Katica Illényi – Artist of Merit of Hungary, Liszt and Artisjus- award winning violinist, member of the Hungarian Academy of Arts, gave a concert in Jordan on the 28th of September 2017 at the Al Hussein Cultural Center in Amman where she was invited by the Hungarian Embassy in Jordan.
Katica Illényi performed with the Jordan National Orchestra, conducted by Mohammad O. Siddiq.
The excellent organization of the concert was provided by Embassy of Hungary in Amman.
The presentation was opened by Ambassador Csaba Czibere and Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, Chairman of the Jordanian National Orchestra Association.
In addition to the works of Hungarian authors, the program also included the gems of classical violin literature and world music. The melodies of Béla Bartók – An evening in the Village, gave a unique and heartwarming atmosphere. J. S. Bach: Violin concerto in A Minor – which was a unique vocal performance worldwide, given only by Katica Illényi – received a thundering ovation.
The genre of tango could not be left out either, so the performance of the world-famous tango of El Choclo continued to raise the heightened festive and emotional atmosphere which was crowned by Libertango by Astor Piazzolla.
The other musical surprise of the evening was the Theremin. This is the only instrument in the world that you do not need to touch to play it. In total there are only five artist in the world who play the Theremin in concert, including the only Hungarian, Katica Illényi. She is currently the most well-known and most watched Theremin artist, millions watch her on Youtube. The performance of Puccini O Mio Babbino Caro aria, Saint-Saens Swan and the performance of O sole mio on Theremin featuring the fantastic Jordanian National Orchestra became a prominent event of Jordan’s cultural life.
At the end of the concert the audience gave the performers a standing ovation.
The concert was attended by Princess Dana Firas member of the Jordanian Royal Family, Ministers, Senators, Ambassadors, Fouad Twal Archbishop and Patriarch of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, Chairman of the Jordanian National Orchestra Association, and George Hawatme, President of the RTV of Jordan.
The prominent guests were welcomed by His Excellency Csaba Czibere and Katica Illényi, at the reception given after the concert. A concert recording of Katica Illényi was offered for broadcasting on Jordanian state television to George Hawatme, president of the Jordan RTV television company which he kindly excepted.
At the reception the guests expressed their appreciation for the performance, and gave them an opportunity to give further invitations to Katica Illényi and the Hungarian Embassy.
They all agreed that such a highly successful, world-class and unique music event like Katica Illényi’s concert in Amman, promotes cultural and cross-cutting political and business relationships.
Amman, 28th of September, 2017.