Abu Dhabi Classics – the classical music concert season returns from October 2014 to May 2015, bringing some of the most prominent musical talent and orchestras to the emirate to reflect the excellence it has achieved in the field of culture.
The season is dedicated to the figure of the traveller, offering a wide range of musical explorations through the finest classical music from East and West.
Events will take place in different venues: Emirates Palace Auditorium, Manarat Al Saadiyat Auditorium, Abu Dhabi Theatre and important historic sites in Al Ain including Al Jahili Fort. Up to 12 concerts are planned for the 2014/2015 season featuring artistes from over 20 countries with further expansion on the cards.
The curtain will rise on October 14, 2014 with a solo piano recital dedicated to Chopin’s travels by French prodigy Lydie Solomon who will make her Arabian debut at Manarat Al Saadiyat.
October 28th- Abu Dhabi Theatre
Gidon Kremer and the Kremerata Baltica
Abu Dhabi Theatre will host world-renowned classical violinist Gidon Kremer and the Kremerata Baltica chamber orchestra, which he founded.
Dec 15th – Corniche Breakwater, Abu Dhabi
The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
This classical concert in the UAE capital will be one of the highlights of the musical season. The internationally renowned and innovative musical ensemble was founded in 1920, with an inaugural concert conducted by Sir Edward Elgar, whose Enigma-Variations will be part of the concert programme along with major pieces from Bruch and Britten.
Dec 16th – Al Jahili Fort, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi
The second concert from the renowned City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra will be performed at the historic Al Jahili Fort in the emirate’s cultural heartland of Al Ain. It will feature extracts from music by legendary Hollywood composer John Williams, responsible for classics such as Star Wars, Superman and ET, and prominent Indian composer A.R. Rahman, who wrote the scores for Taal, Bombay and Lagaan.
Music from the first Star Wars film, originally released in 1977, will be performed by CBSO under the stars in Al Ain at the atmospheric former ruler’s residence of Al Jahili Fort.
January 7th - Manarat Al Saadiyat Arts and Culture Centre
The critically acclaimed pianist Khatia Buniatishvili will make her debut appearance in the region when she performs at the Abu Dhabi Classics.
The Virtuoso Georgian soloist will play music from her latest CD - ‘Motherland’ which draws on influences from her homeland and wonderfully reflects this season’s theme of ‘The Traveller’.
February 17th - Emirates Palace Auditorium
Symphonic Concert 1: Strauss-Bruckner
The programme for the Staatskapelle Dresden's UAE capital debut concert is set to be one that very few orchestras and few conductors would dare, and reflects the talent of this fascinating collaboration.
Following Richard Strauss’ transcending orchestral piece Metamorphosen, Study for 23 Strings, Christian Thielemann and the Staatskapelle Dresden will challenge one of the most breath-taking pieces of symphonic repertoire: Anton Bruckner’s 9th Symphony, that like no other, explores the possibility of building and exploring a musical universe in both a monumental and lyrical way.
February 18th - Al Jahili Fort, Al Ain
Symphonic Concert 2: Liszt-Wagner-Strauss
For their second concert in the emirate, Christian Thielemann and Staatskapelle Dresden will perform in the splendid Al Jahili Fort in Al Ain.
This evening will feature some of the greatest romantic music ever written, including Franz Liszt’s symphonic poem Orpheus and Richard Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, a symphonic composition Wagner offered his second wife Cosima as a tribute in gratitude for the birth of their son Siegfried.
April 28th - Emirates Palace Auditorium
Orchestra Accademia Teatro alla Scala
As part of the Abu Dhabi Classics season, Milan’s highly acclaimed Scala Academy orchestra comes to Abu Dhabi with one of today’s top young conductors, Mikhail Tatarnikov, music director of the legendary Mikhailovsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia.
On the programme for their first Abu Dhabi Classics season concert are Schumann’s fantastic Piano Concerto in A minor performed with French piano star David Fray and Tchaikovski’s Symphony Nr. 4, which like no other piece of the late 19th century expresses the struggle of high human aspirations amongst an increasingly deceiving reality.
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