Salfiti: Friends of Jordan Festival is keen on cultural diversity in its events

Johann Strauss Orchestra live at Jabal Al Qal’a
July 19, 2011 - PRLog -- with a huge host of classical music fans in the audience, the internationally acclaimed Johann Strauss Orchestra played live, Monday, at Jabal Al Qal’a (Amman’s Citadel).

The event, organized by Friends of Jordan Festival (FJF), is one of two concerts conducted by Johann Strauss Orchestra during their Jordan tour.

The program included great blended Waltzes – like the Blue Danube -, tangos, polkas, and other similar ball music pieces.

The second event will be held in association with the Movenpick Hotel and Resorts, at the Movenpick Resort and Residence Aqaba in July 21, as part of the Orchestra’s exclusive tour in Jordan, supported by RBS Coutts.

“Classical music has its fans everywhere, regardless of age. As such, FJF made sure to host such an amazing, internationally acclaimed orchestra,” stated Isam Al Salfiti, Founding Member and Chairman of the Friends of Jordan Festival Organization.  

“We believe that this event, with its focus on prominent historical sites in Jordan will positively impact the Jordanian tourism, achieving various goals and objectives of our organization,” he added.

The events included a tour supported by the Swiss RBS Coutts bank, as part of its social and cultural program.

Johann Strauss Orchestra has been founded by conductor Herbert Siebert in 1979. In its maximum cast, it has the size of a philharmonic orchestra, with all possibilities to present demanding repertoire of the popular classic genre. The Johann Strauss Orchestra is one of the best-known German orchestras combining serious classical music with sophisticated entertainment; a mixture, which has become a brand mark within the music scene.

“The FJF is keen on supporting and organizing similar events for its international status, cultural, and touristic values it brings to Jordan,” stated Souha Al Bawab, Founding Member and Executive Director of Friends of Jordan Festival.

She further established the organization’s non-profit stand, being supervised by volunteers with the aim of supporting cultural and touristic activities in the Kingdom.

RBS Coutts is the wealth management arm of the Royal Bank of Scotland, and is considered a sister company for RBS. RBS Coutts draws its knowledge and centuries of private banking experience from two of Europe's oldest established private banks - Coutts & Co, a UK private bank which can trace its roots to 1692, and Bank von Ernst, a leader in Swiss private banking since 1869.
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