The French Embassy, in collaboration with the Ministry of Heritage and Culture, is pleased to celebrate the 30th edition of the Music Day.
A classical piano recital by the well known French pianist, Racha Arodaky, will take place on the 21st of June 2011 at 7.30 pm at Al Bustan Palace - Oman auditorium and will be placed under the patronage of H.Exc. Salim Al Mahruqi, the Under Secretary for Heritage
The event is celebrated every year all over the world, at the same date. It is an occasion to pay tribute to Music and Musicians. This year at Muscat, the Music Day will gather young and not so young people from all backgrounds it will give an opportunity to communicate and share a very special moment through music.
History of the Music Day
Since 1982 in France, the « Fête de la Musique » (Music day) is organised every year at the same date : 21st of June. Nowadays, the « Fête de la Musique » celebrates its 30th anniversary. It is dedicated to all those who love music.
When, in October 1981, Maurice Fleuret became Director of Music and Dance, appointed by the French ministry of Culture Jack Lang, he wants to apply a new way of culture spreading : « the music everywhere and the concert nowhere ». When he discovered, in a 1982 study on the cultural habits of the French, that five million people, one child out of two, played a musical instrument, he wishes to bring up-and-coming musicians out on the streets.
And thus, in a few weeks’ time, the Fête de la Musique was launched on June 21, 1982, the day of summer solstice.
The Music day began to be « exported » in 1985 (the European Year of Music). In fifteen years, it would be taken up in over one hundred countries throughout the five continents.
Given the immediate success of this popular and largely spontaneous event, this gathering of professionals and amateurs musicians, with its new focus on all kinds of music, was the incarnation of a policy striving to give an equal place to amateur musicians, to rock, jazz, singing and traditional music, all of which were given a chance to be heard alongside so-called « serious » music.
In a generation, the Festival displays its constant capacity to reinvent itself. Ingenious and vivacious, built on institutions yet choosing like music itself to live its life in the streets, the Festival is carried along by the people who bring it to life.
Since the Fête de la Musique was launched, more and more participants all around the world have been seduced by its principles. _ Beyond the impulse and the dynamism of the French cultural network abroad (Embassies, Centres and Instituts Culturels français and Alliances françaises) which has contributed to this international development, a lot of events are now set up by local organisers (Ministries for Culture, City Councils, local artistic associations, etc.). The « Fête de la Musique » has been invented again and again, taking care of each country cultural specificities, to the point of becoming an international musical emblematic event.
RACHA ARODAKY - Biography
Racha Arodaky is a French pianist. Her professionnal path went through the Paris National Conservatoire (CNSM) in the class of Dominique Merlet and via the Tchaikovski Conservatoire of Moscow with Yevgueni Malinine. She obtained her first price of the CNSM at the age of 16.
She met Murray Perahia and became one of his rare students, allowing her to complete her career path with the advice of one of the greatest contemporary performers. Exceptionnaly talented, she charted her own course through the most prestigious schools for her instrument.
She obtained enthusiastic review for three recordings she made exploring different musical worlds, from Mendelssohn (2001), Scriabin (2003) to Domenico Scarlatti (2006), with a selection of 18 sonatas, among a corpus of 550 pieces.
Racha Arodaky can reveal the appropriate musical climate, suggesting the density and variety of human feelings with a constant intensity. Even in the Baroque repertoire, she is keen to transcribe the lyricism, expressionism as well as sensuality of the pieces she performs.