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Abu Dhabi Classics 2020 Celebrates 250 years of Beethoven’s Legacy

The Hamburg Symphony Orchestra Performs Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at the du Arena on 5 February 2020

Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates, xx December 2019: Abu Dhabi Classics is committed to bringing the biggest names in the world of Arabic and Western classical music to the UAE capital, and this year’s edition promises something truly special as it celebrates the 250th anniversary, and the eternal musical talent, of acclaimed German composer Ludwig van Beethoven.

Beethoven’s name will forever be synonymous with great symphonies, and to celebrate its ninth edition, Abu Dhabi Classics will bring music fans a special performance of one of the most famous classical pieces of all time – Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.

Over 100 musicians from the internationally acclaimed Hamburg Symphony Orchestra will be joined by over 70 vocalists on stage on Wednesday February 5 for this unique performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at a truly special concert venue – the du Arena on Yas Island.

Composed between 1821 and 1824, the 9th Symphony marks a turning point in musical history, signaling the culmination of the Vienna Classical Period and the beginning of the 19th century Romantic period. The piece represents something of a musical revolt against the traditions of the classics thanks to its fast transitions and first uses of voices in a symphony. With words taken from Ode to Joy, a poem by Friedrich Schiller at the end of the 18th century, Beethoven’s 9th still represents the values of humanity, tolerance and friendship to this day.

Through his life, Beethoven left to the world five piano concertos, 32 sonatas, 16 quartets, and an Opera, among 722 pieces of music composed over a 45-year period beginning when he was only 12 years old.

Celebrated pianist David Fray will open Abu Dhabi Classics 2020 with a performance titled ‘Bach Concertos for 2, 3 and 4 Pianos’ featuring four of the world’s leading pianists. Fray, Emmanuel Christien, Audrey Vigoureux, and Jacques Rouvier will play Bach’s Concertos for two, three and four pianos alongside the Geneva Chamber Orchestra at the Cultural Foundation on January 28. Elsewhere, Fray’s compatriot, Lise de la Salle, will bring her captivating signature style to Abu Dhabi Classics with an exclusive performance at the Cultural Foundation on February 1.

The Middle East will be represented by Magida El Roumi, one of the Arab world’s greatest female vocalists, who headlines Abu Dhabi Classics for the first time on February 7 at du Arena, while emerging Egyptian singer Sanaa Nabil will make her Abu Dhabi Classics debut by performing ‘Laylat Saltana’ with members of Cordes Croisées, a group of elite Egyptian musicians, on February 6 at the Cultural Foundation..

Tickets for Abu Dhabi Classics 2020, which is presented by DCT Abu Dhabi and produced by Flash Entertainment, the Middle East’s leading entertainment company, are selling fast on and Virgin Megastores across the UAE. The diverse schedule of events and concerts represent the ideal festive gift for classical music enthusiasts.



Tickets for the below events are on sale exclusively from  and Virgin Megastores across the UAE.

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Date Event Ticket prices Venue Doors Open
Tue 28 Jan Bach Concertos for 2, 3 and 4 Pianos Diamond – AED 395

Platinum – AED 295

Gold – AED 195

Cultural Foundation 7pm
Sat, 1 Feb Lise de la Salle – Solo Piano Recital Diamond – AED 395

Platinum – AED 295

Gold – AED 195

Cultural Foundation 7pm
Tues, 4 Feb Hamburg Symphony Orchestra – Tchaikovsky and Brahms Diamond – AED 395

Platinum – AED 295

Gold – AED 195

Cultural Foundation 7pm
Wed, 5 Feb Hamburg Symphony Orchestra – Beethoven’s 9th Symphony Diamond – AED 495

Platinum – AED 395

Gold – AED 295

du Arena, Yas Island 7pm
Thu, 6 Feb Saltana with Sanaa Nabil Diamond – AED 250

Platinum – AED 150

Gold – AED 75

Cultural Foundation 7pm
Fri, 7 Feb Magida El Roumi Diamond – AED 995

Platinum – AED 695

Gold – AED 495

Silver – AED 295


du Arena, Yas Island 7pm


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Now in its ninth season, Abu Dhabi Classics opened this season with the Grammy Award-winning Russian National Orchestra. Previously they have hosted the Bayreuth Festival, Camerata Salzburg Orchestra and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the finest violinists in the world including Gidon Kremer and Renaud Capuçon, along with the No.1 harpist in the world Xavier de Maistre, award-winning pianist Khatia Buniatishvili and the Kremerata Baltica Chamber Orchestra. The Classics have also hosted the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden and South Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho as well as the Le Corsaire Ballet with Bolshoi Soloists, Ivan Vasiliev and Maria Vinogradova, and a special appearance from Alia Al Neyadi, the first Emirati Ballerina.

A highlight in the UAE’s cultural calendar, Abu Dhabi Classics concert goers can expect a rich and diverse programme including orchestras from Europe, world renowned conductors and internationally acclaimed soloists. One of a kind ballet and classic operas will also be performed across the Emirate in a range of eclectic venues.


Flash Entertainment is the Middle East’s leading entertainment company, pioneering the future of events and experiences across sporting events, music concerts, community events and more.  Since launching in 2008, we have built our peerless global reputation by always putting fans first – hosting hundreds of major concerts, major sporting events and community and cultural events across more than thousands of event days for more than 7.5 million people.

A key partner in the development of Abu Dhabi tourism, we are leading the region’s rapidly changing entertainment landscape, bringing unmissable and unique moments to employees, fans and partners.

Flash Entertainment manages a multi-million-dirham portfolio of assets, including the du Arena and du Forum on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, and the soon to be launched Yas Bay Arena.

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