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Abu Dhabi Festival to continue its record of bringing the world’s greatest classical music stars to Abu Dhabi with a recital by worldwide superstar pianist, Lang Lang UAE’s foremost annual celebration of arts and culture to welcome Orchestre de Paris in celebration of France as Abu Dhabi Festival ...

Lang Lang & Orchestre de Paris 1st Sep 2015

Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation Announces Headline Artists for the 13th Edition of Abu Dhabi Festival in 2016 (Tickets will be released for sale in mid-December)

Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation today announced prestigious headline artists set to grace the stage of the 13th edition of Abu Dhabi Festival in April 2016. Recognised as the UAE’s foremost annual arts and culture event, and building on the Festival’s reputation as a world-class platform for classical music in the Middle East, Abu Dhabi Festival 2016 (ADF16) will welcome exceptional pianist Lang Lang, heralded by the New York Times as the ‘hottest artist on the classical music planet’. ADF16 will also welcome France’s most famous symphony orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, as it celebrates France as its Country of Honour.

“Year after year, the Abu Dhabi Festival seeks to uphold, explore and celebrate the values of the UAE that traverse the humanitarian, the cultural and the intellectual. The Festival, which embarks on its 13th edition in 2016, is one of ADMAF’s main pillars and eloquently reflects a steadfast commitment to the continuing socio-economic development of the cultural sector, to the ongoing engagement and participation of nationals in the arts, and to the rising rates of cultural tourism in the UAE.” said H.E. Hoda Al Khamis-Kanoo, Founder of the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation.

“The Abu Dhabi Festival operates in line with the vision of the Abu Dhabi Government, seeking to reaffirm the Capital’s global profile as a destination for creativity and a meeting place for culture.

"As the inauguration of the Louvre Abu Dhabi approaches, the Festival welcomes France as the 2016 Festival Country of Honour, which will highlight the strength of bilateral cultural relations as well as the spirit of creativity shared by both countries, particularly in the fields of arts and music.

"As always, the Abu Dhabi Festival aspires to enhance the creative abilities of nationals of all ages, along with nurturing audiences for the arts across society while maintaining its pioneering contribution to social development and national unity.

"The Abu Dhabi Festival is proud to be part of the enduring culture of the UAE,” the Founder concluded.

Furthering the Festival spirit that brings together the greatest artists from both the East and the West in the heart of the UAE, ADF16 will welcome one of the world’s greatest classical music stars: Chinese pianist, Lang Lang. Captivating and charismatic, and known for his virtuoso technique, spectacular showmanship and flamboyant energy, Lang Lang will grace the ADF16 stage with a recital that includes pieces by Tchaikovsky, Bach and Chopin.

ADF16 will also welcome Orchestre de Paris to the Festival stage under the baton of its acclaimed Music Director, Paavo Järvi, for two sublime concerts as part of the Festival’s celebration of France. The first will feature the critically acclaimed soloists Xavier Phillips (cello) and Thierry Escaich (organ) and works by three giants of French classical music, Berlioz, Lalo and Saint-Saëns. The second will feature the virtuoso violinist Sergey Khachatryan and pieces by two of the most revered composers of all time, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius.

Tickets for Lang Lang (Thursday 14 April at 8pm, Emirates Palace Auditorium) and Orchestre de Paris (Friday 15 and Sunday 17 April at 8pm, Emirates Palace Auditorium) will be released for sale when the complete Festival programme is announced in mid-December.

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