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Hisham Kharma's concert at the Cairo Opera House is a must go
Published in Al-Ahram Weekly on 13 - 06 - 2019

Arab Music Institute
22 Ramsis St, Tel 02 2574 3373
Fri 14, 8pm: The Arab Music Heritage Ensemble.
Sun 16, 8pm: Abdel-Wahab songs performed by the National Arab Music Ensemble.
Thurs 20, 8pm: The Talents Development Centre concert.

Al-Azhar Park
Salah Salem Road, Darassa, Tel 02 2362 5057
Thurs 20, 7.30pm: Celebrating the International Music Day, the French Institute organises the Cairo Music Festival and invites you to discover emerging French and Egyptian musical talents. The atmosphere of Rai music will surround Al-Azhar Park this year. Rachid Taha is undoubtedly an exceptional ambassador for Rai music. This year's edition will be dedicated to Rachid Taha, who left our world in 2018. The French Institute in Egypt invited the participating artists this year to make the subject of their cooperation this the music of Rachid Taha.
Your date with Eastern Jazz for the first-floor band, the modern Rai by Sufian Saidi and the Mascala team, and you can dance to the tunes of popular pop music with the DJ Contesé.
(The concert is free and does not include entry to Al Azhar Park).

Beit Al-Seheimi
Al-Muaaz St, Al-Darb Al-Asfar Alley, Al-Gamalya District, Tel 02 2787 8865
Every Sunday, 9.30pm: 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, 9.30pm: “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 13 and Fri 14, 8pm: The Cairo Opera Company and the Cairo Opera Orchestra, conducted by David Crescenzi, perform Donzetti's opera “Elixir d'Amour” withSet Design by Mohamed El Gharabawy, Lighting Design: Yasser Shalaan, Choir Master: Pascale Rozier, Vocal Coach: Davide Dellisanti, and Choreographer: Erminia Kamel.
Sat 15, 8pm: The Cairo Symphony Orchestra, conducted by maestro Ahmed El Saedi and featuring violinist Ryu Goto, performs L.v. Beethoven: "Egmont" Overture, Op. 84, and Concerto for Violin & Orchestra in D major, Op. 61.
Open-Air Theatre
The Cairo Opera House Summer Festival (12-20 June)
Thurs 13, 8pm: Singer Ali Al-Haggar and his band.
Fri 14, 8pm: Singer Tamer Ashour and his band.
Sat 15, 8pm: Wust Al-Balad band.
Sun 16, 8pm: Taksir Sharqi band presents works combining Egyptian folkloric music, such as zar and mawwal, with contemporary music.
Mon 17, 8pm: Musician Hisham Kharma performs his own compositions such as the Sunset piece as well as other works from his album The First Voyage.
Tues 18, 8pm: Singer Carmen Sueliman.
Wed 19, 8pm: Singer Mohamed Al-Sharnoubi.
Thurs 20, 8pm: Singer Nesma Mahgoub.
Small Hall
Fri 14, 8pm: Singer Hannan Mady.

French Cultural Institute
Heliopolis, Masr Al-Gedida, Tel 02 2417 4824
Wed 19, 11am-2.30pm: On the occasion of the Music Festival, the institute organizes a children's Karaoke singing competition.

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, 9.30pm).

Al-Gumhouriya Theatre
12 Al-Gumhouriya St, Abdin, Tel 02 2390 7707
Thurs 13, 8pm: The National Arab Music Ensemble.
Thurs 20, 8pm: Al-Enshad Al-Dini (religious chanting) troupe.

Saad Zaghloul St, Al-Mounira, Cairo, Tel 02 2792 0878
Every Monday, 9pm: (fixed event) Zikr and Sufi night.
Every Tuesday, 9pm (doors open at 9.30pm and reservations is canceled at 7.30pm): Mawawil and Gamalat Shiha present traditional music of the Nile Delta; Nubian Fadeka music and songs with Aragid, featuring Saleh Abbass and Farah Al-Masri; traditional Sudanese music and songs performed by Queen of Henna Settouna; Al-Jaafra music played by musicians from Aswan; Nass Makan (People from Makan) and Sanet perform traditional music from Eritrea.
Every Wednesday, 8pm: Zar music and songs by Mazaher, featuring Umm Sameh, Umm Hassan and Nour Al-Sab.
El Mastaba Centre for Egyptian Folk Music
30 A El-Balaqsa St, Abdeen, Downtown, Tel 011 50995354
Al Dammah Theatre for Free Arts
Thurs 13, 9pm: Darawish Abul-Gheit group presents a special Sufi night.
Every Saturday, 9pm: (fixed event) Asyad Al-Zar (The Zar Masters) band. The Zar Masters band is comprised of some of the few remaining Egyptian and Sudanese Zar performers playing Tanbura, Toza
(small 2 sides percussion) Mangour, (a wide belt of goat hooves worn around the hips), Marakesh (hand-held rattles) and the tambourine.

Room Art Space
New Cairo
The new branch of Room Art Space is set to host live music shows on a daily basis. Room's new branch is located in The Spot mall in front of AUC gate on 4,370 square metres with indoor and outdoor areas that will host live music events and concerts on a daily bases, hosting up to 400 guests per event, and will be open from 9am till after midnight.


Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre)
Fouad St, Mahatat Al-Raml, Alexandria, Tel 03/486 5106
Thurs 13, 8pm: Alexandria Opera Company for Arab Music and Singing.
Sun 16, 8pm: The Cairo Symphony Orchestra.
Thurs 20, 8pm: The Arab Music Heritage Music Ensemble.

Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Chatby, Alexandria 21526, Tel (03) 4839999
Small Hall
Thurs 13, 8pm: The 20th Century Master Composers concert is presented by BA Chamber Orchestra, conducted by maestro M. Saad Basha featuring Oboe player Wessam Amin and Pianist Amir Awad.

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