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  • Sunday - February 13, 2022
  • 08:00 PM | Doors open at 07:30 PM
  • Dubai Opera, Dubai - Auditorium
Grand Opening by Violin Legend

Gil Shaham

Sergey Smbatyan

Malta Philharmonic Orchestra

For this special opening concert of the Symphonic Middle East Festival 2022, the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) conducted by their Principal Conductor, Sergey Smbatyan, presents a programme of concerto works by contemporary composer Alexey Shor and Tchaikovsky, as well as an orchestral piece by one of the UK’s most cherished composers, Edward Elgar. Alexey Shor’s evocative Seascapes violin concerto in four movements inaugurates the performance, presented in this concert by the world-renowned multiple-times Grammy Award-winner, Grand Prix du Disque, Diapason d’Or and Avery Fisher Prize recipient, American violinist, Gil Shaham. Divided into four distinct movements — Abandoned Lighthouse, Lonely Sail, Gathering Storm and Summer Hail — the concerto paints vivid pictures of scenes closely associated with the sea, featuring haunting melodic lines as well as complex technical passages. The second piece in the programme sees Gil Shaham return to the stage to perform Tchaikovsky’s Concerto in D major, Op. 35, the composer’s only violin concerto and one that has established itself as a favourite of the repertoire due to the virtuosity and strong melodic so idiomatic of Tchaikovksy’s prodigious output. Following the intermission the MPO will present a performance of Elgar’s intriguing Enigma Variations, a unique fourteen-movement work that features a series of musical ‘sketches’ inspired by personality traits and/or personal events concerning the composer’s close friends. This concert is presented by the European Foundation for Support of Culture (EUFSC), in partnership with SAMIT Event Group and CMDI Group. 

‘A wonderful music soirée to start the Festival’


A. Shor - Seascapes
P. Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto in D major - (TBC)
E. Elgar - Enigma Variations

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