Massive Saudi response overwhelms German musicians

German artists perform at Goethe-Institut in Riyadh on Tuesday night. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 13 December 2018
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Massive Saudi response overwhelms German musicians

  • German Ambassador Jorg Ranau hosted a concert at his residence in the diplomatic quarter

RIYADH: German musicians on tour in Saudi Arabia said they were “astonished” by the response to their concerts.
The artists played six gigs over 10 days at multiple venues.
On Tuesday evening in Riyadh the Goethe-Institut hosted Birgit Erichson and Vasil Laghidze, who performed Schubert’s “Winter Journey.”
The lyrics, by Wilhelm Müller, were recited in German by Claudia Ziegeler and — in a world premiere — in Arabic by the Saudi poet Dr. Adel Khamees Alzhrani.
“We are astonished at how the audience in Riyadh and Jeddah responded,” said pianist Laghidze. “We got overwhelming support from music lovers. The audience here is very enthusiastic.”
On Monday German Ambassador Jorg Ranau hosted a concert at his residence in the diplomatic quarter.
Laghidze and cellist Erichson were joined by violinist Ulrich Beetz, with the trio delighting a national and international gathering with music from Haydn, Schubert and Dvorak.
An embassy press officer told Arab News the musicians were well-received amid “thunderous applause.”
The French Consul General El-Mostafa Mihraje hosted the trio’s performance of an all-Debussy concert, including the famous Clair de Lune, played under the stars.
Other venues for the visiting artists included the German diplomatic missions in Riyadh and Jeddah, the French Consulate General in Jeddah and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, a research institute in Thuwal.


King Salman meets with grand mufti and senior scholars

King Salman receives the grand mufti, scholars and a group of citizens at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Monday. (SPA)
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King Salman meets with grand mufti and senior scholars

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's grand mufti, senior scholars and a group of citizens called on King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Monday. 

The reception began with the recitation of verses from the Holy Qur’an. A number of senior ministers and top officials attended the meeting.  On Monday, King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent cables to offer condolences to Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz on the death of his predecessor Mahmoud Ould Ahmed Louly.

The king and the crown prince also sent cables to offer condolences to Indonesia President Joko Widodo on the death of people who were killed due to flooding in the Indonesian province of Papua.