Abu Dhabi Classics season opens with the inspiring sound of The Lucerne Symphony Orchestra in Al Ain and Abu Dhabi.
One of Europe’s most celebrated and eminent music ensembles, the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, with American conductor James Gaffigan and American soloist Nicholas Angelich, are getting ready for their first-ever appearance in the emirate, marking the commencement of the seventh edition of Abu Dhabi Classics international concert season.
Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates and organised by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), the Abu Dhabi Classics programme is launching a new season from October 2017 until April 2018, and it continues to bring leading contemporary artists from around the world to present unique genres of classical music to the residents and visitors of the emirate of Abu Dhabi.
Presenting two magical nights, the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra is set to kick-off the new season of Abu Dhabi Classics, providing the Emirati public a panorama of compositions in the “Music of the Romantic Age” performances, creating a tasteful juxtaposition between Classical and Romantic musical styles.
The first concert will take place at Al Jahili Fort in Al Ain on Thursday 12 October and will see the distinguished orchestra playing Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto, which was composed in 1868 and is a known influence by one of the fathers of the Romantic Movement in music, German composer Robert Schumann. The evening will continue with the Symphonic Poem Richard Wagner offered his wife Cosima for the birth of their son Siegfried in 1869. In the second part of the programme, the audience will experience one of Beethoven’s most popular Symphonies: the 4th Symphony written in 1806.
For the second concert, set for Friday 13 October at the stunning Emirates Palace, the orchestra will continue to showcase the music of the Romantic age, exploring Italy and France with Gioachino Rossini’s famous Overture to his Grand Opera Guillaume Tell (1829). Admirers of Rachmaninov, considered the “last of the romantics” in Russian classical music, will be delighted to hear Sergei Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 composed in 1900-1901. Completing the evening with a contrasting composition will be Brahms First Symphony (1876), mesmerising the audience with his interpretation of Beethoven’s music.
The Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, also known as the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, was founded in 1805/06 and is Switzerland’s oldest symphony orchestras. Their dynamic ensemble consists of 66 musicians displaying their talents across the Violin, Viola, Violoncello, Kontrabass, Flöte, Oboe, Klarinette, Fagott, Horn, Trompete, Posaune, Tuba, Pauken, Schlagzeug and Harfe. The orchestra, in its 200-year old history has established itself as a champion of modern music and as one of the leading mediators of tradition and innovation, focusing on forming the creative balance between the classical-romantic repertoires.
Before the performance on Friday 13 October a pre-concert discussion will be led by Dr Ronald Perlwitz, head of TCA Abu Dhabi Music Programme about Brahms 1st Symphony, starting at 7:15pm. The pre-talk will be free to all ticket holders
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