The fifth edition of the Al Ain Music Festival -in its new format-concluded successfully last Friday, 24th November.
Early that evening, the “Young Hands & Voices” concert enthralled a large audience at the Al Ain Academy. Our congratulations go to Yaremi Ledesma Alvarez, (on left in this photo), for all her efforts in organising this fine event.
Later in the evening, at the nearby Danat Al Ain Resort Hotel, The Chronicles of Khan made their Al Ain debut performance in the Luce Restaurant. We thank Khan and his band (photo) for playing a splendid set for us.
And, indeed, our thanks go out to all the performers and organisers of all seven events of the Al Ain Music Festival 2017 for presenting and producing another very varied, highly enjoyable and successful community-based music festival across the oases of Al Ain!
AAMF 2017 UPDATE:-
After last Friday’s very enjoyable and well-attended “All About the Jazz!” concert at the Rotana Hotel’s Zest Garden, the Al Ain Music Festival 2017 concludes at the Danat Al Ain Resort Hotel’s Luce Restaurant this Friday, 24th November.
The Chronicles of Khan rock band will be performing ‘unplugged’ in the Danat Hotel’s Luce Italian Restaurant from 8 pm. . However, as the Luce Italian Restaurant isn’t a very large venue, we recommend that fans of rock music should take their places earlier tomorrow evening.
This will be The Chronicles of Khan debut performance in Al Ain, after their recent performances at many large festivals in their home city of Dubai, and elsewhere within the region. Don’t miss out on this rare chance to hear them play live in Al Ain!
Earlier, from 6 pm. on Friday evening, about one hundred talented young musicians from a dozen local schools will be performing at the AAMF’s “Young Hands and Voices“ concert at the Al Ain Academy‘s auditorium in Al Sarooj District. This is the second edition of this concert, which builds upon a successful beginning at Al Qattara Arts Centre last November.
This concert’s organiser, Yaremi Ledesma Alvarez, has informed us that all of the auditorium’s seats, which had been available for this concert, have now been reserved. So, it’s going to be a very full house!
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This new piano competition for students in Higher Education Institutes commences at 11 a.m. tomorrow in the Crescent building’s auditorium, UAEU, Al Ain.
Special announcement – EMIRATES PEACE VIRTUOSO COMPETITION, 9th to 11th February 2018
For young performers on all kinds of instruments- (piano, all kinds of strings, brass, woodwind, percussion, Vocal and Arabian instruments)- this competition will be held on 9th and 10th February, 2018. And, there will be a Prize Winners’ concert on 11th February, 2018 at the Conference Center, Dubai Knowledge Village Auditorium.
Welcome to the Emirates Peace Virtuoso Competition, organized by the National Conservatory Dubai (NCD) and the Emirates Youth Symphony Orchestra (EYSO), with Director and Conductor Mr. Riad Kudsi!
This annual competition is a prelude to the 14th Emirates International Peace Music Festival (For Young Virtuosi), which is scheduled to take place in the last week of March 2018.
Competition details: General Rules & Eligibility • Open to all locals and residents of the UAE, GCC and Arab Countries and all other nationalities in the world • Eligible musicians must be between 5 and 20 years of age • Competitors must perform ALL pieces by heart (notes will not be allowed) • Competition results are not subject to change once they have been announced. • Participants are to compete at a level which best reflects their music grade and ability. • Violin, Viola & Cello competitors may qualify to play in the orchestra with EYSO at the Prize Winners’ Concert. • The Competition participants are eligible to sign up for the Master Classes in Piano, Violin, and Viola, (please see details below).
*The deadline date for competition registration and the fee payment is 15th December, 2017.
Jury Members: Head of Jury, Mr. Riad Kudsi, Director of National Conservatory Dubai • Respected members of the UAE music community in Dubai, Sharjah & Abu Dhabi • Professors and instructors from the Premiere Music College of Prague (PMCP).
Acknowledgements, Prizes & Gifts: The Grand Prize winner will perform in the Winners’ Concert and in 14th Emirates Peace Music Festival. • Selected Prize recipients will perform a solo at the Prize Winners’ Concert • Special trophies for Grand prize, 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners • Gifts and/or certificates will be given to ALL participants • Grand Prize recipient receives a Scholarship to attend the Summer Course in Prague (value EUR. 1500).
Fees: The competition fee will be 450 Dirhams, to be paid upon submission of the application before 15 December 2017. • Whoever needs piano accompaniment will be charged 300 Dirhams (one Rehearsal and Performance) • All fees are non-refundable.
Key Dates in February 2018 along with the Dubai Venues:-
Feb. 5th – 8th, 2-7 pm: Master classes at the National Conservatory Dubai, Reuters Building.
Feb. 9th, 1 – 6 pm Round 1 of the Competition at Conference Center, Dubai Knowledge Village Auditorium.
Feb 10th, 9-2 pm: Round 2 of the Competition at Conference Center, Dubai Knowledge Village Auditorium.
Feb. 11th, 10 am: Awards Ceremony & Media City Press Conference at CNN Building Lobby.
Feb. 11th, 7 pm: Prize Winners’ Concert at the Conference Center, Dubai Knowledge Village Auditorium.
Master Classes: –
In conjunction with the competition, we are offering Master Classes which will be taught by guest professors from our European affiliate, the Premiere Music College of Prague (PMCP). Besides being very experienced teachers, they are superb performers, and will be joining EYSO and Prize recipients at the Prize Winners’ Concert.
The Master Classes will be held from Monday 5th to Thursday 8th February, 2018 between 2 pm and 7 pm.. (A detailed schedule will be sent via email). The venue is the National Conservatory Dubai, Dubai Media City – Reuters Building, 6th floor.
