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Abu Dhabi Festival welcomes Orchestre de Paris, the leading French orchestra, and it’s Music Director Paavo Järvi for two performances in celebration of France as the Festival's ‘Country of Honour

Orchestre de Paris at Abu Dhabi Festival 2016 16th Apr 2016

Orchestre de Paris enchants audience in its Arabian Gulf debut with a programme of outstanding French classical music

Continuing its tradition of bringing the greatest orchestras and conductors to the UAE, Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation last night welcomed Orchestre de Paris, one of the most celebrated orchestras in the world, for the first of two headline performances at the Abu Dhabi Festival. Taking to the stage under the baton of its acclaimed Music Director, Paavo Järvi, the sublime concert enchanted the audience with pieces highlighting the beauty of French classical music in celebration of France as this year’s ‘Country of Honour’.

Featuring work by three of France’s most famous classical composers, the evening began with Berlioz’s Overture to Le Corsaire. Orchestre de Paris then welcomed the celebrated cellist Xavier Phillips to the stage to perform Lalo’s Cello Concerto. Finally, renowned organist Thierry Escaich performed Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 3 (Organ Symphony).

Orchestre de Paris’ second performance on Sunday 17 April will feature three scintillating works: Smetana’s Overture to The Bartered Bride, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, with esteemed violinist Sergey Khachatryan, and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2, recently designated one of the 10th most beloved symphonies in the classical repertoire.

Running until 30 April 2016, performances in the headline Abu Dhabi Festival programme include The Little Prince (April 21–22), and Carlos Acosta and Friends (25–26 April). The 2016 Festival also sees the return of the much acclaimed Festival Recital Series featuring the Joey Alexander Trio (27 April) and the Alfredo Rodríguez Trio (28 April) at New York University Abu Dhabi Arts Center.