Monday, January 10, 2011

Dubai Concert Committee 15th Anniversary Gala

Well, I'm back... and already missing Dubai.  2 weeks really isn't enough.  I'm just counting down the days until summer now :(

Anyway!  The day before we left, I attended a classical music (piano) concert at the Madinat Jumeirah.  It was am-ah-zing!! I'm so glad we went!   It was the 15th Anniversary Gala, organized by the Dubai Concert Committee, to celebrate the committee's commitment to providing high quality classical music concerts in Dubai since 1996!  Back then the concerts used to be held at the Holiday Inn Crown Plaza.  The main artist who performed the piano concert at the beginning of the evening was Gergely Boganyi, and he was the best pianists I had ever seen!  He performed various pieces from Liszt and Chopin, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Liszt (this year) and the 200th anniversary of the birth of Chopin (last year).  I loved his expressive performance, and since Chopin is my favourite composer, it was very special!  If you want to find out more information about Boganyi, you can take a look at his website:  http://www.gergelyboganyi.com/

The evening started off with a Welcome Reception (where they served champagne, and some canapes), followed by the piano concert.  We then moved into the Joharah Ballroom, where we were served a three course Gala dinner.  In between each course, Boganyi would perform various pieces on the piano (placed in the middle of the room, with the tables surrounding it).  He played several popular classical pieces accompanied by two opera singers: Ildikó Gaál Wéber (mezzo-soprano)  and Xavier Rivadeneira (tenor).    An auction was also incorporated into the evening before dessert.  


Here are some pictures of the performances during dinner: 














Unfortunately, we didn't get any pictures of Boganyi during the main piano concert, but my sister took some of the piano afterwards...



http://www.dubaiconcertcommittee.com/htm/Gala.htm

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