Founded in 1986/87 by one of the most prominent conductors of the last decades, the late Claudio Abbado, the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra (GMYO) has been able in recent years to impose itself as the world’s most prestigious Youth Orchestra, performing at major venues and festivals with leading conductors and soloists such as Herbert Blomstedt, Pierre Boulez, Myung-Whun Chung, Sir Colin Davis, Christoph Eschenbach, Bernard Haitink, Paavo Järvi or Philippe Jordan.
For its first concert in this season, the orchestra will be performing in the magical setting of Al Jahili Fort in Al Ain. The evening will start with one of the most significant pieces of avant-garde classical music, György Ligeti’s mysterious and magnificently fluid shadow play Lontano from 1967. German Concert violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann will then accompany the GMJO under the baton of David Afkham for the Hungarian composer Béla Bartók's visionary Violin Concerto Nr2.
The second part of the programme will be focusing on the very idea of heroism with Beethoven’s third Symphony, written in 1803-04. Beethoven had initially planned to dedicate it to Napoléon Bonaparte, abandoning the idea later on because the First Consul of the young French Republican Government had crowned himself Emperor of France. Nevertheless, Beethoven kept the “heroic” tone of the Symphony starting it in E major and operating variations of the epic idea all through the first movement, the Allegro con brio. The first edition of the Symphony finally bore the title “Sinfonia eroica, composta per festeggiare il sovvenire di un grand’uomo” and since then became the perfect music to illustrate the great achievements of humanity.
György Ligeti: Lontano
Béla Bartók: Violinkonzert Nr. 2 / Violin Concerto no. 2
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphonie Nr. 3 Es-Dur op. 55 / Symphony no. 3 E flat major op. 55
Note: All timings are actual start timings. We recommend guests to come 30 min before the beginning of the concert to find their seats. Doors will close at the start time. No access will be granted after the doors have been shut.