Throughout the day, a selection of students from a variety of Abu Dhabi schools treated audiences to carefully-rehearsed music and dance recitals.
The evening concert saw 18 talented Abu Dhabi students take to the stage with the members of The Declassified, a chamber music group comprised of alumni of The Academy – a prestigious training programme for young professional musicians, run by New York City’s Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute. The New York-based ensemble was specially selected by Carnegie Hall for this year’s residency.
Hoda I. Al Khamis-Kanoo, Founder and Artistic Director of the Abu Dhabi Festival, commented: “Year on year, I am overwhelmed by the passionate commitment and raw talent of these young artists. It is truly inspiring to see how the students’ desire is ignited by the presence of these gifted career artists and how they respond to the guidance and direction of these mentors. Our goal with the Carnegie Hall Residency is not only to improve young musicians’ skills and acumen, but to put them in contact with musicians who have carved fulfilling careers from following their appetite for music. We aim to introduce them to a life-long love and appreciation of music and performance, which I am sure shall benefit Abu Dhabi in years to come.” Evan Premo, a member of The Declassified, said: “We treasure our collaborations with these eager, talented young people. It is a joy to see this talent coming out of schools in Abu Dhabi. These days, being a musician also means reaching out to the community, advocating for a place for art in the world, and teaching and inspiring the next generation to come after us. The Abu Dhabi Festival provides a special environment that makes this feel effortless. When we’re playing with these students, we feel that geography, culture and age matter less than a sheer commitment to art.” WAM/ES/AM