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West Australian Symphony Orchestra to open the Abu Dhabi Classics

September 29, 2016 Whats On No Comments Email Email

A dynamic new season of classical and traditional music featuring world-class performers and orchestras from around the world has been revealed today by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi).


The diverse program of events, starting next month and running until May 2017, will be held at leading venues across the emirate and include performances, talks, masterclasses and lectures from some of the leading contemporary musicians from across the world.

The season launches on 6 October with a performance by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra at Emirates Palace Auditorium with a Richard Wagner Gala Night.  The orchestra, under the baton of world-renowned conductor Sir Richard Armstrong, will be welcomed for the first time to the UAE.  The orchestra will be accompanied by star tenor Simon O’Neill.

H.E Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General, TCA Abu Dhabi said “We are immensely proud of our rich musical heritage and this is reflected in our music program which has been designed to promote traditional Emirati music and blend it with unforgettable performances from stand-out musicians and orchestras”.

“It is important for us to make our program as inclusive and appealing as possible to all nationalities and ages so they can be inspired by the music they hear in Abu Dhabi.

Returning for a third consecutive year, Abu Dhabi Classics promises a superb selection of artists and orchestras under the theme of ‘One Thousand and One Nights’ including a concert by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra – currently regarded as the best and most prestigious orchestra in the world.

The Abu Dhabi Classics season will also feature a solo piano recital by virtuoso Helene Grimaud from France, the Symphony Orchestra of India and the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse.


Another special guest is Grammy and Academy Award-nominated composer and pianist, Stephan Moccio, who is considered today one the most prominent names in the music world as he has written and produced some of the biggest pop hits of the last 20 years.

He will perform both his classical and pop music together with an international orchestra of young soloists this December at Emirates Palace.

Not only will the season cover most of the musical pieces inspired by the Arabian Nights, but also, through works like Mozart’s Don Giovanni or some of Wagner’s great operas, Abu Dhabi Classics will look at the different ways folk tales and the famous ‘story within a story’ technique have been integrated in musical dramas. It will be a program of emotions and dreams deeply rooted in the imagery of the Middle East.

Tickets for the Abu Dhabi Classics performances, as well as Season Tickets, are available from

For a full calendar of events see


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