Staatskapelle Dresden’s at Emirates Palace

Abu Dhabi, UAE – December 7, 2017: Having attracted high profile guests including HE Noura Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, HE Ahmed Juma Al Zaabi, Deputy Minister of Presidential Affairs, the Chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Director General HE Saif Saeed Ghobash and other dignitaries during the first night of performance, the magnificent Emirates Palace was the scene for yet another mesmerising showcase of musical artistry as part of the Abu Dhabi Classics 2017-2018 season.
Voted “Orchestra of the Year” in 2013 by a panel of 50 international music critics, the German-based Staatskapelle Dresden Orchestra ended their fourth visit to the capital on a high note, performing alongside the legendary pianist Rudolf Buchbinder for the second and final instalment of the two-night showcase.
Brought to the UAE under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates, and organised by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, the Abu Dhabi Classics programme hosted Rudolf Buchbinder for the first time in the Emirate.
Buchbinder enamoured audiences by showcasing the passionate intensity of Viennese classical music performance and philosophy by not only playing the piano to the highest standard of musical mastery, but simultaneously conducting the 43-artist strong Orchestra.
The Orchestra together with the renowned pianist took to the stage at Emirates Palace, presenting the complete cycle of five piano concertos by Ludwig van Beethoven, playing Beethoven’s piano concertos 1 to 5 across both evenings. Classical music purists and audiences keen to experience outstanding artistic performance enjoyed innovative musical expressions synonymous with the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras.
Tickets are now on sale at and all Virgin Megastores across the UAE to the upcoming concert instalment of Abu Dhabi Classics, where South Korean rising star and Chopin competition gold medallist Seong-Jin Cho will play in two spectacular Piano Recitals at the Arts Centre New York University Abu Dhabi, as well as at the Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara on the 7th and 8th of February 2018. Guests can secure hotel packages for the Seong-Jin Cho concert by visiting
This season’s Abu Dhabi Classics programme, which runs until May 2018, is organised by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi and produced by Flash Entertainment.
The Department of Culture and Tourism conserves and promotes the heritage and culture of Abu Dhabi emirate and leverages them in the development of a world-class, sustainable destination of distinction, which enriches the lives of visitors and residents alike. The organisation manages the emirate’s tourism sector and markets the destination internationally through a wide range of activities aimed at attracting visitors and investment. Its policies, plans and programmes relate to the preservation of heritage and culture, including protecting archaeological and historical sites and to developing museums, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Zayed National Museum and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. TCA Abu Dhabi supports intellectual and artistic activities and cultural events to nurture a rich cultural environment and honour the emirate’s heritage. A key role is to create synergy in the destination’s development through close co-ordination with its wide-ranging stakeholder base.
Based in Abu Dhabi, FLASH Entertainment (#ThinkFLASH) is the region’s premier live events company, with a proven track record in delivering world-class events from movie premieres and classical shows to international sports events and megastar music concerts. FLASH offers comprehensive event management solutions from concepts and designs through to coordinating every stage of production. The company is committed to providing the region with diverse entertainment programmes, grass roots creativity and stimulating the local economy and events’ industry.
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