The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to position the Accra Symphony Orchestra (ASO) as the City's Orchestra and a cultural ambassador to be more accessible and entertain residents.


Per the MoU, the AMA is expected to provide the necessary platform for the ASO to share its musical experience with residents in Accra and feature ASO in all relevant international sister city programs.


The ASO on its part, by the terms of the MoU, is also expected to create and implement programs at parks and event centres within the city as well as  train the youth and citizens in classical and opera music in order to nurture and develop musical talents.


The ASO, as part of its obligations, is expected to represent the city of Accra at international musical competitions, tours and recordings and to help  promote the city as a hub for  arts and culture in the world.


The parties to the MOU also agreed to maintain their own separate and unique mandates and missions so that the co-operation between the two parties shall not be construed to mean the creation of a distinct entity.


The Chief Executive  Officer of the AMA, Mohammed Adjei Sowah,  who signed the MOU on behalf of the Assembly on Wednesday, said the  partnership was mutually beneficial, adding that the Assembly would support the  orchestra to promote the city of Accra.


Mr Sowah said it was intention of the Assembly to provide a unique opportunity for city dwellers to enjoy the city by not only providing green spaces for relaxation but also good music to provide some calm within the hustle and bustel of their daily lives.


He disclosed that the Assembly would construct a central park with a theatre next year to serve as an entertainment centre for residents.


"Next year God Willing we are going to see major transformation in the city of Accra ...We are going to see a massive change in the city of Accra where we are going to have an Accra Central Park with a theatre for all of us to come and play and enjoy ," he said.


Madam Korkor Amarteifio, Executive Director of ASO, in a statement, was grateful for the support and gave the assurance that the ASO would represent the city and position it as a cultural metropolis of international standard and was hopeful to create new audiences and musicians.


Dr Mensah Otabil, founder of ASO, pledged the Orchestra’s commitment to western classical orchestra music, operatic music as well as reinterpreting African music in the orchestra style.


"We want to make the city of Accra a major center for the expression of music and we trust that this collaboration will help to make Accra a great and wonderful place to be," he said.


Source: AMA (PR Unit)