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A season of events leading up to the opening later this year of the Louvre Abu Dhabi has kicked off with a concert mixing traditional Arab music with a classical Western orchestra.Led by German-born conductor Christoph Eschenbach, the performance on Abu Dhabi's Saadiyat island Wednesday evening saw 10 Emirati musicians playing alongside 120 members of the Vienna-based Gustav Mahler youth orchestra.Built at a cost of $500 million, the Louvre Abu Dhabi will feature 9,200 square meters of gallery space.Many of France's grand museums, including the Louvre, the Musee d'Orsay and the Palace of Versailles, will loan art to Abu Dhabi as part of a 30-year collaboration with the Emirate worth $1 billion.
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