The sound of music

Abu Dhabi Classics returned to the emirate last month for an exciting new season of sensational musical performances. The soulful strains of the violin ushered in a brand new season of classical music in the UAE capital last month. The prestigious Camerata Salzburg Orchestra took to the stage at Emirates Palace Auditorium on October 12 with violin virtuoso Renaud Capuçon for a performance to remember. Celebrating the evolution of music through the years, the ensemble presented popular works from the Viennese Classical Period to the New Music Era including Mozart’s Violin Concertos 4 and 5 and Satie’s Gnossiennes – a fitting opening to yet another exciting season of Abu Dhabi Classics.

Upcoming performances

Ballet performance by La Scala Academy Rising Stars

  • November 9, 2018 at 8pm
  • Emirates Palace Auditorium

Harp recital by Xavier de Maistre

  • December 6 and 7, 2018 at 8pm
  • Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi   and Bin Hamoodah Fort, Al Ain

The Valkyrie – Bayreuth Festival

  • January 30 and February 1, 2019 at 7pm
  • Emirates Palace Auditorium

Piano Recital by Ran Jia

  • April 19, 2019 at 8pm
  • Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi

Now in its ninth year, Abu Dhabi Classics has successfully carved a niche for itself as one of the nation’s foremost music festivals. With an ever-expanding roster of internationally acclaimed artists and growing audiences, each year, the programme brings soul-stirring experiences to audiences in the emirate. The current season promises to outdo previous events with a packed line-up that’s not to be missed.

Among the many artists and acts set to perform in the capital over the next few months, there’s one name that’s already making history. Abu Dhabi Classics will play host to a world-renowned Bayreuth Festival production, marking the troupe’s international opera debut – the first outside of Germany. The artists will bring Richard Wagner’s acclaimed production The Valkyrie to the UAE for the first time, led by Wagner’s great-granddaughter Katharina Wagner herself. It is well-known that obtaining tickets to a Bayreuth Festival production is no easy feat, with waiting sometimes extending for up to 10 years. But fans in the UAE can now enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to catch the iconic musical drama at Emirates Palace Auditorium early next year.

Also set to perform this season is renowned French harpist Xavier de Maistre, who will welcome audiences with two captivating performances later this year at Manarat Al Saadiyat and Bin Hamoodah Fort in Al Ain. The festival will also see Chinese pianist Ran Jia returning to Abu Dhabi in 2019 for a solo recital and La Scala Academy Rising Stars gracing the stage at Emirates Palace Auditorium for three engaging ballet performances. With so much on offer, the current edition of Abu Dhabi Classics is sure to hit the right note with the capital’s musical crowd.

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