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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Second Abu Dhabi Classics Season Began Oct. 23

New York Philharmonic, Philharmonia of London, Vienna Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden and Mahler Chamber Orchestra to perform in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain

Opera programming includes a Wagner Opera Gala performed by the Bavarian State Orchestra and acts from Verdi’s La Traviata and Rigoletto performed by the Orchestra e Coro del Teatro La Fenice

Second Abu Dhabi Classics season expands education programs and children’s concerts

The second Abu Dhabi Classics season will open on Friday, October 23 with a sold-out concert by the New York Philharmonic and Music Director Alan Gilbert at the Emirates Palace Auditorium in Abu Dhabi. The second season will present classical music concerts in the United Arab Emirates cities of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain with a focus on presenting core repertoire and expanded education activities. The season runs through May 2010.

Abu Dhabi Classics is the first year-round and most significant performing arts series in the Arab world. Last year, the inaugural series of concerts attracted 35,000 people. Under the patronage of H. E. Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, the series is presented by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage and forms a central part of the Authority’s cultural vision for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Every season, between October and May, indoor and outdoor venues host concerts by top international classical music stars and ensembles. In partnership with some of the most distinguished music institutions in the world, Abu Dhabi Classics is also initiating various education programs that take place under the umbrella of the Abu Dhabi Classics Academy and include affiliations with local schools, universities and other institutions.

The New York Philharmonic and Music Director Alan Gilbert will make their United Arab Emirates debut performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with soloist Emanuel Ax and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 on Friday, October 23 and then perform Brahms’ Violin Concerto with Frank Peter Zimmermann and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in Al Ain on Saturday, October 24. In addition to the New York Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Orchestra from London and the Vienna Philharmonic will make return visits and all three orchestras will present children’s concerts. Concerts will also be presented by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden.

Visiting artists during the 2009-10 season include violinists Anne-Sophie Mutter and Frank Peter Zimmermann, pianists Emanuel Ax, Christoph Eschenbach and Kit Armstrong, percussionist Evelyn Glennie, and conductors Lorin Maazel, Seiji Ozawa, Myung-Whun Chung, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and John Fiore. Program highlights include the continuation of the cycle of Mahler symphonies, the start of a Beethoven symphonic cycle, family events, children’s concerts as well as a Valentine’s Day gala concert. (Full program details and schedule follow.)

Opera programming includes a Wagner Opera Gala presented by the Bavarian State Opera, conductor Thomas Hengelbrock and soloists Petra Lang, Klaus Florian Vogt, and Venice’s Teatro La Fenice returns to perform acts from Verdi’s Rigoletto and La Traviata with conductor John Fiore and soloists Ramon Vargas, Franco Vassallo, Nino Machaidze and Julia Gertseva.

The partnership between Abu Dhabi Classics and the existing Al Ain Classics series, under the patronage of H. H. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs, continues to expand significantly. In addition to the Al Ain Classics Festival in March 2010, Al Ain will host the New York Philharmonic, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro La Fenice, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra under conductor Daniel Harding and the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg during the upcoming season.

H. E. Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, chairman of the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, said: “The association between Abu Dhabi Classics and Al Ain Classics is of significant strategic importance. Underlining the unique role of the scenic oasis city of Al Ain, this artistic association will assist in creating international visibility for Al Ain, the heritage pearl of the UAE.”

“We are thrilled to once again present a concert season of internationally renowned ensembles and musicians in the United Arab Emirates,” said Mohammed Khalaf Al Mazrouei, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH). “The first Abu Dhabi Classics season was enthusiastically embraced by audiences and showed that we have a big audience for quality classical music performances.”

ADACH Director of Arts and Culture, Abdullah Al Ameri, pointed out that “Abu Dhabi Classics represents the determination and persistence of the UAE capital to make art, music and culture part of everyday life, and to become a leading center in the cultural world.”

Executive Director Till Janczukowicz said: “Classical music or a classical composer is not the property of a single nation. Germany does not own Beethoven, France does not own Ravel. All nations have clear responsibilities of safeguarding the traditions of their composers, but in the end, all these geniuses have contributed to a universal language that is understood internationally. This series is a great cultural opportunity in a globalized world.”

