Al Ain gets set for musical gala

The latest concert put on by the AAMAG featured talented performers residing in the Capital of the Eastern Region. Mezzo-soprano Gabriele Malzahn was born in Germany where she obtained a music teacher's diploma with distinction.

By Focus On Al Ain By Jgc

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Published: Mon 19 May 2003, 9:05 PM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 11:05 PM

Proficient in both piano and double bases, she decided that her greatest talent lay in her voice and she studied singing with renowned teachers in Germany, Italy and Austria, thus developing her range of musical expression and stage presence. She has performed in Europe, Africa and Asia including UAE where she took up residence in 1998.

Stephen Aston, pianist, is an English lecturer at the UAE University in Al Ain. His music studies started at the age of nine when he joined the choir of New College, Oxford. Since then he has sung and played both violin and piano in various ensembles in many different countries. His partnership with Gabriele was formed four years ago and in January this year, they gave two concerts in Egypt when Gabriele taught a master class at the Cairo Conservatoire.

Jonathan Tadd Aubrey started clarinet studies at the age of 10. He earned a MM from the University of Massachusetts, and has taken part in numerous concert tours of US, Germany, and the Netherlands. For several years, he performed in the Republic of Korea as Principal Clarinetist with the Kwanju Philharmonic Ensemble and with the Johannes Brahms Society in Seoul.

Last week's concert was held on Friday in the ballroom of the InterContinental Hotel, Al Ain. The title was "Women's Lives, Loves and Longings", a recital of songs and music by English composers of the 19th and 20th centuries. The concert was much appreciated by Al Ain's music lovers to whom the talent of the Garden City performers was clearly obvious.

The next offering of the Al Ain Music Appreciation Group is quickly on the scene. On May 30, there will be a recital of 'Romantic and Modern Flute and Harp Music' by Rachel Hetherington (flute) and Shelley Frost (harp), at the Al Ain Rotana Hotel.

The concert will start at 6pm in the Zakher Ballroom. Tickets are Dh50 for adults and Dh10 for children.

Elvis Presley is back

FANS of the 'King' will be making their way to the Horse and Jockey next Thursday to take in the next performance by Al Ain's own Elvis Presley, Andy Simpson.

Andy, an aircraft weapons technician in the Garden City, started his 'second career' after his show stopping performance in 'Joseph and his Technicolor Dreamcoat' staged by the Al Ain Choral Society back in 1999. Since then, Elvis has staged over 20 performances throughout the UAE and seven with his current backing group 'Return to Sender'. This features Martin Wallis, lead guitar from Dubai, Marvin Taylor, base and EFL lecturer in Al Ain, Lee Eppard , rhythm guitar and teacher Al Dhafra School, Eddie Misk drummer and utility supplier, and drummer Tony Potter.

Darling, Darling

THE Oasis Amateur Theatrical Society based in Al Ain was formed last summer by Director Andrew Reynolds to produce a fun performance for Christmas, which could be shared by all members of the Garden City Community.

The result was the overwhelmingly popular traditional pantomime 'Aladdin' which is a story familiar in most cultures and which could easily be adapted to local humour. Forty amateur thespians including 14 children, acted in three sold out performances.

Andy Reynolds' new venture is 'Darling, Darling', a comedy set in Dubai with a cast of only six. That the three ladies are all airhostesses will tempt theatre buffs to see the connection between the double barrelled title and a more famous stage play.

Following his previous role as Prince Asif, Jason Bird, Manager of the HandJ plays John, Man about Town. The hero has to juggle the appearances of three fiances played by Helen Maunton, Children's Nurse at Tawam, Clary Moran, Teacher of English at HCT, and Sharm Moh'd Raja, Teacher at Al Ain Liwa School. In the panto, Sharm played the leading role of Alladin, while Helen was the Genie of the Ring. Clary has been involved in dramatics from the age of six when she appeared in the Cadbury's Roses advert on UK TV.

'Darling Darling' will be performed at the InterContinental Hotel, Al Ain, over three evenings commencing, 25th May.

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