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Standing ovation for the Moroccan Philharmonic Orchestra at the opening of its season

Written by FDM

The Moroccan Philharmonic Orchestra (OPM) received a standing ovation on October 9th at the Notre Dame de Lourdes Church in Casablanca, performing the Ave Maria, Schubert’s masterpiece arranged for the occasion, as well as Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor. A harmonious choice for the opening of its season under the sign “Religions in unison”.

This is the Ave Maria, the masterpiece of Schubert, which resonated first on October 9 in the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes in Casablanca. On stage were the Moroccan Philharmonic Orchestra (OPM) as well as soprano Tatiana Probst and Elise Haddad, and tenor Smahi El Harrati. A piece arranged in light of the opening of its season around the theme “Religions in unison “.

Indeed, after the success of the arrangement of Ave Maria de Caccini played last March before King Mohammed VI and Pope Francis, the OPM proposed a new arrangement of the Schubert Ave Maria, mixing songs in Aramaic , Latin and Arabic. A magnificent success.

This moment of dialogue led by the conductor Olivier Holt has, logically, received a thunder of applause as Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor played second time by the OPM. The Symphony No. 5, never interpreted in Morocco thus far, is one of the most tragic pieces composed by Gustav Mahler and also one of the most famous thanks to Luchino Visconti’s film ” Death in Venice “, shot in 1971.

The schedule for the rest of the tour:

Mohammed V National Theater in Rabat: Friday, October 11 at 8:30 pm
Palais des Congrès in Marrakech: Sunday, October 13 at 19:30
Ahmed Boukmakh cultural center in Tangier: Monday, October 14 at 20h