On March 16, The Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester youth orchestra, led by internationally renowned conductor, Christoph Eschenbach will perform a concert overlooking the construction site of the soon-to-be Louvre Abu Dhabi.

As well as offering a real treat of classical entertainment with a modern twist the event will also celebrate local culture.

Named Universal Expressions: Inspired by Louvre Abu Dhabi, concert-goers can expect to hear the likes of Zayed’s Dream, composed by local Emirati talent Faisal Al Saari, involving instruments from Emirati heritage. Following that there will be a piece from one of today’s greatest living contemporary composers – Once Upon a Time by Bruno Mantovani, the director of the Conservatoire de Paris.

Faisal Al Saari

Other performances include The Cello Fantasy by one of today’s star soloists Gautier Capucon, with the orchestra performing the symphony La Mer by Claude Debussy after the interval.

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The concert has been organised to promote Emirati-French dialogue, initiated by TCA Abu Dhabi and the French authorities – all in the lead up to the opening of Louvre Abu Dhabi.

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The Louvre Abu Dhbai

If you’ve not yet heard about the Louvre Abu Dhabi, it’s a huge, modern museum located on the Saadiyat Island Cultural District. While it’s not quite finished yet, the Louvre Abu Dhabi is looking to open its doors later this year – with artwork from all over the world on display, the focus being to bridge the gap between Eastern and Western art.

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So whether you’re a lover of classical music, or just seeking to add a dash of culture into your life, the upcoming concert at the Louvre Abu Dhabi is probably one of the best places to do it.