Sinfónica de Galicia: Nights in the Gardens of Spain

For its second concert in the UAE, the amazing Sinfónica de Galicia will be playing in the superb setting of Al Jahili Fort in Al Ain. Next to featuring works of the core German romantic repertoire (Richard Wagner’s Prelude and Liebestod from the Music Drama Tristan and Isolde) and Johannes Brahms last symphonic masterpiece, the 4th Symphony, the evening is dedicated to the Nights in the Gardens of Spain written between 1909 and 1916 by Spanish Composer Manuel de Falla. 

The symphonic poem is divided into three parts, depicting each one a Garden in Al-Andalus, thereby already announcing the Hispano-Arabic theme of the work: En el Generalife (In the Generalife), Danza lejana (A Distant Dance), En los jardines de la Sierra de Córdoba (In the Gardens of the Sierra de Córdoba). Strongly influenced by French composer Claude Debussy, Falla’s symphonic works are trying to reconcile the musical impressionism he had discovered in France with traditional Spanish folklore music. Furthermore, Falla added numerous syncopated, melismatic musical themes, clear reminders of the musical influences brought by the Arabs into Spain. The impressionist tendencies of the score then paint a diffuse landscape of harmony where tradition and modernity, Europe and Arabia fuse with each other in a magnificent dream extracted both from time and space. 



Richard Wagner: Prelude & Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
Manuel de Falla: Noches en los jardines de España
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor

Note: All timings are actual start timings. We recommend guests to come 30 min before the beginning of the concert to find their seats. Doors will close at the start time. No access will be granted after the doors have been shut. 

Getting to the concert

A luxury bus shuttle service will be put in place to allow you to attend the concert.

From Dubai

Time Pick up location Drop off location
17:00 Kempinski Hotel entrance
Mall of the Emirates
Al Jahili Fort
Al Ain
22:00 Al Jahili Fort
Al Ain
Kempinski Hotel entrance
Mall of the Emirates

From Abu Dhabi

Time Pick up location Drop off location
17:00 Marina Mall, 
Abu Dhabi City
The bus will depart from the outdoor parking in Marina Mall. 
There will be a clearly marked assembly point opposite Havana Café.

Al Jahili Fort,
Al Ain
22:00 Al Jahili Fort,
Al Ain
Marina Mall
Abu Dhabi City 

Note: Transportation is free. However, 48 hours prior registration is required under:
Remember to bring your concert ticket or print out to access the bus service.
For any question regarding the transportation, please call the transportation coordinator:
Mr. Khaled: 050 146 4447

Javier Perianes

Javier Perianes’ flourishing international career spans five continents taking him to some of the world’s most prestigious halls, including, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Barbican, Royal Festival and Wigmore Halls in London, Salle Pleyel and the Theatre des Champs Elysees in Paris, Berlin’s Philarmonie, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, St Petersburg’s Philharmonic Hall, the Great Hall at the Moscow Conservatory and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. He has appeared in Festivals such as Lucerne, La Roque d'Anthéron, Grafenegg, San Sebastian, Granada and Ravinia.

Perianes has performed with conductors such as Barenboim, Dutoit, Mehta, Maazel, Frühbeck de Burgos, Harding, Temirkanov, Oramo, Mena, Heras- Casado, Pons, Orozco- Estrada, Ticciati, Dausgaard and Vasily Petrenko.

In season 2015-16 he will appear with among others the Wiener Philhamoniker, Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Fort Worth, Frankfurt Radio, Norwegian Radio, Yomiuri Nippon, London Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic, Tonkunstler Orchester, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris and Orchestra of St Luke’s (Carnegie Hall) as well as a month-long-tour of orchestras in Australia and New Zealand.

Concerto highlights during the 2014-15 season included debut appearances with Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de Lyon, Washington National Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Gävle and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Copenhagen and Tampere Philharmonic Orchestras. Perianes returned to the St Petersburg Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic and the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra. Recent and upcoming recitals include performances in Madrid, Barcelona, Leipzig, St Petersburg, Paris, Miami, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Marseille and Hong Kong.  Regular chamber music partners include violist Tabea Zimmermann and the Quiroga Quartet, with whom he has recorded quintets by Granados and Turina due for release on harmonia mundi in Autumn 2015.
Javier Perianes records exclusively for harmonia mundi.

His latest recording of Grieg’s Piano Concerto recorded live in concert with BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sakari Oramo last October paired with a selection of Lyric Pieces was released in May 2015. Songs without Words, a selection of piano works by Mendelssohn, which was released in November 2014 has received unanimous critical praise. London’s Telegraph wrote, “Perianes, as he has shown on his previous Harmonia Mundi discs of Falla, Mompou, Schubert and other composers, is a pianist of impeccable and refined tastes, blessed with a warmth of touch.” His previous releases for the label include Schubert’s Impromptus and Klavierstücke, Manuel Blasco de Nebra’s keyboard sonatas, Mompou’s Música Callada, …les sons et les parfums focussing on works by Chopin and Debussy and Moto perpetuo, a selection of Beethoven sonatas. His recording of Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain and selected solo works received a Latin Grammy Nomination. 

In 2012 Javier received the ‘National Music Prize’ awarded by the Ministry of Culture of Spain.
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Dima Slobodeniouk

“Intensely expressive, he never makes the same movements even when revisiting ideas, he spurs on a rhythm and timing in the musicians which is exemplary, submerging them endlessly into the discourse…’’

Renewing his contract as Music Director of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Dima Slobodeniouk’s impact has been lauded for his deeply informed and intelligent artistic leadership. Combining his native Russian roots with his years of musical study in Finland Slobodeniouk draws on the powerful musical strengths of these countries. Always immersing himself into the setting as fully as possible he currently makes his homes both in La Coruña and Helsinki.

