Saudi Arabia’s first Japanese orchestra concert wows Riyadh audience

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Japanese orchestra members perform at a concert in Riyadh Thursday. (AN photo by Bashir Saleh)
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Minister of Culture and Information Adel Al-Toraifi opens the first Japanese full orchestra concert in Saudi Arabia
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Updated 15 April 2017
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Saudi Arabia’s first Japanese orchestra concert wows Riyadh audience

RIYADH: Minister of Culture and Information Adel Al-Toraifi opened the first Japanese full orchestra concert in Saudi Arabia on Thursday night here at King Fahad Cultural Center.
The concert was organized as part of a Saudi-Japan music exchange program, under the patronage of the Saudi Ministry of Culture and Information and the Embassy of Japan.

Japanese Ambassador Norihiro Okuda also attended the event. As a crowd representing all segments of Saudi society, especially the youth, turned up for the mega cultural event, the main attraction was a concert conducted by Hirofumi Yoshida.
Yoshida led a group of 80 members. Soloist Fumiyuki Kato and violinist Yumiko Hamasaki joined him, producing soothing music that delighted the audience.

(Arab News Photos by Iqbal Hossain and Bashir Saleh)


DiplomaticQuarter: Mexicans in Riyadh celebrate 208 years of independence

Riyadh governor cutting cake with Mexican Ambassador Alfredo Miranda. (SPA)
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DiplomaticQuarter: Mexicans in Riyadh celebrate 208 years of independence

  • Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar represented the Saudi government at the colorful celebration, marking the 208th anniversary of Mexico’s independence
  • The centerpiece of the festivities was a re-enactment of the “Cry of Dolores”

RIYADH: The Mexican community in Riyadh gathered at the official residence of Ambassador Alfredo Miranda on Sunday to celebrate their country’s National Day. They were joined at the event by VIP guests including members of the royal family, diplomats and business leaders.

Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar represented the Saudi government at the colorful celebration, marking the 208th anniversary of Mexico’s independence.

The centerpiece of the festivities was a re-enactment of the “Cry of Dolores,” a historic event in small town of Dolores on the morning of September 16, 1810, when Mexico’s founding father, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, issued a call to arms that signaled the start of the war of independence.

The rest of the National Day celebration was a Mexican-style fiesta, filled with color and music, with many of the guests dressed in traditional outfits. They enjoyed authentic Mexican food prepared by renowned chef Eduardo Perez, which offered a taste of the Mexican Gastronomic Festival at the city’s InterContinental Hotel from Sept. 17 to 22.

The entertainment also included the Kingdom’s first a live performance by a Mexican folkloric Mariachi band, a musical style recognized by UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage lists.