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Universal expressions: Inspired by Louvre Abu Dhabi

The Emirati-French cultural programme, inspired by Louvre Abu Dhabi started on 16th of March with a performance by the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra at Manarat Al Saadiyat

The Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester (Youth Orchestra), led by internationally celebrated conductor, Christoph Eschenbach performed a concert overlooking the Louvre Abu Dhabi construction site featuring two world premiere commissions. The concert, titled Universal Expressions: Inspired by Louvre Abu Dhabi took place on Wednesday 16 March 2016 at Manarat Al Saadiyat on Saadiyat Island.

The evening began with Emirati composer Faisal Al Saari’s specially commissioned piece Zayed’s Dream, which linked and entwined the wide symphonic sounds of a classical orchestra with melodies and instruments from Emirati heritage. This was followed by a world premiere from one of today’s greatest living contemporary French composers, the director of the Conservatoire de Paris, Bruno Mantovani, Once Upon a Time. The Cello Fantasy was performed by one of today’s star soloists: Gautier Capuçon. Following the interval, the orchestra performed the spectacular symphonic piece, La Mer (The Sea) by impressionist composer, Claude Debussy.

Founded in 1986 by the famous late Claudio Abbado, the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester is one of the world’s most prestigious youth orchestras, performing at major venues and festivals with leading conductors and soloists such as Herbert Blomstedt, Myung-Whun Chung, Sir Colin Davis, Bernard Haitink, Pierre Boulez, Paavo Järvi or Philippe Jordan.