Slobodeniouk’s 2015/16 season in Galicia combines international soloists including Ewa Podles, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Anssi Karttunen, Dmitri Sitkovetsky with his passions for a broad scope of repertoire from Beethoven, Verdi, Mahler, Sibelius, Stravinsky to the modern, including works of Jonathan Harvey, the Catalan composer Benet Casablancas, and Magnus Lindberg which will feature the Spanish premiere of his cello concerto. The Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia will tour with Yefim Bronfman to Madrid and with Javier Perianes to Abu Dhabi.

Also in 2015/16 season, Slobodeniouk guest conducts with Lahti Symphony, Orchestre National de Lyon, Gothenberg Orchestra, Stuttgart Radio Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Phil-harmonic in Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw Hall, Lucerne Symphony, Iceland Symphony and as a regular guest he returns to Helsinki Philharmonic and Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. He will work with Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Baiba Skride, Viktoria Mullova, Tine Ting Helseth, Bar-bara Hannigan, and Helena Juntunen. With these two soprani he explores two song cycles of Unsuk Chin (‘Les Silences des Sirenes’ and ‘SnagS and Snarls’) respectively.
Passionate about working with young musicians of the future Slobodeniouk returns to work with student musicians of the Verbier Festival, and he begins a conducting initiative with Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia for a ten day period providing an opportunity for students to work on the podium with a professional orchestra.

This year saw the release of a CD of works of Lotta Wennäkoski with the Finnish Radio Sym-phony Orchestra for the Ondine label. Maintaining an active collaboration with BIS records the Finnish composer Sebastian Fagerlund is presented on the BIS label conducted by Sloboden-iouk with Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.
Slobodeniouk, Moscow-born, studied violin at the Central Music School under Zinaida Gilels and J. Chugajev continuing at the Conservatory’s Music Institute, Moscow in 1989 and at the Middle Finland’s Conservatory and the Sibelius Academy under Olga Parhomenko. In 1994, participated in the conductors class of Atso Almila. He continued his Sibelius Academy studies under the guidance of Leif Segerstam, Jorma Panula and Atso Almila. He has also studied un-der Ilja Musinin and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

With a passion for flying Dima Slobodeniouk recently obtained his pilot's licence and occasion-ally flies himself to his performances.

Sinfónica de Galicia

The Galicia Symphony Orchestra (OSG) founded in 1992 by the A Coruña City Council is the resident orchestra of the city's Opera House and one of Spain's leading symphonic ensembles. 

The orchestra, whose principal conductor since 2013-14 is Dima Slobodeniouk and Víctor Pablo Pérez as honorary conductor, comprises musicians from all over the world. 

It has been the resident orchestra at the La Coruña Mozart Festival since its inception in 1998, and at the Pesaro Rossini Festival (2003-2005). Much in demand in Spain, where it has given concerts in the nation's premier concert halls and most prestigious festivals and concert seasons, the OSG has also toured Germany and Austria on several occasions. In 2007 the orchestra went for the first time on tour to South America, with concerts in Chile, Argentina, Brasil, Uruguay and Montevideo, and at the end of 2009 the orchestra made his debut at the Musikverein historical hall in Vienna.

Some of the world's leading soloists have collaborated with the OSG as performers in its concerts, such Anne-Sophie Mutter, Maurizio Pollini, Krystian Zimerman, Gil Shaham , Sarah Chang, Grigory Sokolov, Leonidas Kavakos, Arcadi Volodos, Maria Joao Pires, F. P. Zimmermann, Mischa Maisky or Christian Lindberg being amongst the many who have appeared in its concert programmes. Singers who have shared the stage with the ensemble include Alfredo Kraus, Teresa Berganza, Plácido Domingo, María Bayo, Ainhoa Arteta, Juan Diego Flórez, Simon Estes, Mirella Freni, Ann Murray, Amanda Roocroft, Ildar Abdrazakov, Heldegard Behrens, Eva Marton, Giuseppe Giacomini, Philip Langridge, Carlos Chausson, Raúl Giménez, Isabel Rey, Carlos Álvarez, Ana María Sánchez o Giuseppe Sabbatini, to name a few, and its impressive roll-call of guest conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Sir Neville Marriner, Michail Jorowski,  Daniel Harding,  Gennadi Rozdestvenski,  Maurizio Pollini, James Judd ,Jean-Pascal Tortelier, Stanislaw Skrowaczeski, Libor Pesek, Peter Maag, Jesús López Cobos, Osmo Vänskä, Alberto Zedda, Emmanuel Krivine, Yoav Talmi, Raymond Leppard, Gabriel Chmura, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Josep Pons, John Nelson, Gianandrea Noseda, Ron Goodwin and Manfred Honeck.

The orchestra has made recordings for the labels Deutsche Gramophon, Sony, EMI, DECCA, Koch, Naïve, BMG and Arts together with musicians of the stature of Juan Diego Flórez, Kaori Muraji, Peter Maag, Antonio Meneses, Iván Martín, Manuel Barrueco-with whom has been nominee to 2007 Grammy’s in the best classical album category-, María Bayo, Plácido Domingo, Juan Pons and Ewa Podles, among others.
With over 430.000 visitors and more than 3.300.000 minutes watched from its Youtube channel in 2014, the Galicia Symphony Orchestra (OSG) has rapidly established itself as Spain’s most visited Orchestra on the internet.

The OSG has been awarded with the Real Academia Galega de Belas Artes Gold Medal and also the Galicia's Highest Cultural Honour, Galician Culture Award in 2010.

The OSG receives funding from A Coruña City Council, the Province of A Coruña and the Regional Government of Galicia.

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  • 14 Jan 2016
  • 20:00 - 22:00
  • Al Jahili Fort, Al Ain
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