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Art Alert: Egypt's famed musician Omar Khairat in two concerts at Cairo Opera

The 70-year-old is one of the most popular contemporary music composers in the region who was able to make his tunes memorable and recognised, gaining international success

Ahram Online , Sunday 25 Nov 2018
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Egypt's renowned composer and pianist Omar Khairat will give two concerts at the Cairo Opera House on 17 and 18 December.

The 70-year-old is one of the most popular contemporary music composers in the region who was able to make his music memorable and recognised, gaining international success.

Khairat composed the musical scores of over 50 Egyptian films, including The Sixth Day (1984), The Terrorist (1993), Mafia (2002), Girl's Love (2003), The Embassy in the Building (2005) and Deer's Blood (2006).

In television, his memorable works include Lailat El Qabd Ala Fatma (1984) and Dameer Abla Hekmat (1991).

He also composes music for theatre and special occasions, such as the opening ceremonies of important Egyptian cultural and regional festivals.

Khairat has also arranged compositions by celebrated Egyptian musician Mohamed Abdel-Wahab, releasing them as "Wahabiat" 1 and 2. His arrangement of the well-known songs of Um Kulthoum brought him additional acclaim.

Programme:                   
16 and 17 December, 8pm
Cairo Opera House, Min Hall, Zamalek, Cairo

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