By Janice Ponce de Leon, Staff reporte www.gulfnews.com
Dubai:If you were to put them onstage side by side a typical symphony orchestra, Dubai Youth Orchestra will definitely prove that when it comes to the love for music, age is just a number. And rightly so, when the master conductor raised his hand to begin the concert on Sunday night, their music dominated the jampacked Pavilion Downtown Dubai and left the audience in awe.
From their debut concert in March, the Orchestra — a non-profit organisation of children aged 6, teens and above — has definitely grown and expanded to accommodate more young musicians and some of their parents. Now its second concert this year, the repertoire included the debut performance of another musical group, the Dubai Oud Club.
The introduction of the Oud Club is part of the Orchestra’s goal of keeping their performances fresh, innovative, and pleasing to the ears. Majority of the Orchestra’s members may be young, but their talent is being honed to perfection to contribute to the UAE’s cultural scene.
“We are working very hard to improve the sound production. We are working very hard to improve the musical materials. We are a serious group of people. We are working hard and we are going to continue our mission,” Imad Abeidoh, conductor and co-founder of the Orchestra, told Gulf News. More info