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’.
Tickets are available on www.ticketmaster.ae
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