Sunday, August 30, 2009

Tuebingen Chamber Orchestra Performs in Phnom Penh

Tuebingen Chamber Orchestra Performs in Phnom Penh

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

Cambodia and German will organize a joint concert called “Tuebingen Chamber Orchestra” on September 4 in Phnom Penh in order to exchange and promote both countries culture and their mutual good relation. They concert will be held at the Cambodian-Japanese Cooperation Center at 7:00 pm. The concert will be free of charge for all Cambodian nationals. Tickets are available at Art Café and Meta House in Phnom Penh.

The joint concert is organized by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany to Cambodia in collaboration with Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, Art Foundation, Goethe-Institute, Meta House, and sponsored by Inter-continental Hotel. The concert will be presided over by His Majesty Preah Preah Karuna Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boromneath Norodom Sihamoni, King of the Kingdom of Cambodia.

Frank M. Mann, German Ambassador to Cambodia, said that the concert is a part of the cultural exchange between the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Federal Republic of Germany.
This is the first time that the Germany Embassy will be organizing the Tuebingen Chamber Orchestra in Cambodia. The main objective of the joint concert is to exchange the traditional culture and arts between the two countries. It is also to honor the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Royal Academy for Music.

“We are very proud that His Majesty the King Preah Karuna Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boromneath Norodom Sihamoni has graciously accepted to be the highest patron of the Gala concert of the Tuebingen Chamber Orchestra at the Cambodian-Japanese Cooperation Center on the 4th of September. We hope that with the King’s participation, we can promote good relations and friendship between the two countries in future,” the ambassador told reporters at a press conference on August 28.

Gerhad Anton Isselhardt, Art Foundation’s Program Director, said that there are a total of 17 musicians 14 of them are German artists and 3 Cambodian artists. He further said that the joint concert will pave the way for Cambodian artists as well as German artists to exchange their experience and learn from each other in order to promote and strengthen their cultures and relations in future. “I hope that with this joint concert Cambodian artist and German artists will able to exchange their playing skills and to learn from each other. They will also continue to exchange or promote their cultures in future,” he said.

Mao Samnang, a Cambodian musician, who will be performing at the concert, feels happy that he is part of this project. “For me it will be a first to perform classical music with German musicians. I am looking forward to learn from the western team, and I hope that I have the opportunity to continue this cooperation in the future.”

The German Ambassador added that his embassy will also provide financial assistant for cultural or musical project in Cambodia in the future and will continue to promote the culture exchange between the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Federal Republic of Germany in the future. The German Embassy in collaboration with French Cultural Center, Meta House and Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, have plans to organize more musical festivals in the future.


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