Abu Dhabi Classics 2022
About Abu Dhabi Classics
Abu Dhabi Classics returns this year for another season of dynamic classical and traditional music programmes in the capital.
A highlight of the cultural calendar, music enthusiasts can expect a rich and diverse selection of performances, built on the works of leading composers.
Solo Piano Recital
On 2 March 2022, for the first time in the Gulf Region, one of the most prestigious works of the Classical Repertoire — Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations — will be performed in its entirety, here in Abu Dhabi. It will be the first public performance of this work by Chinese superstar pianist Lang Lang since the pandemic.
Lang Lang, a leading figure in classical music, is an educator and philanthropist who has become one of the world’s most influential and committed ambassadors for the arts in the 21st century.
Considered by the New York Times as: “The hottest artist on the classical music planet,” Lang Lang has studied the Goldberg Variations for many decades. In 2020, he decided to release his recording of Bach’s masterpiece and to offer his interpretation of what is considered one of the most complex classical music compositions and which represents the highest expression of the art of variations in the Baroque period. Widely praised by critics, Lang Lang’s performance of the Variations has completely modernised our understanding of these keyboard pieces, written in 1741.
Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
Date : 2 March 2022
Time : 8 PM
Venue: Louvre Abu Dhabi
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Bait Al Oud Concerts
Bait Al Oud Concert
With Dr. Saber Abdel Sattar and Bait Al Oud Musicians
Saber Abdel Sattar will run a week-long workshop on qanoon playing at Bait Al Oud in Abu Dhabi. The classes are targeted at both music teachers and students and divided into three groups according to their skill level.
The exercises and music in the workshop will be selected together with the celebrated oud master Naseer Shamma. Part of the workshop will be devoted to musical science and Saber Abdel Sattar will share knowledge from studies of musical composition. The lessons will include aspects of both Arab and western music.
At the end of the workshop, Saber Abdel Sattar will perform some of his own compositions and a selection of pieces by composer Shamma, as well as works drawn from Arabic musical heritage.
12 May 2022, 8 PM
Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi