Stephan Moccio will be performing inside Al Ain’s Al Jahili Fort on 12th December. This concert is part of the ongoing Abu Dhabi Classics 2016-17 series.
The section below was extracted from “The National“‘s ‘Arts & Life‘article, dated 26th. Sept. 2016 – http://www.thenational.ae/arts-life/music/5-key-performances-to-look-forward-to-in-2016-17-abu-dhabi-classics#3 –
When Classic meets Pop:- He wrote the Miley Cyrus’s hit ‘Wrecking Ball‘, but few people would be able to pick out Stephan Moccio in a line-up.
Making a novel outreach into crossover territory, Abu Dhabi Classics this season presents a programme titled “When Classic Meets Pop”, fittingly presented by a man who has achieved considerable success in both fields.
Canadian composer Moccio is best known as a Grammy-nominated writer-for-hire, who has written or co-written a number of international smashes, including The Weekend’s ‘Earned It‘ and Celine Dion’s comeback hit ‘A New Day Has Come‘.
But he is also the noted recording artist behind a series of instrumental albums, often of solo piano music.
In a bid to break down snobbish barriers, this special programme will feature Moccio presenting his work in a storytelling framework. Following an instrumental opening half, he will be joined after the interval by guest singers who will bring to life many of the popular hits he wrote. “There are many times when I find myself caught between opposing forces in my music,” says Moccio. “Is it classical or pop? Am I a performer or a composer? Do I collaborate or work alone?
“As a creator, these are questions that I face every day – and finding answers is somewhat of a balancing act, because they are usually somewhere in-between.”
To Say Goodbye to You
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The Sinfonica de Galicia performs in Al Jahili Fort
on Thursday, 14th January 2016.
The concert starts at 8:00 pm.
Tickets are available via:-
“For its second concert in the UAE, the amazing Sinfónica de Galicia will be playing in the superb setting of Al Jahili Fort in Al Ain. Next to featuring works of the core German romantic repertoire (Richard Wagner’s Prelude and Liebestod from the Music Drama Tristan and Isolde) and Johannes Brahms last symphonic masterpiece, the 4th Symphony, the evening is dedicated to the Nights in the Gardens of Spain written between 1909 and 1916 by Spanish Composer Manuel de Falla.
The symphonic poem is divided into three parts, depicting each one a Garden in Al-Andalus, thereby already announcing the Hispano-Arabic theme of the work: En el Generalife (In the Generalife), Danza lejana (A Distant Dance), En los jardines de la Sierra de Córdoba (In the Gardens of the Sierra de Córdoba). Strongly influenced by French composer Claude Debussy, Falla’s symphonic works are trying to reconcile the musical impressionism he had discovered in France with traditional Spanish folklore music. Furthermore, Falla added numerous syncopated, melismatic musical themes, clear reminders of the musical influences brought by the Arabs into Spain. The impressionist tendencies of the score then paint a diffuse landscape of harmony where tradition and modernity, Europe and Arabia fuse with each other in a magnificent dream extracted both from time and space.”