February’s edition of Philharmonic at the Library treated music lovers to a night out at the Vienna Opera Ball on 20 February.
Each year, the famed Vienna State Opera is transformed into a lavish ballroom for the Vienna Opera Ball, which is graced by thousands of international celebrities in a tradition dating back to 1814.
The Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, a member of Qatar Foundation, evoked the atmosphere of the ball for a captivated audience at the Library with their memorable performance of selections from some of Austria's most famous 19th-century composers: Johann Strauss, Josef Strauss and Carl Michael Ziehrer.
Mahmood Atta was in the audience at the event, and after the performance said: “I am a committed fan of the Philharmonic at the Library series and have attended the last three concerts. It fascinates me how this series attracts hundreds of people each time. It brings together all elements of a new library such as books, being a community place, and providing the opportunity to learn through experiences.”
Another attendee, Majed Abduljabar, said: “Classical music is my favorite and I really enjoyed listening to some wonderful music tonight. People don’t get similar opportunities for free elsewhere and I will continue to indulge in this world-class music with friends by coming to this beautiful building every month.”