French embassy celebrates World Music Day

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 19:29, Jun 23,2019


Asian University for Women choir performs at the French embassy on Friday. — New Age photo

The French embassy celebrated the World Music Day on the premises of the Embassies of France and Germany at Baridhara on Friday in which the 36-member Asian University for Women choir presented 10 ancient compositions in French glorifying joy, peace and solidarity.

The choir, conducted by Selvam Thorez, the director of Alliance Francaise Chittagong, performed like the professional French speaking singers though the members of the troupe are students from different Asian countries named Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Syria, Myanmar, Nepal and Bhutan studying at the univrsity.

The show began with presentation of Hodie Christus natus est, a Gregorian chant sung at the Holy Christmas. They also performed several other popular church music like the Gregorian chant Salve Regina and the Christmas carol Gaudete christus est.

Their presentation of the 16th century French composer Alessandro Costantini’s composition Confitemini Domino got huge response from the audience members, including, delegates from different foreign missions.

The French ambassador Marie-Annick Bourdin told New Age that she was very impressed by the presentation of the choir.

‘This is for the first time the embassy organised a programme celebrating the World Music Day and we want to continue it may be in different format next time,’ she said.

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