Angelina Lynne & the ‘Garden City Jazz Band’ to open Friday’s AAMF ‘International Jazz Concert’

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Angelina Lynne is a classical, pop and jazz singer, with excellent technical and language skills. She has a great deal of experience in folk music from Spain, New Zealand and other countries. She is also an accomplished piano player.

Angelina will be joined on stage at 8 pm this Friday, 27th November, at the Hili Al Rayhaan Hotel byAngelina Lynne photo I the newly formed Garden City Jazz Band. They are performing the “International Jazz Evening“‘s opening set.

Angelina’s new band members are:-

Dan Turcanu, bass guitar-
Dan is trained in classical composition and he’s already very experienced in various styles of arrangements, such as jazz and Arabian, for diverse ensembles. He is the Director of the Al Ain Chamber Orchestra, (AACO).

Derek Jung, clarinet-
Derek is a music teacher at AAESS. He studied clarinet in the U.S. and is an enthusiastic performer of chamber music and modern pieces in the AACO. He aspires to develop skills as an arranger and a composer.

Robert Loxton, clarinet-
Robert is a university teacher at the Higher College of Technologies, (HCT). He’s a very enthusiastic performer, and passionate bass singer with various vocal groups.

Teodor Iliescu, bassoon-
One of the best bassoon player’s of his generation; he is also a skilled piano player; passionate baroque music singer; and a jazz and pop voice coach.


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Terrie Parkman, piano-
Terrie is the main pianist and at the core of the AACO. She’s a very dedicated pianist and an educator with years of experience. Terrie is eager to extend her artistic creativity by approaching new styles and genres.

Ahmed Attalah Medji, percussion-
Ahmed is highly talented percussionist; a self-taught musician who combines the Arabic style of percussion with pop and jazz rhythm patterns; and,

Elke Vogel Adham, flute-
Elke is a computer and programming teacher at HCT. She’s a dedicated flute player and is passionate about jazz and classical music. She inspired the creation of the AACO. Elke is also a great supporter of the AAMF!

SOLE-Agency-Sing-Revue-Full-BandThe Garden City Jazz Band‘s set will be followed by the Swing Revue Band (photo above), and then the Desert Jazz Duo (photo below); both down from Dubai for this event.

Desert Jazz Duo on steps

Admission is free – so no tickets are required.

Don’t miss this final event of the memorable AAMF 2015 series!

Congratulations to the “Classics and More!” concert performers!

Congratulations go to all of the performers for providing us with such enjoyable performances last Friday evening! untitled-9067

The audience of around 200 people was entertained thoroughly!


The House of Arts‘ music teachers performed splendidly during the first half of the “Classics and More: Selected Music of the 20th Century” concert.

Their performances were followed by a fine variety of pieces by the Al Ain Chamber Orchestra untitled-9033auntitled-9039t the Al Ain International School on 21st November.

This concert provided a very fitting climax to the AAMF 2014 series.

“Classics and More” concert programme details from the House of Arts

The House of Arts has released its concert programme details for the “Classics and More: Selected Music from the 20th Century” on Friday, 21st November

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Partita – Gordon Jacon
Theodor Iliescu – Solo Bassoon
Czardas – Monti-Meichika
Natalia Shvets– Piano Solo
Sonata for violin and piano – Claude Debussy
Dan Turcanu – Denitsa Georgieva – Violin & Piano
Claude Debussy –
Beau Soir (Beautiful Evening)
Les Angelus (The angel)
Aprѐs un Rêve (After a dream) – Gabriel Fauré
Come away death – Gerald Finzi
Theodor Iliescu & Natalia Shvets –Voice & Piano
3 preludes for piano – George Gershwin
Denitsa Georgieva – Piano solo
Solo de Concert – Gabriel Pierne
Sonatine – Alexandre Tansman
Theodor Iliescu & Denitsa Georgieva – Bassoon & Piano

The House of Arts has also provided some background information about its 3 music teachers, Denitsa Georgieva, Natalia Shvets and Teodor Iliescu… Denitsa Georgieva1
Denitsa joined the House of Arts’ team in 2009. She had previously graduated in the National School of Arts in Ruse, Bulgaria with opera singing and piano performance degrees. She then continued her music education at the State Academy of Music in Sofia, where she also had her first teaching experience. Subsequently, in 2008 Denitsa gained a Masters Degree in Piano Performance.
During this period she performed in many concerts, master classes, won many piano competitions and made recordings for the Bulgarian National Radio.Natalia Shvets1
Natalia joined the House of Arts last September. She is originally from Odessa. Her mother was a professional pianist, and taught her daughter. Natalia has toured Europe in orchestras and has played professionally in South Korea.

c Paolo RossettiTeodor, a Romanian, joined the House of Arts in 2013. He had graduated with honours in bassoon orchestral and solo performance from the Birmingham City University Conservatoire in 2012.
Teodor has been a singer in numerous vocal ensembles, professional choirs and as a soloist. And now he is the new leader of the Al Ain Chamber Orchestra!

Dan Turcanu, his predecessor as leader of the local orchestra, is returning to Al Ain for this concert performance, too. We welcome Dan back to the Garden City. He was also a music teacher at the House of Arts not so long ago.
Dan graduated from the Bucharest National University of Music in violin, piano and classical composition. He worked as a violinist and conductor assistant in various orchestras and chamber ensembles in the European Union and also in the United States.
His teaching experience ranges from ‘Music Theory and Harmony’ to ‘Violin’ and ‘Piano’ tuition. He has experience in teaching guitar to children with disabilities, too. Mr. Dan has participated in violin and classical composition competitions, receiving numerous awards; many of them for pedagogical works such as modern compositions for beginner violinists and other string instruments. He has arranged a number of the pieces performed by the Al Ain Chamber Orchestra.

The “Classics and More: Selected Music from the 20th Century” concert starts at 7:30 pm. on Friday, 21st November at Al Ain International School, Salam Street, Sarooj.
Once again, thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, admission is free.
So, don’t miss out!

House of Arts Musicians to open on Friday, 21st November at the Al Ain International School

HoA musicians for Classics and MoreNow, as they did in last year’s Grand Finale, the House of Arts’ musicians will be performing along with the Al Ain Chamber Orchestra, on the final night of this year’s Al Ain Music Festival. 

You will hear not only Teodor Valentin Iliescus voice, but also his main instrument, the bassoon, in a solo performance, as well as in ensemble pieces. The pianists Denitsa Georgieva (on right, in photo)  and Natalia Shvets (left, photo) will perform with two hands and four hands, and will certainly dazzle their audience with virtuosity and musicality.

Dan Turcanu in front of white pianoDan Turcanu (lower photo) on the violin will be joining the team again. And so, with compositions by George Gershwin, Claude Debussy and Gabriel Faure, next to several others from the 20th century, you can look forward to an evening of high-level and highly entertaining performances. 

 Classics and More:  Selected Music of the 20th Century”– on Friday, 21st November, starts at 7.30 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Al Ain International School, Sarooj District, Al Ain.

Don’t miss out on this great free concert!

Major AAMF 2014 feature in “Oasis Living” Magazine

Oasis Living November 2014 cover

The November edition of “Oasis Living” is now available! It offers extensive coverage of the Al Ain Music Festival 2014.

The magazine also has an interview with Teodor Iliescu, leader of the Al Ain Chamber Orchestra, and details of the “Gardens of Sheikh Zayed” event organised under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture of Youth and Development by the Elite Music School.

View the new edition online via

The Al Ain Chamber Orchestra to perform on Friday, 21 November at Al Ain International School

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The Al Ain Chamber Orchestra will be performing on Friday, November 21st at the Al Ain International School at 7:30 pm as part of the final concert of the Al Ain Music Festival 2014 entitled “Classics and More: Selected Music of the 20th Century.”

The concert will feature performances by the House of Arts music teachers in the first half and the Al Ain Chamber Orchestra after the interval.

The Al Ain Chamber Orchestra was founded at the beginning of 2013. It all started with a simple idea of establishing a group of expatriate musicians in Al Ain to come together and enjoy playing music together. The group started under the leadership of Dan Turcanu,    (photo below), a gifted teacher and composer from the House of Arts playing the violin, Verena Ganter, an exchange student from Germany on the viola and Elke Vogel-Adham on the flute.

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 The group grew fast, was named “Al Ain Chamber Orchestra”, and new members joined. Naturally, the House of Arts became the sponsor and from there on rehearsals took place at the House of Arts. The orchestra has played in Al Ain at various venues taking part in the Al Ain Music Festival 2013, the House of Arts concerts, and performing their own concerts. 

Dan’s leadership galvanized expatriate musicians in Al Ain to come together and enjoy playing a wide variety of pieces. His vision has ensured a strong base of ideals from which the orchestra draws its strength in community, creativity and a love of excellent music. Dan is the backbone of the music itself, arranging pieces for a wide variety of skills and diverse instruments including, besides the usual winds and strings, an accordion, oud, and the Arabic drum. His arrangements offer up familiar notes of classical pieces interspersed with elegant modulations and fresh rhythms.

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This fall, the Al Ain Chamber Orchestra underwent a change and was made a society. While Elke Vogel-Adham is the administrative director, Teodor Iliescu has taken on the role of director with his clear vision and extensive experience in achieving excellence.

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The orchestra currently boasts eleven members from all over the world including, Robert Loxton (Welsh) on clarinet, Elke Vogel-Adham (German) on 1st flute, Nancy Fahnstock (American) and Roger Daniels (Indian) on 2nd flute, Teodor Iliescu (Romanian) on bassoon, Dan Turcanu (Romanian) and Juliana Braunsteiner (Slovakian) and Maria Anna Kraus (Austrian) on first violin, Nassar Akwan (Syrian) and Sharon Hiebert (Canadian) on second violin, Isabelle Nibelle (French) on viola, Danielle Bruckert (Namibian) on cello, Issa Louiseh (Syrian) on Arabic drum and Denitsa Georgieva (Bulgarian) on piano.

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The Al Ain Chamber Orchestra is always looking for musicians from the community. If you play an instrument well and would like to join, please contact Elke Vogel-Adham -first on the left in the above photo – at: ; or Teodor Iliescu -first on the right- at:  The rehearsals are on Wednesdays at 8:30 pm at the House of Arts – 

“Amigos para Siempre”

Amigos para Siempre” –

Please note that that the “Andalusian Eveninghas been postponed by one week!

Dalila Belkhouche and Teodor Iliescu will now be performing together with Gulmira Abdulkhalikova on Thursday, 8th May at the Multaqa Social Club, UAEU. The Takht Sharqi ensemble will also be performing during this “Andalusian Evening“.

Moreover, traditional Algerian dress styles will be exhibited in a fashion show!

The event at the club’s auditorium, situated in the centre of Al Ain, starts at 7 pm. and admission is free. Don’t miss it!

More Grand Finale! Concert Photos!

More of Paolo Rossetti’s beautiful photos taken at the Grand Finale! 
on Friday, 29th November, are now available for viewing on AAMF‘s Flickr pages…

Here are 3 from the latest set…


Daniela Birladeanu


Denitsa Georgieva


Dan Turcanu (L) and Teodor Iliescu (R)