Referring to the mission of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain Classics, Mr. Janczukowicz emphasized the importance of the core repertoire: “In order to set substantial ground for a sustainable musical life, it is essential to present the core classical and romantic repertoire performed by the best possible musicians. It is a vital role of Abu Dhabi Classics to expose and promote an honest and deeply human language that goes – as Beethoven said – directly from heart to heart.”

Music lectures, round-table discussions and pre-concert talks will enhance the concerts and give audiences the opportunity to find out more about the music being performed.

For more information about Abu Dhabi Classics, a full schedule, travel information and tickets, visit www.abudhabiclassics.com

ABU DHABI CLASSICS 2009-10 season

October 2009

Fri, Oct 23, 8 pm
Emirates Palace Auditorium

“SYMPHONIC MASTERWORKS – THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC”

Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
Conductor: Alan Gilbert
Soloist: Emanuel Ax, piano
Program:
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 4
MAHLER Symphony No. 1

Pre-Concert Talk
Title: The Titan – Mahler’s Symphony No. 1
Venue: Emirates Palace
Time: 6 pm

Sat, Oct 24, 10.30 am - FREE
Emirates Palace Auditorium

“YOUNG PEOPLE’S CONCERT WITH MEMBERS OF THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC”

Conductor: Daniel Boico
Host: Theodore Wiprud
Program:
Works by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven and more.

Kidzone project: try out the instruments – Starts at 9:30 am

Sat, Oct24, 8 pm
Al Jahili Fort, Al Ain
Presented as part of the Al Ain Classics Festival

“SYMPHONIC MASTERWORKS - THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC IN AL AIN”

Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
Conductor: Alan Gilbert
Soloist: Frank Peter Zimmermann, violin
Program:
BRAHMS Violin concerto
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7


November 2009

Fri, Nov 27, 8 pm
Emirates Palace Auditorium

“SYMPHONIC MASTERWORKS FROM FRANCE”

Orchestra: Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France
Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung
Program:
RAVEL Ma Mère l’Oye (full version)
BERLIOZ Symphonie Fantastique


Sat, Nov 28, 7 pm
Abu Dhabi Theatre

“STARS OF TOMORROW”

Young instrumentalists of the renowned St. Petersburg Music School
Program: works by Mendelssohn, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Ravel and others



December 2009

Sat Dec 5, 8 pm
Emirates Palace Auditorium

“SYMPHONIC MASTERWORKS – ‘CLASSICAL’ MOZART AND ‘ROMANTIC’ BRUCKNER”

Orchestra: Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden
Conductor and soloist: Christoph Eschenbach, piano
Program:
MOZART Piano Concerto A major KV 414
BRUCKNER Symphony No. 4 “Romantische”

Pre-Concert Round Table Discussion
Title: Romantic Music in Germany - What is Romantic Music?
Participants: Prof. Peter Ruzicka (Hamburg)
Prof. Dr. Martin Huber (Hagen)
Prof. Dr. Jean-Pierre Lefebvre (ENS Paris)
Venue: Emirates Palace
Time: 6 pm

Sun Dec 6, 6 pm
Emirates Palace Auditorium

“SAINT NICHOLAS CONCERT – A MUSICAL FESTIVAL FOR CHILDREN”

Orchestra: Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden
Narrator: To be announced
Soloists: Students from the Abu Dhabi Classics Academy
Program:
Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART Overture
Leopold MOZART Children’s Symphony
Sergej PROKOFIEV Peter and the Wolf


January 2010

Thurs, Jan 14, 8 pm
Emirates Palace Auditorium

“SYMPHONIC MASTERWORKS – MOZART & BEETHOVEN”

Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Soloist: Kit Armstrong, piano
Program:
MOZART Piano Concerto K. 271 “Jeunhomme”
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5


Fri, Jan 15, 6 pm
Emirates Palace Auditorium

“DISNEY IN CONCERT”

Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: Allan Wilson
Narrator: Paul Rissman
Choir: Abu Dhabi Children’s Choir
Program: Disney in Concert

Sat, Jan 23, 8 pm
Emirates Palace Auditorium

“MAGIC OF THE VIOLIN – ANNE SOPHIE MUTTER”

