Abu Dhabi Choral Group Brings ‘Nostalgia' to the Arts Center

The performance represents a global collaboration of 48 of Abu Dhabi Choral Group’s top artists from 15 different countries.

Press Release

Abu Dhabi Choral Group (ADCG), the longest running amateur music group in the UAE, will perform Nostalgia, an online show featuring their greatest hits, at The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) on Monday, December 14 at 8pm (UAE time, GMT +4). This is the third collaboration, following the success of Quarantania Mania in June this year and FOOTLOOSE! The Musical the year before. The highly anticipated show highlights The Arts Center’s support for the UAE’s arts and culture scene.

The livestream of ADCG’s Nostalgia will feature 48 of their top members from 15 countries, who have played a large role in building the group’s reputation and large fan base. They will perform popular songs from favorite ADCG shows including 9-to-5 and Legally Blonde, which has enthralled UAE audiences and left an indelible mark on Abu Dhabi theater over the past decade.

The Arts Center’s ongoing relationship with ADCG is rooted in our commitment to the community and to weaving the Arts Center into the fabric of the UAE’s art and culture scene. A fan favorite, ADCG brings joy and light to people around the UAE. They also speak to the importance of participating in the arts as a central way that people from so many diverse places -- including members of the NYUAD community -- can create a sense of home in the UAE.  As NYUAD celebrates its 10-year anniversary, this nostalgic look back at the past decade of ADCG shows helps us to reflect upon these valued and meaningful relationships.

Executive Artistic Director at The Arts Center at NYUAD Bill Bragin

With Nostalgia, we’ve threaded together a variety of our favourite numbers that bring back great memories from ADCG’s past. It promises to take the audience on an emotional journey back in time to when live performances were a possibility and a joy. We contacted previous musical directors and choreographers to lead the ensemble, and rehearsals have been held over the last three months on Zoom. Members chose to reprise their favourite songs and many of these digitally-mastered performances include original archived footage from the original ADCG performances. ADCG cannot wait to be able to bring live music and theatre to audiences again in the future.

Chairperson of ADCG and Head Musical Director for Nostalgia Caroline Kelly

Established in 1977 and in its 43rd season, ADCG is the longest-running amateur music group in the UAE. The community-driven group includes artists from the large expat population in Abu Dhabi, from more than 15 nationalities, with talents ranging from first-time performers to seasoned veterans. It has staged over 75 shows and performs two shows a year with a musical revue in the fall and a fully-staged musical in the spring. Its shows include FOOTLOOSE! The Musical (2019) The Addams Family (2016), Legally Blonde The Musical (2015), Curtains (2014),  The Wedding Singer (2013), Once Upon a Mattress (2012), Urinetown (2011), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (2010), Meredith Willson’s The Music Man (2009) and Cole Porter’s Anything Goes (2008).

About NYU Abu Dhabi

NYU Abu Dhabi is the first comprehensive liberal arts and research campus in the Middle East to be operated abroad by a major American research university. NYU Abu Dhabi has integrated a highly selective undergraduate curriculum across the disciplines with a world center for advanced research and scholarship. The university enables its students in the sciences, engineering, social sciences, humanities, and arts to succeed in an increasingly interdependent world and advance cooperation and progress on humanity’s shared challenges. NYU Abu Dhabi’s high-achieving students have come from over 115 countries and speak over 115 languages. Together, NYU's campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai form the backbone of a unique global university, giving faculty and students opportunities to experience varied learning environments and immersion in other cultures at one or more of the numerous study-abroad sites NYU maintains on six continents.