SHEREEN SHABNAM PORSCHE

Cars and music….two things together that mean that I am usually not too far away or at least get a wind of…:). A new composition inspired by the famous Porsche 911 GT1 racing car was given its world premiere by the uncrowned kings of classical saxophone music in Dubai – I wasn’t there which means the event didn’t exactly have the diva touch but I thought since it is a unique combination of the two things I love so much, I just had to put my two cents worth in.

The world-renowned Raschèr Saxophone Quartet from Germany delivered their first public performance of the intriguing work with the title “Straßenversion” (‘street legal’ in English), in the second concert of The Score Classical 2013 series at Dubai’s Madinat Theatre at Souk Madinat Jumeirah. The title of the new composition stems from a desire by Joanna Marsh – a British composer currently residing in Dubai – to write a piece with a subject strongly linked to Dubai.

It is named after the “Straßenversion”, the road legal version of the Porsche 911 GT1 racing car built in 1997, and Marsh has dedicated the piece to Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, the designer of Porsches iconic 911, who died last year. The appearance of the Rascher Saxophone Quartet from Germany was a rare treat for Dubai music lovers. The quartet appears regularly at major concert halls around the world and has inspired over 450 composers to dedicate music to them….keep an eye out for them next time!

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