will feature an impressive, unprecedented set of 100 musicians on stage, 70 singers from the choir itself, and 30 instrumentalists from the National Music Conservatory (NMC) orchestra, who will accompany them. Moreover, and for the very first time in the rich history of the vocal ensemble, which is known for interpreting a wide range of styles and genres, from traditional Arabic tunes to Christmas carols and folkloric World Music, only classical music will be performed in the upcoming concerts; a selection of the most beautiful, best-known and popular works. The event is aptly titled “Classical Masterpieces.” Last but not least, part of the proceeds will be donated to Gaza through the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization (JHCO).اضافة اعلان

The refined selection of pieces, includes Johann Strauss’ Radetzky March, Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria, several excerpts from W.A. Mozart’s Requiem in D Minor, the Coro di Zingari (the Anvil Chorus) from Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Il Trovatore, and the Humming Chorus from Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly. Also featured in the program are G.F. Handel’s very popular Hallelujah Chorus and For unto Us a Child is Born, Innegiamo from Pietro Mascagni’s opera Cavalleria Rusticana, and the celebrated, uplifting Ode to Joy choral composition from Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, also known for being used as the anthem of the European Union or better known as “The best of classical.”

Mosaica: Jordan, represented worldwide
Earlier this month, Jordan News was invited for a sneak peek of what is come. Nedy Muna, the musical director and conductor, to Hala Qubein, the operations director, and Mercedes Alonso, the creative director. The three, who are co-founders of the choir, expressed their thrill at the project, also referring to it as a new challenge to take up. Mosaica has often represented Jordan abroad. The name itself pleasantly conjures up one of the country’s best-known cultural heritage symbols, mosaics.

This time Muna will not only be conducting the vocal ensemble, as he has always done, but he will also conduct the orchestra. He explained, “Our decision to go classical all the way was taken to fully realize the huge potential of the choir that has recently grown to reach 70 members now.” He added: “We stuck to the original orchestral arrangements intended by each piece’s composer, with only slight modifications brought by Professor Mohammed [M.O. Sidiq, conductor and head of the NMC], to better suit the set of 30 instrumentalists performing with us.”

The two special concerts will take place at the Greek Catholic Cathedral of Saint George, behind Jabr Complex.

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