Today the Berliner Philharmoniker Orchestra performed at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, UAE, as part of the Abu Dhabi Classics concert series.
The concert was a one night special performance integrated into the Orchestra’s world tour and hosted by the Abu Dhabi Classics. The premier performance, first in the region since their concerts at the Baalbeck Festival in 1968 and in Teheran in 1975, both conducted by Herbert von Karajan, represents a historic return for the Orchestra.
The concert was conducted by the critically acclaimed, Sir Simon Rattle, the Orchestra’s music director and artistic director of the Berliner Philharmoniker since 2002. Sir Simon Rattle’s visionary approach is said to have brought an incomparable sound and musicianship to the Orchestra which was evident throughout the concert. The programme contained pieces from Joseph Haydn, Alban Berg, Brett Dean and Johannes Brahms.
In a media briefing hosted by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) together with Abu Dhabi Classics and Deutsche Bank prior to the concert, Andreas Wittmann, a member of the board and a principle oboist with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Martin Hoffman, General Manager of the Berliner Philharmoniker both expressed their honour and pleasure to perform as a part of the Abu Dhabi Classics program. This is their first performance in the region since their last appearance in over 30 years, underlining the importance of Abu Dhabi’s role in hosting high profile cultural events in the region.
Till Janczukowicz, CEO of the Abu Dhabi Classics pointed out: “Sir Simon Rattle calls music a fundamental need that is an essential element in the life of each individual. We couldn’t agree more: the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage believes in the force of music as a tool of communication between cultures. The Berliner Philharmoniker’s concert at Abu Dhabi Classics underlines the credibility of our efforts and marks – in the third year - another milestone in our series.“
Ashok Aram, CEO of Deutsche Bank MENA said: “The Berliner Philharmoniker is a legendary name in the world of classical music. We are proud to partner with such an innovative and dedicated orchestra in their endeavor to shape the future of music. Its passion to perform, top quality and propensity to break new ground are characteristics that make it an ideal partner for Deutsche Bank.”
Together, Deutsche Bank and the Berliner Philharmoniker have launched the award-winning educational program Zukunft@BPhil which introduces children with diverse social and cultural backgrounds to the world of classical music. Since its launch the program has given more than 16,000 children and young adults the opportunity to discover their own individual talents, exceed personal limits and transcend cultural barriers. Deutsche Bank and the Berliner Philharmoniker’s latest initiative is the Digital Concert Hall which enables music enthusiasts to listen to live performances online.
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