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Amman Symphony Orchestra celebrates revival as JOrchestra in Tuesday concert

June 23, 2014

by Muath Freij | Jun 22, 2014 | 23:23 Updated: Jun 22, 2014 | 23:23

AMMAN The Amman Symphony Orchestra (ASO) returns to the spotlight on Tuesday in its first concert as the Jordanian National Orchestra Association (JOrchestra).

The new association was recently formed to revive the ASO, which was disbanded due to financial difficulties, with the aim of spreading the culture of music among Jordanians.

JOrchestra is a non-profit organisation headed by former senator Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, according to Hana Shaheen, the executive director of the King Hussein Foundation.

"This will provide music students with job opportunities," Shaheen said at a press conference held at the National Music Conservatory on Sunday.

JOrchestra's mission is to promote classical music and provide high-quality performances by nurturing a generation of talented Jordanian musicians and achieving recognition locally, regionally and internationally, according to its brochure.

Mohammad Othman Al Siddiq, the conductor of the orchestra, said the ASO was established in 1988, consisting of music students who used to study at the National Music Conservatory.

"In 1995, Abu-Ghazaleh organised the first professional musical concert of the orchestra at the Amman International Stadium; since then, it has developed over the years," he added.

"This is good news that the orchestra is back again," he added.

The concert, organised under the patronage of her Majesty Queen Noor, will be held at Al Hussein Cultural Centre in Amman at 7pm. Tickets are available on

The programme includes musical pieces by Johann Strauss II, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Arture Marquez and Johannes Brahms, according to the JOrchestra website.

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Source: Jordan Times, The

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