World Premiere Performance Inspired by Louvre Abu Dhabi to Take Place This Month

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

Abu Dhabi, 1 March 2016: The Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester (Youth Orchestra), led by internationally celebrated conductor, Christoph Eschenbach will perform a concert overlooking the Louvre Abu Dhabi construction site featuring two world premiere commissions. The concert, titled Universal Expressions: Inspired by Louvre Abu Dhabi takes place on Wednesday 16 March 2016 at Manarat Al Saadiyat on Saadiyat Island.

The evening will begin with Emirati composer Faisal Al Saari’s specially commissioned piece Zayed’s Dream, which will link and entwine the wide symphonic sounds of a classical orchestra with melodies and instruments from Emirati heritage. This will be 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 will be performed by one of today’s star soloists: Gautier Capuçon. Following the interval, the orchestra will perform the spectacular symphonic piece, La Mer (The Sea) by impressionist composer, Claude Debussy.

In the context of the Emirati-French cultural dialogue, this concert is part of a prestigious programme initiated by TCA Abu Dhabi and French authorities, leading up to the opening of Louvre Abu Dhabi.

HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of TCA Abu Dhabi, said: “The Emirati-French cultural programme is a reflection of the longstanding cultural partnership between Abu Dhabi and France. Launching the programme with the renowned Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester performing for the first time in the UAE, with the world premiere of musical compositions, celebrates Louvre Abu Dhabi’s value of universality and its openness to world cultures.”

HE Michel Miraillet, Ambassador of France to the UAE said: “This moment embodies the continued dialogue between the UAE and France. In an important year for bilateral relations between our two countries, it will be wonderful to see works by an Emirati and a French composer, performed by a European orchestra with one of the best French soloists, and directed by the former Director of the Orchestre de Paris”.

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.

The orchestra that will stay in residence in Abu Dhabi for 3 weeks, will also play two further performances, one in Al Ain (Al Jahili Fort) and one in Abu Dhabi (Emirates Palace) as part of the Abu Dhabi Classics international concert series.


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