Soloists: Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin
Daniel Müller-Schott, cello
Lambert Orkis, piano
Program:
MOZART Trio KV 502 B flat Major
André PREVIN Piano Trio
MENDELSSOHN Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor Op. 49


February 2010

Sun, Feb 14, 8 pm
Emirates Palace Auditorium

“VALENTINE’S GALA”

Program to be announced

Mon, Feb 15, 8 pm
Emirates Palace Auditorium

“SYMPHONIC MASTERWORKS – LORIN MAAZEL & THE VIENNA PHILHARMONIC”

Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic
Conductor: Lorin Maazel
Program:
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6
DEBUSSY La Mer
RAVEL Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2

Tues, Feb 16, 10.30 am - FREE
Emirates Palace Auditorium
“THE VIENNA PHILHARMONIC’S YOUNG PEOPLE’S CONCERT”

Conductor: Lorin Maazel
Program: BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6


March 2010

Tues, Mar 2, 8 pm
Emirates Palace Auditorium

“SYMPHONIC MASTERWORKS – SEIJI OZAWA CONDUCTS MODERN CLASSICS”

Orchestra: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
Programme:
MOZART Divertimento
BARTOK Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta
PROKOFIEV Romeo and Juliet


Fri, Mar 5, 8 pm
Al Jahili Fort
Presented as part of the Al Ain Classics Festival

“SYMPHONIC MASTERWORKS IN AL JAHILI – FROM THE NEW WORLD”

Orchestra: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Conductor: Daniel Harding
Soloist: Fazil Say, piano
Programme:
BERNSTEIN Candide Overture
GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue
DVORAK Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”

Pre-Concert Talk
Title: Antonín Dvorák and the New World
Venue: Al Ain / Al Jahili Fort
Time: 6 pm


April 2010

Sat, Apr 17, 8 pm
Al Jahili Fort
Presented as part of the Al Ain Classics Festival

“THE MAGIC OF OPERA IN AL JAHILI”

Orchestra: Orchestra e Coro del Teatro La Fenice
Conductor: John Fiore

Programme: The most beautiful opera choirs and overtures

Pre-Concert Talk
Title: Maria Callas and La Traviata: History of a magic relationship
Venue: Emirates Palace
Time: 6 pm

Sun, Apr 18, 8 pm
Emirates Palace Auditorium 

“MAGIC OF OPERA - GIUSEPPE VERDI’S LA TRAVIATA & RIGOLETTO”

Orchestra: Orchestra e Coro del Teatro La Fenice
Conductor: John Fiore
Soloists: Ramon Vargas, tenor
Franco Vassallo, baritone
Nino Machaidze, soprano
 Julia Gertseva, mezzo-soprano
Programme:
VERDI La Traviata Act II
VERDI Rigoletto, Act III


Thur, Apr 29, 8 pm
Emirates Palace Auditorium

“WAGNER OPERA GALA”

Orchestra: Bavarian State Orchestra
Conductor: Thomas Hengelbrock
Soloists: To be announced

Programme: Excerpts from Tannhäuser, Fliegender Holländer, Meistersinger von Nürnberg and more.

Pre-Concert Talk April 28 & 29
Title: Richard Wagner’s Myths
Venue: Emirates Palace
Time: 6 pm


May 2010

Fri, May 14, 7 pm
Abu Dhabi Theatre

“LISTEN – THE WORLD’S FOREMOST SOLO PERCUSSIONIST”

Concert and Masterclass called “experience rhythm, experience listening” with Evelyn Glennie, the world’s first solo percussionist.

Sat, May 15, 8 pm
Emirates Palace Auditorium

“THE ‘BEST OF BRITISH’ GALA”

Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra
Conductor: Keith Lockhart
Programme: The Best of British Gala including popular favourites from the Last Night of the Proms.

Tickets for Non-UAE and NON-GCC residents
Abu Dhabi Classics Ticket Office
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Phone
+49 (0)30 23 60 78 – 444
Fax +49 (0)30 23 60 78 – 381

e-mail abudhabiclassics@triad.de

www.abudhabiclassics.com
Tickets for UAE and GCC residents
Online ticket sales available at www.timeouttickets.com

Phone Toll Free within the UAE 800-4669
BOX OFFICE: Virgin Megastores

Subscription packages are available. For more information please email subscription@abudhabiclassics.com

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