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Akhenaten performance at the Cairo Opera House is a must go
Published in Ahram Online on 24 - 11 - 2020

The cultural activities have started gradually to reopen in the country. The reopening has included theatres, museums, galleries, national circus, which operate under the culture ministry. In its first stage, the resumption of activities will be open at only 25 percent audience capacity across all venues

American University in Cairo
Mon 30, live stream at 7pm: The Music Programme presents Carol Abead's Graduation Recital. Grace Notes: Prayers, Love Songs and Opera Arias. The live streaming link and concert programme will be posted on the event's Facebook page. Link:

Arab Music Institute
22 Ramsis St, Tel 02 2574 3373
Thurs 26, 8pm: Cromatex ensemble, led by Hassanein Sharaf Eldeen.
Fri 27, 8pm: The Cairo Opera Orchestra in a chamber music concert.
Sun 29, 8pm: The National Arab Music Ensemble performs Abdel-Wahab songs.

Arab Oud House (Beit Al-Harrawi)
Mohamed Abdu St, behind Al-Azhar Mosque, Tel 02 2510 4174
Sat 28, 7pm: Oud recital by Salma Mokhtar and her troupe.

Beit Al-Seheimi
Al-Muaaz St, Al-Darb Al-Asfar Alley, Al-Gamalya District, Tel 02 2787 8865
Every Sunday, 7.30pm: The Nile Troupe for Folk Instruments, conducted by Abdel-Rahman Al-Shafaai, performs dances and songs from Upper Egypt on mizmar, tabla and other traditional musical instruments.
Every Friday, 7.30pm: “Al-Aragouz wa Khayal Al-Zel” (The Shadow Puppet), a free public performance by clowns in Al-Muaaz Street, presented by Wamda and directed by Nabil Bahgat.

Cairo Opera House
Gezira Exhibition Grounds, Tel 02 2737 0602/2736 0361, box office 02 2739 0132/0144
Main Hall
Thurs 26 and Fri 27, 8pm: The Egyptian Modern Dance Theatre Company presents Akhenaten performance.
Sat 28, 8pm: Celebrating Beethoven Year, the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, conducted by maestro Ahmed El-Saidi and accompanied by violinist Hassan Sharara, performs Beethoven's Violin Concerto and Symphony No.3 and Antonín Dvořák's Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 141.
Small Hall
Fri 27 and Sat 28, 8pm: A gala concert by the Cairo Opera Company performs Christmas songs.

Al-Gumhouriya Theatre
12 Al-Gumhouriya St, Abdin, Tel 02 2390 7707
Thurs 26, 8pm: The Arab Music Heritage Ensemble performs classical Arab songs.
Fri 27, 8pm: Awtar band, led by Amr Abdel-Moneim.

Al-Ghouri Caravansary
Mohamed Abdou St, off Al-Muaaz St and Al-Azhar St, Tel 02 2514 7475
Al-Tanoura whirling dervishes perform to live Sufi music
(Performances every Sat, Mon, and Wed, 7pm).

All Saints' Cathedral
5 Michel Lutfallah St, Zamalek, Tel 02 2736 3679
Main Theatre
Thurs 26, 7-8pm and 8.30-9.30pm: Isis String Orchestra, conducted by violinist Khaled Saleh, will give a concert together with Awtar Quartet.

Manasterly Palace
1 Al-Malek Al-Saleh St, Al-Roda Island, Manial, Tel 02 2363 1467
The International Music Centre
Fri 27, 8pm: Piano recital by Mohamed Shams performing international romantic classics by the likes of Sebastian Bach, Morris Ravel, Franz List, Mikhail Glinka, and Rakhmaninov.

Room Art Space & Café
The Spot mall, infront of AUC Gate 4
Sun 29, 8pm: Comedy Monsters (stand-up comedy show Open-Mic).
Mon 30, 9pm: The Gypsy Jazz Project.
10 Etehaad Al Mohamin St, Garden City, Tel 01000 681539
Thurs 26, 9pm: The Violin Project with Amr Darwish.
Thurs 3, 9pm: Rami Attallah Jazz Trio.

El-Sawy Culturewheel
End of 26th of July St, under the 15th of May Bridge, Zamalek, Tel 02 2736 8881/6178/2737 4448
River Hall
(No entry without a mask and the hall will be open at only 25 percent audience capacity)
Fri 27, 6-8pm: An evening of poetry features poet Hisham Algakh, accompanied by music.
Sat 28, 7.30pm: The Sinatras band performs the best of Frank Sinatra.
Mon 30, 7.30pm: Oscarisma band.
Wisdom Hall
Thurs 26, 7pm: The Egyptian Al-Mawlawiya troupe, led by Sufi chanter Amer Al-Toni, in a repertoire of Sufi chants and dances.
Fri 27, 7pm: A concert of classical music performed on piano by Sherif Hamdy and his students.

Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre)
Fouad St, Mahatat Al-Raml, Alexandria, Tel 03/486 5106
Thurs 26, 8pm: The National Arab Music Ensemble performs classical Arab songs.
Sun 29, 8pm: A Sufi night features chanter Wael Alfashny.

*A version of this article appears in print in the 26 November, 2020 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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