Mag. Gertrud Tauchhammer, publisher of SOCIETY Magazine, in cooperation with the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan with Ambassador H.E. Aftab Ahmad Khokher & Mrs Afshan Aftab Khokher invited to a festive reception and music evening under the motto “Tunes of Pakistan” in the beautiful halls of the Austrian National Library.
After welcoming the many guests that followed the invitation, the “official” part of the evening started with speeches by H.E. Aftab Ahmad Khokher, Mag. Gertrud Tauchhammer and Ambassador Dr. Teresa Indjein, Director General for International Cultural Relations at the Austrian Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Then, Ms. Afshan Aftab Khokher introduced the Pakistani musicians that then played on their traditional instruments and enchanted the audience. Their performance was followed by ensemble performances by opera singer Xin Wang and pianist Petra Hollaender-Pogády who sang and played the Austrian National Anthem together, just like the Pakistani musicians did afterwards as well. The National Anthem of Pakistan then constituted the grand finale of the musical evening.
Dr. Adrian Hollaender from the International Artists Agency Hollaender-Callix, who was also responsible for parts of the musical programme of the evening, led through the concert.
The event was accompanied by a rich buffet, where the guests could enjoy traditional Pakistani cuisine while engaging in interesting conversations – everything under the motto of celebrating the friendship between Austria and Pakistan.