Abu Dhabi Classics is back after a three-year break with prominent music talent and orchestras to Saadiyat Island. Reintroduced by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), the 2014-15 season will run from October to May. The event will be held on the theme of ‘The Traveller’ through a wide range of musical exploration that will highlight classical music from East and West.
“This is a very welcome return of a series which found a strong local, regional and international following and we are confident that the powerful line-up of both established and upcoming global talent will resonate with worldwide classical music lovers,” said HE Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, chairman, TCA Abu Dhabi.
Up to 12 concerts are planned for the 2014-15 season featuring artistes from over 20 countries with further expansion on the cards. “For future seasons, we are planning to steadily increase number of events to meet both public demand and to strengthen focus on education,” added Sheikh Sultan.
The season will open on 14 October with a concert at Manarat Al Saadiyat on Saadiyat Island, dedicated to Chopin’s travels, by Lydie Soloman. Further on 28 October, Abu Dhabi Theatre will host classical violinist Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica chamber orchestra, which he founded.
In addition to its main programme, the season will also focus on significant role of education and transfer of music knowledge, with artists visiting schools and universities in Abu Dhabi to encourage passion of young artistes.