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Art Alert: Baligh Hamdi memorial concert at Cairo Opera House

The concert will be introduced by the Abdel-Halim Nowera Ensemble conducted by Salah Ghobashi

Sarah Refaat, Wednesday 4 Sep 2019
Abdel Halim Nowera Ensemble
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The Cairo Opera House is marking the 26th death anniversary of prominent Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdi with a concert on Thursday 5 September at the Main Hall, Cairo Opera House.

The concert will be introduced by the Abdel-Halim Nowera Ensemble for Arab Music, previously known as the Arab Music Company, conducted by Salah Ghobashi.

The repertoire will include some of the unforgettable patriotic and romantic pieces by Hamdi, including Ala Al-Rababa, Ohdono El-Ayam, El-Teir El-Mesafer, Kana Yama Kan and many others.

Baligh Hamdi

Hamdi (1931-1993) started his music career as a singer before gaining wide fame as a composer. He collaborated with most of the top-tier singers of his time, from Abdel-Halim Hafez and Umm Kulthoum to Warda, Nagat, Shadia, Mohamed Roshdy and Fayza Ahmed, in addition to shedding light on their following generation's stars like Afaf Radi, Hani Shaker, Samira Said and Latifa, leaving a huge legacy.

Renamed after Nowera following his passing in 1985, the ensemble is composed of around 50 singers and 40 musicians and many will perform solo in Thursday's event.

Since its establishment in 1967 by the prominent composer Nowera, the ensemble has become internationally renowned, introducing a series of events at the Cairo Opera House and other halls in the country as well as abroad in Turkey, Iraq, Spain, Libya, the USA and various Gulf countries.

Programme:
Thursday 5 September at 8 pm
Main Hall, Cairo Opera House, Zamalek

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