With this unique concert, the popular Programme Sounds of UAE is returning on stage after more than one year of absence due to the sanitary crisis.
To mark this important event, young Emirati Star singer Ahmed Al Hosani, who was the revelation of last year’s National Day Concerts organized by the Department of Culture and Tourism will team up with the UAE’s local orchestra, the NSO Chamber Orchestra.
The Programme chosen is both cross-cultural and cross-genre, mixing traditional Arabic songs, Classical Music Elements and popular pop music pieces and is intended as a genuine celebration of music, a true moment of joy that Ahmed and the NSO would like to share with the public after the many months of confinement and restrictions.
UAE National Anthem: Saeed Abdel Wahab
Orchestral Piece – Ya Ana Ya Ana, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Adagio Giazotto – Remo (Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni)
Orchestral Piece – Naseer Shamma
Bani Elaiz Muratti – Aurora & Domenico Cannizzaro
Say Something – Ian Axel, Mike Campbell [US3], Chad Vaccarino
Ya Hobi Eli Ghab – Barakat Melhem
My Way – Claude François, Jacques Revaux
Orchestral Piece – Alice's Theme, Danny Elfman
Eatazalt El Gharam – Barakat Melhem
Can't Help Falling in Love – Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, and George David Weiss
Caruso (Josh Gorban version) – Lucio Dalla
Ahmed Al Hosani
Ahmed Al Hosani is an Emirati Baritone who is multi-talented both as a classical singer and a professional painter. He began singing at the age of seven, and his talent was noted throughout his adolescence. Winning first place in a public-school singing competition (Ajman, 1997) was the real start for him as a young artist. He then pursued his music theory, piano, and classical singing from London Trinity College of Music with a merit grade and Bait aloud al-Arabi Institute for Oriental Singing.
Ahmed started to train his voice academically under professional opera and classical singers' supervision to learn different techniques and to learn performance art. Ahmed released single songs that reached several viewers and went viral
Ahmed performed on various occasions and events, such as women international day event, the retreat palm Dubai, Sama Dubai talent show, etc... One of his most memorable moments was the Abu Dhabi classics opening night performed by Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, where he sang the national anthem and conducted by maestro James Gaffigan.
NSO comprises the NSO Symphony Orchestra, the NSO Chamber Orchestra, the NSO Symphonic Pops Orchestra, the NSO Opera & Chorus and the NSO Music Agency and Events. More than 100 musicians of some 20 nationalities, who live in six of the seven emirates, make up the various formations of NSO and are professional musicians and musical educators who have performed regularly for their own national orchestras.
NSO performs numerous major symphonic and operatic works, as well as a more popular classical and music theatre repertoire. Every concert endeavours to feature musical contributions from the UAE, whether a composer, solo singer or musician, such as a pianist or Oud player. NSO presents concerts throughout the year for the general public and is regularly called upon to perform for private, corporate and government events. NSO also outsources, through its NSO Music Agency, smaller groups such as the NSO Symphonic Brass, the NSO Big Band, the NSO String Quartet, the NSO Jazz Ensemble, the NSO Three Tenors and the NSO Three Sopranos. NSO was the official supplier for Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi's 'Arts for Health' programme, providing musicians for inspiring live music performances for patients and their families.
Entrepreneur and former Opera Singer Janet Hassouneh founded NSO in 2011 to meet the region’s cultural aspirations. Originally from the USA, where she obtained her master’s in musical performance, she has worked in the music business in the UAE for the past 37 years, performing, teaching and organising music theatre and opera concerts featuring international guest artists from New York and London. Numerous performances were staged for charitable causes, under the auspices of the UAE authorities. NSO UAE was formed to reciprocate the government’s hospitality.
Andrew Berryman, NSO Music Director & Conductor
As Music Director and Principal Conductor of the NSO Symphony Orchestra since 2011, Andrew has guided the orchestra through season after season of symphonic music, film nights and opera, and always with a few surprises. Andrew studied at the UK’s Guildhall School of Music & Drama and is a classically trained trombonist, which led him to travel originally to the Middle East in 2009 to take on the role of Music Director and Senior Advisor to the Abu Dhabi Police Band and Corps of Pipes and Drums.
Now based in the UK, Andrew is currently Music Director and Bandleader of the Berrytones Big Band, Music Director of the Lanner Brass Band and Guest Conductor with the Bolton Symphony Orchestra.