Bait Al Oud musicians from across the world will perform from their homes under the artistic supervision of oud legend Naseer Shamma, and streamed live online today.

Following the success of ‘Naseer Shamma & Friends’, the online concert which spread a message of hope during the current pandemic, the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) is conducting ‘Visits from Bait Al Oud’, where Bait Al Oud musicians from all over the world will perform from their homes under the artistic supervision of oud legend Naseer Shamma, and streamed live online.

The first of the series is on today (May 13) at 8.30pm.

‘The Story of the Oud’ concert will celebrate the diversity of the instruments used in classical Arabic music and will showcase the wide range of instruments taught at the Bait Al Oud school, including the oud, violin, qanoon, vocal and cello.

The series, on Wednesdays, continues with ‘Bait Al Oud and Abu Dhabi Classics: Universal Mozart’ on June 3 at 8:30pm. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s genius will be the highlight as Shamma, Bait Al Oud musicians and selected classical musicians from Europe and Asia come together to perform his music, with a special focus on compositions inspired by the Arab World.

Arabic classical singing will also be showcased as part of ‘Bait Al Oud’s Tribute to Classical Arabic Singing’ on June 17 at 8:30pm.

Shamma has received more than 60 awards and accolades, and released albums in Italy, Egypt, Algeria and the UK with more than 60 compositions
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Shamma, graduated students and distinguished teachers from Bait Al Oud Abu Dhabi will revisit the rich tradition as they offer an instrumental and vocal experience paying tribute to the greatest Arabic voices, including Umm Kulthoum and Fairuz.

"In trying times such as these, it is important to continually foster a sense of community and togetherness, and to spread hope as much as we can," said Shamma. "I’ve found that one of the best ways to deliver the message of hope is through music."

A world-renowned maestro from Iraq, Shamma is a distinguished oud player who has received more than 60 awards and accolades, and released albums in Italy, Egypt, Algeria and the UK with more than 60 compositions. As the Unesco Artist for Peace and goodwill ambassador to the International Red Crescent and Red Cross Societies, Shamma will continue to use his talent to spread a message of hope alongside the talented graduates of Bait Al Oud and instructors such as Sherine Tohami, Bassam Abdel Sattar, Mohamed Dohai, Ahmed Taha, Ali Duraidi and Fateen Qanaan.

The public will be able to watch these concerts on youtube.com/AbuDhabiCulture.

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