Yet another musical legend is coming to Dubai Opera!
French composer, arranger, conductor and jazz pianist Michel Legrand will be celebrating his 85th birthday by performing at Dubai’s awe-inspiring new opera house for one spectacular night of classic Hollywood soundtracks and more.
If you’re not familiar with his work, Legrand’s most celebrated cinematic works include The Summer of 42, Yentl and The Thomas Crown Affair’s “The Windmills of Your Mind.”
Tickets for this one-off event go on sale on 23 November 2016.
With more than 50 years in the industry, writing more than 200 much loved film and television scores, Michel Legrand will be bringing his sensational songs to life on the Dubai Opera stage for the first time in the UAE.
Legrand has worked with some of the biggest names in the business, recording more than 100 albums with stars including Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra and Diana Ross.
“It is an honour to celebrate the life and works of Michel Legrand at Dubai Opera,” said Dubai Opera’s Chief Executive, Jasper Hope.
“His musical scores are as memorable as the incredible films they have brought to life and I am delighted we've been able to persuade him to share them live with an audience in Dubai for the very first time.”
One of the most iconic characters in film is being celebrated at a special exhibition at the Burj Khalifa.
Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style runs from Monday November 14 to Monday February 13, 2017, and features one of the largest collections of official memorabilia ever collated in one place.
Unique elements – music, gadgets, fashion, technology and more – from five decades of the franchise will be showcased in a specially designed space at the world’s tallest building. A star-studded launch party will be among the most glamorous events to be held at the iconic Dubai tower.
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Fans will recognise Scaramanga’s titular pistol from The Man with the Golden Gun and Daniel Craig’s wardrobe from Casino Royale, as well as the Spectre Aston Martin DB10, while the range of props, production design, costumes and weapons offer something for everyone, regardless of their interest in Ian Fleming’s spy.
The exhibition was first launched at London’s Barbican Centre in 2012 and has since visited Toronto, Shanghai, Melbourne, Moscow, Rotterdam, Madrid, Mexico City and Paris.
As part of the celebration, Emaar Properties will run a number of exciting activities during the run of the Designing 007 exhibition, among them movie marathons at Reel Cinemas, special exhibits at At The Top and even at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo (whether or not that’s Wet Nellie, the custom-built Lotus Esprit S1 submarine car from 1977’s The Spy Who Loved Me, remains to be seen).
There’s a new type of sporting event coming to town and you might be surprised to hear strollers will be just as important as sneakers.
Dubbed The Buggy Run, it will consist of two fun races, 2.5km and 5km, open to runners of all levels at Dubai Autodrome.
The one requirement for competitors to be able to hit the tracks is that they do it with a baby or child strapped in a buggy.
The first event of its kind in the Middle East has been organized by two Dubai-based sport-loving mums.
“When researching events we could train for, we realised there was a real gap for a community-focused, fitness event for whole families, and so...The Buggy Run was born!,” they explain on The Buggy Run website.
Mums, grandmas, dads and grandads are all invited to take part on the February 11th event, which starts at 6.30 am with registration and ends at 12pm.
Prices start at Dhs150 for a single buggy and single runner, Dhs245 for a single buggy and two runners.