Massive new music concert series launched in Abu Dhabi

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Musical stars from all over the globe will be taking centre stage in Abu Dhabi for a huge new concert series.
The eight-month-long Music Programme, which is being fronted by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, will see a wide variety of Arabian and Western performers and orchestras, plus an extensive programme of musical events, taking place all across the emirate.

The Music Programme, which is a key part of the cultural vision for the city, will include the return of the Abu Dhabi Classics (running from October until next May), the Bait Al Oud Concert Series and the Emirati Music Years (both running all year-round).

Alongside the concerts, performances and renditions from world-class musicians will be a vibrant public programme featuring talks, masterclasses and lectures across Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi Classics, which is for the first time being organised in partnership with the live events company Flash Entertainment, begins a new season on October 12 with a concert by the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra from Switzerland in the stunning setting of Al Jahili Fort in Al Ain for an evening of Grieg, Wagner and Beethoven.

The following night, the orchestra, which was established in 1806, will perform repertoires from Rossini, Rachmaninoff and Brahms in Abu Dhabi. Both nights will feature US piano maestro Nicholas Angelich.

Further concerts as part of Abu Dhabi Classics are set to be announced soon.

Complementing the Music Programme will be the Emirati Music Series which includes a series of concerts starring prominent Emirati singers and musicians including Ahmed Al Hosani, Said Al Salem and Oud master Faisal Al Saari.

Highlights of the series will be a performance by Emirati singer Ahmed Al Hosani on Delma Island in December which will see him joined by fellow musicians for a programme of classical and modern Arabic music, while another concert featuring Faisal Al Saari at Manarat Al Saadiyat will see Emirati singers and musicians perform the poems of Sheikh Zayed, in honour of the former President and to mark 2018 as the Year of Sheikh Zayed.

Bait Al Oud, a leading musical academy in the UAE under the artistic direction of Oud Legend Naseer Shamma, will hold a series of concerts and performances as part of the Music Programme.

Graduation ceremonies for students trained to play the Oud and Qanoon are to be held at various locations in the emirate, while guest musicians will perform with members of Bait Al Oud for a concert scheduled to be held at Qasr Al Muwaiji in Al Ain this December.

“Bait Al Oud plays an essential role in documenting Arab music heritage and helps restore the role of music as a fundamental element in the cultural life of the UAE,” added Ghobash.

A new series of Umsiyat - a programme of outdoor performances combining music and poetry which celebrates the heritage of the UAE – will kick off next January.

The last edition of Umsiyat combined music and poetry from the United Arab Emirates, Azerbaijan, Lebanon, Pakistan and Turkey and featured some of the most renowned artists in their field including performers such as Faiz Ali Faiz and Alim Qasimov.

His Excellency Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, said: “Music has played an essential role in Emirati life for centuries, binding people together and leaving a legacy that we have a duty to preserve long into the future.

“Our Music Programme blends classical and contemporary, spans different continents and cultures, and has a central theme of unifying different age groups and nationalities through a collective passion for music.

“We aim to inspire the younger generation and show that music is a universal language. Our Music Programme will invite leading Emirati artists and world-class orchestras to Abu Dhabi and will underline the emirate’s status as an international destination for culture and arts.”

For information on this season’s Music Programme visit

By Chris Maxwell
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

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