Fees: Private Master Classes -AED 225 per session (30 minutes each). Multiple sessions may be booked, (maximum 3 per student). Small Group Theory Master Classes • AED 600 for six lessons (30 minutes each) • The six lessons will be completed in 3 days (double lesson daily per level) • Group will be divided into smaller groups based on current Theory Grade level • Topics include Music Theory, Hearing Aural and Melodic and Rhythm Dictation for all the levels. Spaces can only be confirmed once all fees are paid in full (by 15 Dec 2017).
For more information, or to register your interest, contact Mr. Riad Kudsi, Conductor/Director Emirates Youth Symphony Orchestra (EYSO).
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In this clip, soloist Jennifer Eastwood is accompanied on piano by Stephen Aston…
Our thanks go to Omar of La Dolce Vita for making these video clips available.
La Dolce Vita will be the venue for the AAMF’s “Acoustic Vibes!” concert on Thursday, 16th November. Admission is free of charge again. The doors open from 5:30 pm. for a 7 pm start. Don’t miss it!
The opening concert of the AAMF 2017, the ‘Garden City Classics‘, was held at La Dolce Vita venue on 3rd November, 2017.
Congratulations go to Derek Jung of Al Ain Chamber Orchestra for arranging this concert’s programme, and to the AAMF Director, Teresa Murray, for all her organisational efforts!
This video clip features the opening performances by Al Ain Choral Society with Stephen Aston on piano and Derek Jung on clarinet.
And our thanks go to La Dolce Vita for hosting this concert free of charge and for posting the video above. The video clip of the concert below was posted by Teresa Murray…
We are pleased to announce that Natalia Tykhonova will be accompanying mezzo-soprano Dr Sherri Weiler during the performance of two pieces by Rachmaninov at the AAMF’s ‘Garden City Classics‘ concert this Friday, 3rd November.
Born in Ukraine, Natalia got a Masters degree from the Donetsk Conservatory named after S.Prokofiev in 2006. She has won prizes and awards at several international and Ukrainian festivals and competitions. And, Natalia has performed with a variety of chamber orchestras and jazz bands. She has taught music for over 17 years now.
Natalia has lived in the UAE since 2011. Currently, she is an instructor at the American University of Sharjah.
Don’t forget that the ‘Garden City Classics‘ concert starts early at the La Dolce Vita venue! The event begins at 6:30 pm.. And there is no charge for admission. Don’t miss it!
The opening concert of the Al Ain Music Festival 2017– “Garden City Classics“- is this Friday, 3rd November, at La Dolce Vita venue, Al Ain.
The Al Ain Chamber Orchestra and Al Ain Choral Society will be joined by special guest performers, including Dr Sherri Weiler and the duo, Ilya Netkach and Natalia Purochenko.
American-born mezzo-soprano Sherri Weiler received her vocal training at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati (MM) and her doctorate in vocal performance and pedagogy from Florida State University (DM).
In March 1992 Weiler represented the Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska, on a cultural exchange to Magadan, Russia, and was subsequently selected by Mstislav Rostropovich to sing the mezzo-soprano solo in Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky with the National Symphony. These experiences helped instill a great love for and appreciation of Russian vocal literature. The singer coached Russian language and song literature for twelve years with Moscow Conservatory piano professor Svetlana Velichko; the two have a compact disc of 19th-century Russian vocal literature on the Centaur label, released in 2001, Russia: Golden Century of Song.
In Anchorage, Weiler performed the Verdi Requiem with bass Jerome Hines, Mendelssohn’s Elijah with soprano Erie Mills, and a Schubert bicentennial recital with pianist John Wustman. She has appeared with the Florida State Opera, Anchorage Opera, Sacramento Opera, Cleveland Opera, and Opera West in roles including Mrs. Grose (Britten’s The Turn of the Screw), Iolanthe (Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe), Mercedes (Bizet’s Carmen), and the Mother in Menotti’s two operas The Consul and Amahl and the Night Visitors. Other roles include Marie of the Incarnation in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites (2005) and La Principessa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica (2007), and the singer has given recitals for the University of Toledo, Willamette University and Portland State University, the Oregon Music Teachers’ Association, Anchorage Opera, Anchorage Festival of Music, the University of Alaska Anchorage, Florida A&M University, and Shorter University.
Dr. Weiler is currently Associate Professor of Music at the American University of Sharjah where she teaches applied voice, class piano, general music, and musical theatre preparation.
Ilya Netkach (violin) and Natalia Nechepurenko (piano) is an instrumental duo project, born recently in Al Ain.
Ilya and Natalia met at the House of Arts Institute, where they work as violin and piano teachers, and after a few successful performances here in Al Ain they decided to create this duo in order to realise their potential and just to play good instrumental music.
Both are professional and experienced musicians. Ilya Netkach is an experienced violin teacher and concerting violinist, who composes and records his music, preferable in jazz and fusion genres. Prior to coming to Al Ain, he worked three years as a violin teacher in the number of schools in Qatar and Bahrain, where he become known as performer and jams participant. On May 2016 In 2016 his band received first place in the Battle of the Bands in Bahrain.
Natalia Nechepurenko is a highly skilled classical pianist. She is laureate and winner of a number of Ukrainian and International Festivals and Competitions, where she was performing solo and as a soloist with the orchestra, as well as she’s got good teaching experience working at Donetsk State College Music in Ukraine, as well as private piano tutor. From 2014 Natalia was working as a performing pianist on a number of cruise lines around the world.
We regret to announce that Khaled Badrieh and his Arabistica band won’t be performing at the concert this Friday. However, we hope that they will be returning to Al Ain again in the near future.