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Art Alert: Renowned Egyptian musician Omar Khairat at Bibliotheca Alexandrina

The concerts are part of Bibliotheca Alexandrina's 17th International Summer Festival, which lasts till the end of August

Ahram Online , Monday 29 Jul 2019
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Renowned Egyptian pianist and composer Omar Khairat and his orchestra will perform twice at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina on 5 and 6 August as part of the venue's 17th International Summer Festival.

One of the most popular contemporary composers in the region, Khairat has composed the scores for 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).

Khairat, 70, also composes music for theatre and special ceremonies, such as the opening of important Egyptian and regional cultural festivals.

Khairat has also arranged compositions by celebrated Egyptian musician Mohamed Abdel-Wahab, releasing them as Wahabiat 1 and 2. His arrangements of Oum Kalthoum’s songs have also brought him acclaim.

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina's festival kicked off on Friday 26 July and will continue until Saturday 31 August at its theatre in Alexandria.

The festival includes a variety of artistic activities like music concerts, theatre plays, film screenings, poetry, and stand-up comedy, in addition to a series of workshops and lectures on various aspects of art.

Programme:                                         
Monday 5 August and Tuesday 6 August at 8pm
Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Alexandria Library), Great Hall, Alexandria

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