Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, United Arab Emirates Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Abu Dhabi Classics presents a new season of dynamic classical and traditional musical performances in the capital.

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with Daniel Harding

For decades, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra has been ranked among the very best orchestras in the world, alongside the Berlin Philharmonic and Vienna Philharmonic. Some of the greatest ever conductors, from Willem Mengelberg to Bernard Haitink and Riccardo Chailly, have worked with the orchestra and written music history.

For the first time in 10 years, the prestigious Concertgebouw Orchestra is now returning to the Gulf region, to offer music lovers some of the world’s most beautiful classical music. For its first night in Abu Dhabi, the orchestra will perform the composer with whom it is probably most closely linked: Gustav Mahler. Having performed some of the greatest Mahler recordings, the orchestra will play his last completed symphony: the majestic 9th.

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with Daniel Harding and Leonidas Kavakos

For its second concert in Abu Dhabi, the prestigious Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra will be playing an early performance designed with the goal of being both an experience for classical music lovers and to attract those who want to be introduced to it.

The programme features Beethoven’s popular 6th Symphony, the Pastorale, which reflects the feelings that nature’s beauty can arouse in the observer. The programme will offer music at its highest level and at the same time give a beautiful overview of what classical music is all about. For the Brahms violin concerto, the orchestra will be joined by one of today’s best and most revered violinists: Greek star Leonidas Kavakos, who will be playing in Abu Dhabi for the first time.

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