Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: As part of its 19th edition organized under the theme “Crafting the Emirates State of Mind: creation, innovation and joy”, Abu Dhabi Festival 2021 presents the UN Chamber Music Society on the occasion of the Day World of the Arabic Language at Carnegie Hall in New York on Friday, December 17.
Her Excellency Huda Ibrahim Alkhamis, Founder of the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation, and Founder and Artistic Director of the Abu Dhabi Festival, said: “I would like to thank the United Nations Chamber Music Society and all those who made this performance possible. Today we celebrate the Arabic language, the pearl of our civilization. For thousands of years it has been a language of great creativity and ingenuity, as the late Egyptian poet Hafiz Ibrahim wrote: “It is an ocean in which great treasures dwell.
As part of the Abu Dhabi Festival’s vision to celebrate and revive Arabic poetry, the concert features a vibrant selection of classical music and songs, including poems sung like Give me the flute by Gibran Khalil Gibran; Eid al-Ashak (Celebration of lovers) by the great poet Nizar Qabbani; and Rahib (Magnificent) by Salem Al Khalidi. The musicians will also perform charming poems by Ibn Arabi and Mahmoud Darwish, as well as pieces by rising Syrian-American composer Faraj Abyad, who will perform with the orchestra.
Her Excellency Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations, said:. The United Arab Emirates are proud to showcase their role as a global flagship of arts and culture through the Abu Dhabi Festival; We are happy to partner with the United Nations Chamber of Music Society for a unique presentation at Carnegie Hall to celebrate World Arabic Language Day.
“We recognize that music has the capacity to build bridges and promote values that are dear to us: compassion, tolerance and understanding between cultures and for this reason, we believe that the promotion of talents and the training of future artists are more vital than ever. “
The United Nations Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council (UNCMS) is a group of accomplished musicians and admirers of classical chamber music within the international community – who promote the values of the Nations United through the universal language of music. The group embraces the passion and intimacy of chamber music, which has the creative power to move audiences and help promote the ideals, principles and universal values enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations – such as the Ideals of peace, respect for human rights, respect for cultures, the dignity and worth of the human person and the equal rights of men and women. Founded in 2016 by Brenda Vongova, the United Nations Chamber Music Society is dedicated to advancing the goals of the United Nations as a whole through the universal language of music.
During the concert, the United Nations Chamber Music Society presented the Carnegie Hall debut of the solo violin composition “Longa, Op.1”, performed and composed by Yamen Saadi.
The 19th edition of the Abu Dhabi Festival is organized under the patronage of His Highness Sheikha Shamsa Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan and supported by the main partner Mubadala Investment Company (Mubadala) and the energy partner GS Energy. The Abu Dhabi Festival 2022 brings together more than 1,000 participating artists from around the world to present more than 300 performances and events, with two world tours and 17 world premieres.
The 2022 Abu Dhabi Festival program is part of the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation’s contribution to the designation of the UAE capital as a UNESCO City of Music.
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About the Abu Dhabi Festival
Founded in 2004, the Abu Dhabi Festival brings together the public to live unique experiences that bear witness to our common humanity and the deep bonds we share. The Festival is a celebration and a gathering of exchanges between the different communities that ADMAF serves: the inhabitants of the Seven Emirates of the United Arab Emirates, the region and the world. The Festival is the place where artists and audiences connect, new ideas are forged, new collaborations take shape and long-time trusted partners reconnect.
The Abu Dhabi Festival is committed to its vision of making Abu Dhabi a global beacon of arts and culture. The annual festival commissions, produces, preserves and presents the greatest musical and artistic works to create rich cultural experiences in the UAE and beyond.
Considered one of the most prestigious cultural platforms in the world, the Festival strives to bring the best of the world to Abu Dhabi and to bring the best of Abu Dhabi to the world. The Festival’s strong international presence fuels an invaluable cultural dialogue based on mutual respect and understanding, to build a more peaceful future through the arts.
About the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF)
Founded in 1996, ADMAF is one of the oldest non-profit cultural organizations in the Persian Gulf. The Foundation focuses on supporting culture and the arts, and on cultural development, embracing creativity for the good of society as a contribution to enriching the cultural vision of Abu Dhabi. ADMAF also offers a wide range of initiatives, including the Abu Dhabi Festival and several programs and platforms for youth and society, and supports creative talent in the UAE and abroad in cooperation with major local and international cultural institutions.
Mubadala Investment Company – a sovereign investor – manages a diversified portfolio of activities across the world, in order to generate sustainable financial returns for its shareholder, the government of Abu Dhabi.
Today, Mubadala is an AED 894 billion ($ 243.4 billion) company spanning six continents with interests in multiple industries and asset classes. Supporting efforts to establish a global and diverse economy in the UAE as well as globally, Mubadala uses its rich multi-sector experience as well as long-term international partnerships to improve profitability and promote sustainable growth.
Based in Abu Dhabi, Mubadala also has offices in London, Rio de Janeiro, Moscow, New York, San Francisco and Beijing.
Further information on Mubadala can be found on the company’s official website, www.mubadala.com
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