In the wake of the new year, the Maghreb Philharmonic Orchestra has put together a fairly festive program. In fact, in January, this symphonic ensemble composed exclusively of Algerian, Tunisian and Moroccan musicians will perform musicals, including Leonard Bernstein’s compositions.
The composer and conductor (1918-1990), is a legend of classical music. The Maghreb Philharmonic Orchestra has chosen to pay tribute to this man with multiple talents. Because Leonard Bernstein marked his time in more than one way. When he gained international fame with West Side Story (1957), when he joined the musical direction of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra (1958) or when he hosted television shows (from 1954), he already has a solid career behind him that reveals the versatility of his talent as a conductor, composer, pianist, pedagogue, writer or even a TV man.
In total, six New Year’s concerts are planned, in Casablanca, Rabat and Oujda where the orchestra will perform for the first time: at the Church Notre Dame de Lourdes in Casablanca on Tuesday, January 23 at 14:30 (school concert) and 20h (gala concert), as well as Wednesday, January 24 at 20h, concert for all audiences, then at the Mohammed V National Theater in Rabat, at 14:30 (school concert) and 20h (semi-public concert), and finally at the Mohammed VI Theater in Oujda Saturday, January 27 at 19h.
The Philharmonic Orchestra of the Maghreb will be directed for the occasion by Olivier Holt, conductor trained by Leonard Bernstein. Two classical singers will perform the choral works: Aurore Ugolin, Mezzo-soprano and Jean-Loup Pagésy, Barython, both from the prestigious Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris.