The brand new season of Abu Dhabi Classics will kick off next month on October 6.

Running until May 2017, the classical and traditional music festival will feature a range of world-class performers including Jordi Savall, Canadian pianist Stephan Moccio and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

The season launches on October 6 with a performance by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra at Emirates Palace Auditorium. Performing for the first time in Abu Dhabi, the show will feature a selection of Richard Wagner compositions.

French classical pianist Helene Grimaud will also perform in the month of October. The inaugural recital at Manarat Al Saadiyat on October 10 will see her present pieces from her album Water.

For younger audience members be sure to check out Grammy and Academy award-nominated composer and pianist Stephan Moccio. Helping write and produce songs like The Weeknd’s Earned It and Miley Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball, the classical/pop musician will perform on December 14 at Emirates Palace.

“It is important for us to make our music programme as inclusive and appealing as possible to all nationalities and ages so they can be inspired by the music they hear in Abu Dhabi,” added HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General, TCA Abu Dhabi.

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On January 13 Catalan composer Jordi Savall returns to the city to perform a brand new programme, inspired by medieval Moroccan traveller Ibn Battuta’s voyages to India, Indonesia and China.

Other events to look forward to include open-air shows at the Umm Al Emarat Park in January and a special Emirati Music Series that will be hosted throughout the Emirate.

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