Abu Dhabi: The roots of classical music came from the Arab world to Europe. Classical music does not and should not belong to one single country but to humanity in general.

Those were the words of Till Janczukowicz, Executive and Artistic Director of Abu Dhabi Classics, at a press conference held yesterday to announce the second season of Abu Dhabi Classics, running from October, 2009 to May, 2010.

The 2009-2010 Abu Dhabi Classics brings together orchestras and artists from all over the world.

The focus of the festival is to impart knowledge of music theory and practice in schools for different levels and age groups in accordance with a curriculum and a set programme.

New York Philharmonic to feature in Abu Dhabi

The second Abu Dhabi Classics season, run by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH), will be held at the Emirates Palace Auditorium in Abu Dhabi and Al Jahili Fort in Al Ain with the New York Philharmonic as one of the main highlights of the event.

About 300 tourists from Europe have already reserved tickets for the event in May, said Janczukowicz.

Abdullah Al Amiri, Director of the Department of Culture and Arts, ADACH, said that the event's success brought together symbols of world music in a short period. "That represents the determination and persistence of the UAE capital to make art, music and culture part of everyday life and be the leading centre of culture in the world," he said.

The other highlights of event are: Stars of Tomorrow (featuring cello players, soloists and pianists aged 8 to 25), Symphonic Masterworks of Mozart and Beethoven, Disney in Concert and Valentine's Day Gala.

Two extra services being offered are subscription package and free shuttle service which includes Al Ain and Dubai.