Following widespread success around the globe in cities like London, Paris, Los Angeles and Singapore, Candlelight has brought its unique concert series to Abu Dhabi’s greatest venues. These magical tributes invite music aficionados to experience some of the greatest music of all time under a new light. From classical compositions to rock anthems and iconic pop hits, there is a diverse range of programs offered each season. For those of you that want to discover what all the hype is about, here are seven reasons to attend Candlelight that will convert even the most skeptical into a believer.
1. The musicians
The first reason why these enchanting performances are really special, are the trained musicians who effortlessly command their instruments. Whether it’s a string quartet, a talented oud player, a virtuoso pianist or a talented jazz band, the musicians performing Candlelight concerts are true professionals. Watching them perform with precision and passion is inspiring, making us feel a wide range of emotions, from joy to nostalgia.
2. The atmosphere
Candlelight takes place at venues with great architectural beauty and cultural significance, including luxury hotels, concert halls and theatres. But besides the location, there’s few plans out there that can compare to the soft glow of thousands of candles that flicker and dance to familiar melodies. The warm atmosphere created by the soothing candlelight leaves every guest enchanted.
3. Captivating tributes to timeless composers
In the early 1600s, it was only the nobility and people in politics that could enjoy music commissioned by either religious institutions or political ones. As history progressed, so changed the way classical music was heard and enjoyed in the society. By the 18th century, besides the aristocratic elite, a growing middle class born from trade and colonisation was able to enjoy popular compositions at the time at concert halls and operas, thus opening up the genre to a wider audience. A niche one at that, since only these social groups could afford tickets.
Despite the historic development of classical music and particularly, who could enjoy it, Candlelight is making the genre more accessible and giving it greater exposure. Classical music is stepping out into the public realm easier that ever, thanks to Candlelight’s tributes to some of the most accomplished composers. You can always expect to hear eternal compositions in Abu Dhabi, by the likes of Vivaldi, Beethoven, Händel, Puccini and Mozart.
4. It’s not all classical music!
Besides hearing the works of classical greats, the Candlelight concert series boasts a diverse range of tributes offered each season in Abu Dhabi. From tributes to rock legends like Queen and Coldplay, incredible icons like Whitney Houston to some of the most magical holiday film scores, whatever you’re into, there’s something for everyone.
5. Learn the stories behind the music
Another reason why guests choose to return to a Candlelight concert, are the interesting anecdotes and facts the musicians share between songs. They not only live and breathe music, but are almost sacred keepers of knowledge on everything music. Certainly, hearing some of the most iconic songs in history is always rewarding, but learning some backstory on the artists and how they worked is both educational and entertaining.
6. Unbeatable ticket prices
Candlelight concerts are for everyone. In fact, Candlelight’s greatest mission is to “democratize access to culture and entertainment.” For this reason, you can find tickets at different prices depending on the seating. For as little as AED150.00, you can catch tributes to classical composers, rediscover your favorite contemporary songs and travel back to some of the most iconic on-screen moments.
7. Rave reviews from around the world
The mesmerising concert series has received countless 5-star reviews from attendees who have experienced these one-of-a-kind performances not just in Abu Dhabi, but all over the world.
It was such a treat.. I planned this to surprise my husband on his birthday who is a crazy fan of Queen.. it literally brought tears to his eyes.. such beautiful renditions of the songs.. we thoroughly enjoyed it.. a must try experience…
Just beautiful! How do you make 4 string instruments sound like a rock record!! Immaculate!
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Beautiful concert. Intimate setting and fantastic, emotive performance by Magdalena
Whether you want to enjoy this experience alone, with your friends and family, or with that special someone, a Candlelight concert is a guaranteed memorable night out. What are you waiting for?