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Classical music “OIG Geneva”


The Sultanate of Oman, the jewel of Arabia, was the guest of honour at the Fêtes de Genève 2009. A veritable link between India and Africa, the Sultanate of Oman is a unique destination because of its remarkable 2000 year old history, its position at the crossroads of the legendary silk and incense roads and the hospitality of its population who have always been receptive to the world beyond their borders.

By special permission of His Majesty, “The Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra” opened the Fêtes de Genève with a thrilling symphony concert played to an enthousiastic audience.
In turn, the Oman authorities invited a Geneva classical orchestra to perform in Muscat, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the reign of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said of Oman in the autumn of 2010.
To honour this invitation, Mr Dominique Föllmi, former President of the Council of State, created the International Orchestra of Geneva (the OIG) to represent the Republic and Canton of Geneva.

The International Orchestra of Geneva was born

This classic music orchestra consists of 42 professional musicians under the baton of :
Maestro Gleb Skvortsov

A concert will be given in an idyllic setting:

on wednesday, 10 November 2010
in the superb Auditorium of Al Bustan Palace.
The concert will be followed by a gala dinner in the magnificent
“Majan Ballroom”

The orchestra will play :

  • An overture by Mozart Symphony No. 4 known as “The Italian” by Mendelssohn and piano concerto No. 1 by Shostakovich.

Exceptionally, the OIG has invited the Royal Symphony Orchestra to join it for the second part of the concert, the aim being to creat closer ties between musicians who are immersed in two different cultures. The programme will be adapted accordingly.

A committee of Honour has been set up including representatives of the Autoriites of Oman and those of the Swiss Confederation and Geneva. A partnership Committee is also being constitued.

Mr Dominique Föllmi’s track record:

Mr Dominique Föllmi spent his entire career in the service of eduction and culture. He has been teacher, Administrative Director of the University of Geneva, member of the Rectorate, Director of Administration in the Department of Public Education and Culture, politician, deputy, then elected member of the Council of State and appointed President of the Geneva Governement. After holding these political offices, Mr Dominique Föllmi became President of the Geneva Diplomatic Club, the High School of Music in Geneva, the Geneva Chamber Orchestra and the Friends of the Menuhin International Music Academy, before setting up the OIG.

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