World Premiere Performance Inspired by Louvre Abu Dhabi to Take Place This Month (March 1, 2016)


The Emirati-French cultural programme, inspired by Louvre Abu Dhabi will start on 16 of March with a performance by the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra at Manarat Al Saadiyat

Abu Dhabi, 1 March 2016: The Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester (Youth Orchestra), led by internationally celebrated conductor, Christoph Eschenbach will perform a concert overlooking the Louvre Abu Dhabi construction site featuring two world premiere commissions. The concert, titled Universal Expressions: Inspired by Louvre Abu Dhabi takes place on Wednesday 16 March 2016 at Manarat Al Saadiyat on Saadiyat Island.

The evening will begin with Emirati composer Faisal Al Saari’s specially commissioned piece Zayed’s Dream, which will link and entwine the wide symphonic sounds of a classical orchestra with melodies and instruments from Emirati heritage. This will be followed by a world premiere from one of today’s greatest living contemporary French composers, the director of the Conservatoire de Paris, Bruno Mantovani, Once Upon a Time. The Cello Fantasy will be performed by one of today’s star soloists: Gautier Capuçon. Following the interval, the orchestra will perform the spectacular symphonic piece, La Mer (The Sea) by impressionist composer, Claude Debussy.

In the context of the Emirati-French cultural dialogue, this concert is part of a prestigious programme initiated by TCA Abu Dhabi and French authorities, leading up to the opening of Louvre Abu Dhabi.

HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of TCA Abu Dhabi, said: “The Emirati-French cultural programme is a reflection of the longstanding cultural partnership between Abu Dhabi and France. Launching the programme with the renowned Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester performing for the first time in the UAE, with the world premiere of musical compositions, celebrates Louvre Abu Dhabi’s value of universality and its openness to world cultures.”

HE Michel Miraillet, Ambassador of France to the UAE said: “This moment embodies the continued dialogue between the UAE and France. In an important year for bilateral relations between our two countries, it will be wonderful to see works by an Emirati and a French composer, performed by a European orchestra with one of the best French soloists, and directed by the former Director of the Orchestre de Paris”.
Founded in 1986 by the famous late Claudio Abbado, the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester is one of the world’s most prestigious youth orchestras, performing at major venues and festivals with leading conductors and soloists such as Herbert Blomstedt, Myung-Whun Chung, Sir Colin Davis, Bernard Haitink, Pierre Boulez, Paavo Järvi or Philippe Jordan.

The orchestra that will stay in residence in Abu Dhabi for 3 weeks, will also play two further performances, one in Al Ain (Al Jahili Fort) and one in Abu Dhabi (Emirates Palace) as part of the Abu Dhabi Classics international concert series.
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Born of an intergovernmental agreement between the Abu Dhabi government and France in 2007, Louvre Abu Dhabi will be a universal museum in the Middle-East translating the spirit of openness and dialogue of cultures. Designed by Pritzker-prize winning architect Jean Nouvel, the museum will display works of historical, cultural and sociological significance from the most ancient to the most contemporary. Spanning millennia, artworks on display will originate from civilisations all over the world with universal themes and common influences highlighted to illustrate similarities and exchanges arising from shared human experience transcending geography, nationality and history. The originality of the museum narrative trail resides in presenting these civilisations in the same spaces, galleries, rooms or gallery cabinet. Beyond the gallery space, Louvre Abu Dhabi’s ‘museum city’ will offer late openings, an auditorium, restaurants, shops, promenades and gardens, to provide visitors with a new perspective of the holistic museum experience in the Arab World.


Saadiyat Cultural District on Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, is devoted to culture and the arts. An ambitious cultural undertaking of the 21st century, it will be a nucleus for global culture, attracting local, regional and international visitors with unique exhibitions, permanent collections, productions and performances. Its iconic buildings will form a historical statement on the finest 21st century architecture; Zayed National Museum, Louvre Abu Dhabi and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. These museums will complement and collaborate with local and regional arts and cultural institutions including Universities and Research Centres.


Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) 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 Authority drives 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.


The Institut français in the United Arab Emirates is the cultural department of the French Embassy. It is responsible for promoting French creation, thought and language, as well as fostering bilateral exchanges and cultural, artistic, educational, academic and scientific partnerships between France and the UAE.
It is involved in a vast range of activities, including: organization of and participation in exhibitions, lectures, shows and fairs, film festivals, concerts, dance and theatre shows; training of teachers of French as a foreign language; promotion of French higher education; support for French cultural industries and institutions in their development projects in the UAE and monitoring of French schools in the UAE.
As a government agency, the Institut français in the UAE is a key partner of Emirati cultural and educational institutions. It works in partnership and in tandem with other influential French bodies in the UAE, notably the Alliances françaises of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, French schools, the Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi and the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum.

Address and contact of Institut français in the United Arab Emirates Etihad Towers, Tower 3, 22nd floor P.O. box 4014 Abu Dhabi UAE. Phone: (00 971) (0)2 813 10 00. E-mail: contact.institutfrancaisuae at

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