The millions who captured the drama and technical perfection of the sinking of Titanic on the big screen cannot forget the performance of the diligent orchestra that played on until the historic ship was swallowed up by the Atlantic.

By Anjana Sankar

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Published: Fri 16 Apr 2004, 4:09 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 12:32 AM

I Salonisti, the troupe hired to play the ship's orchestra in the James Cameron film is coming to town on 18 and 19 of April, promising an evening inspired by 'The Arabian Nights.'

"It is going to be a unique event and the first of its kind in UAE," remarked Peter Vogler, Embassador of Switzerland in a press conference held at the Embassy.

The programme unites two compositions, which draw their inspiration from the world of Arabian Nights. The first Symphonic Suite 'Sheherazade' by Nikolay Rimsky is named after the central figure Sheherazade, who narrates the collection of tales. As a literary compliment to the programme, Lorenz Hasler will read out passages from the Arabian Nights.

In the second part, I Salonisti, will recreate the magic of the movie The Adventures of Prince Ahmed by playing the original sound track of the 1920 German movie by Lotte Reinger, who told the story of the prince in wonderfully graceful moving pictures.

The first full-length animated film in cinematic history, the movie was created by uniting more than 85,000 individual frames through the paper cutting technique, continuing the Chinese tradition of shadow play. In 'Ahmed', the story comes from the themes in Arabian Nights, where innumerable figures can be admired and visualised.

The movie restored later by the German Museum today forms a cultural and historic document. I Salonist aims to present this enchanting work once again to a wider audience.

I Salonist will perform at the Cultural Foundation, Abu Dhabi on April18 at 8 pm and at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dubai on April 19 at the same time. The concert id open for public.

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