QPO's Hansel and Gretel

There will be two performances of the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra’s Family Concert Hansel and Gretel on Thursday 13 December at Aspire Zone-Ladies Club. The December classic, which is performed in costume with projected images, will be conducted by Andreas Weiser and feature the children’s choir from the German School, Doha. The performances will take place at 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm, visit the website for further information.

Yesterday, the Philharmonic announced the appointment of Han-Na Chang as their third Music Director, to join in September 2013. With a career spanning two decades as a cellist, Chang joins the Qatar Philharmonic Orchetra as she turns decisively to conducting. She assumes the position of Music Director at the age of 30 — the same age as the average of its 101 members when it was founded four years ago.

At the press conference for the announcement, Chang stated:

I am extremely excited about joining the Qatar Philharmonic as Music Director. This orchestra is unique in the way it was formed, from high-level simultaneous auditions in major musical capitals. It was born an elite orchestra.

Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra is a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Research and Community Development (QF), and embraces QF’s mission of “unlocking human potential” by bringing music from around the world to local communities, planting the seeds of symphonic music in the Arab region and helping Qatar in its goal of moving towards a knowledge-based economy.

Kurt Meister, Executive Director of the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, anticipates the significant influence Chang will have over the orchestra. He commented:

Han-Na has broad knowledge and deep experience, with a particular edge as a conductor in knowing how string players think and perceive. The orchestra will grow and evolve with her.

Chang conducts the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra in June 2013 and joins them as Music Director in September.

Han-Na Chang