Abu Dhabi’s NSO Symphony Orchestra will perform its last public concert on April 27 at the Emirates Palace Hotel Auditorium.
Called A Night at the Movies… The Final Curtain, the performance — conducted by music director Andrew Berryman — will feature some of the most well-known orchestral music ever written for film: from the iconic Star Wars title theme, the swashbuckling Pirates of the Caribbean, Offenbach’s toe-tapping Can-Can from Moulin Rouge, the tear-jerker Ladies in Lavender theme and Strauss’ hilarious Die Fledermaus opera overture used in Tom & Jerry’s A Night at the Hollywood Bowl.
“NSO Symphony Orchestra has delighted discerning music lovers for the past seven years, both at the Emirates Palace and in venues across the emirates. With a growing number of world-class facilities opening in the UAE, attracting international soloists and orchestras, I feel it’s the right time to pass on the baton to these new purveyors, so that audiences can enjoy ever-more outstanding musical experiences,” said NSO founder and executive director Janet Hassouneh. “The Night at the Movies… The Final Curtain promises to be a thrilling concert and it will certainly be a fitting finale to a wonderful journey, during which I have enjoyed the strong support of Maestro Andrew Berryman and the many talented musicians who have been part of NSO.”
The NSO has performed for more than seven years in the UAE, and has been contracted by many high-profile performances, including to accompany Andrea Bocelli when he sang for some 10,000 people at du Arena in 2016, and to perform live at the screening of Disney’s animated film, Frozen, in 2016, the BBC’s The Blue Planet with Sir George Fenton for the opening ceremony of the Volvo Ocean Race in 2014, at the World Skills event in 2017, and to worldwide TV audiences such as the World Cup horseracing extravaganza in 2014.
Although NSO Orchestra & Chorus will perform publicly for the last time on April 27, the NSO Music Agency will continue to exist.
Tickets, starting at Dh100, are available online.