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Art Alert: Three Valentine's celebrations at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Celebrating Valentine's day, Bibliotheca Alexandrina will host three concerts filled with love songs and romantic melodies, on 12, 14 and 15 February

Ahram Online , Wednesday 4 Feb 2015
Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Photo: Ati Metwaly)
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Bibliotheca Alexandrina will host three Valentine's themed concerts, featuring the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) Chamber Orchestra and soloists, Les Petits Chats singers, as well as Nesma Mahgoub, on 12, 14 and 15 February respectively.

On 12 February (8pm), conducted by Nayer Nagui, the BA Chamber Orchestra will play a selection of some of the most cherished love songs. 

The soloists of the evening will be Christine Magdy Eskander, Marilena Roussoglou, Mireille A. Banoub, Nathalie Alain Mikhail, Amr Abdelsalam and Remon Ezzat.

The evening will include over 20 songs from the popular repertoire with iconic hits such as: Love Story, Beaury and the Beast, I Know Him So Well, All I Ask of You etc. The artists will also perform a cover of Ever Forever, the well known hit by Demis Roussos, who passed away on 25 January this year. 

On 14 February (7pm), the Bibliotheca will host Les Petits Chats singers Wagdi Francis, Sobhi Bidair and Pino on guitar. The singers will be accompanied by Rami Soussou on keyboard and the choir led by Nayer Nagui.

With their Golden Years in the 1960s and the 1970s, Les Petits Chats's made a few returns with the biggest in 2010. Last year, Les Petits Chats singers performed at the closing of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina's Summer Festival (August 2014).

Les Petits Chats were among the most popular bands playing covers, managed by one of the singers Wagdi Francis. Throughout the years, the band's line up was changed, incorporating musicians such as Omar Khairat, Ezzat Abou-Ouf who then became a well-known actor, guitarists Freddy Rizk and Bert Andresia, Lukas, Hany Shenouda, as well as Sadek Gallini who continues to perform with Sobhi Bidair in Sobhi and Friends band.

On 15 February (8pm), Nesma Mahgoub will invite the Bibliotheca great hall's audience to some well known love songs.

Winner of Star Academy 8 (2011), a pan-Arab television talent show, Nesma Mahgoub sings a wide range of genres with equal ease: from operatic material to Oriental music and Western pop. Her vocal talent is matched with a captivating stage presence and acting skills.

Over the past few years she has also made several appearances in theatre performances and musicals produced by Fabrica Theatre Troupe. 



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