Amir Bashtak Palace
Al-Moez St, Tel 02 2787 9187
Thurs 19, 7.30pm: Singer Angham Mustafa performs classical Arab songs, accompanied by her band.
Arab Music Institute
22 Ramsis St, Tel 02 2574 3373
Fri 20, 8pm: Said Osmanand his band Shomoaa.
Wed 25, 8pm: The Cairo Opera Companyin a gala concert.
Thurs 26, 8pm: A gala concert.
Al-Muaaz St, Al-Darb Al-Asfar Alley, Al-Gamalya District, Tel 02 2787 8865
Every Sunday, 7.30pm: 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, 7.30pm: “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.
MAAT for Contemporary Art|Cairo Contemporary Dance Centre is inviting Cairo’s audience to “20 Years MAAT” (7 to 21 December), ten days of celebrating dance on the occasion of its 20th anniversary. It will include different events: dance performances, dance classes, music, and talks (For any inquiries or booking through the phone, call 16826).
Sat 21, 8pm: A full schedule of free open dance classes.
Cairo Opera House
Gezira Exhibition Grounds, Tel 02 2737 0602/2736 0361, box office 02 2739 0132/0144
Thurs 12 and Fri13, 8pm: The Cairo Opera Company, the Cairo Festivity Choir, and the Cairo Opera Orchestra, conducted by maestro Nayer Nagui,celebrate the Christmas performing international songs.
Sun 15, 8pm: The National Arab Music Ensemble in a repertoire of classical Arab songs.
Mon 16 and Tues 17, 8pm: Pianist Omar Khairat and his orchestra.
Thurs 19 and Fri 20, 8pm: The Cairo Steps Orchestra Project (Egypt/Germany), led by Bassem Darwish on oud and accompanied by the Cairo Opera Orchestra,for the first time, conducted by Nayer Nagui.
Sat 21, 8pm: TheCairo Symphony Orchestra concert.
Sun 22, 8pm: The Abdel-Halim Noweira Arab Music Ensemble concert.
Wed 25, Thurs 26, Fri 27, Sat 28, Sun 29, 8pm: The Cairo Opera Ballet Company, directed by Erminia Kamel and the Cairo Opera Orchestra, conducted byAhmed Farag perform Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker ballet.
Thurs 12 and Fri 13, 8pm: Oriental jazz by Yehia Khalil and his band.
Sun 15, 8pm: The Cairo Opera Choir, accompanied by piano
Mon 16, 8pm: Guitar recital by Waheed Mamdouh.
Wed 18, 8pm: Flute and harp recital by Safaa Abdel-Rahman and Amira Hamed and singing by Dahlia Farid.
Thurs 19, 8pm: Sphinx Orchestra, led by Hany Hassan.
Fri 20, 8pm: A Christmas concert featured by soprano Gala Al-Hadidi, accompanied by pianist David Hales.
Sun 22, 8pm: The Talents Development Centre concert.
Mon 23, 8pm: Violin recital by Yasser Al-Serafy.
Tues 24, 8pm: Walt Disney songs performed by Mohamed Helmy.
Thurs 26, 8pm: A chamber music concert features Doaa Saber.
12 Al-Gumhouriya St, Abdin, Tel 02 2390 7707
Thurs 19, 8pm: Awtar band, led by Amr Abdel-Moneim.
Fri 20, 8pm: Al-Enshad Al-Dini troupe in a repertoire of classical Arab songs.
Thurs 26, 8pm: The National Arab Music Ensemble in a repertoire of classical Arab songs.
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, 7.30pm).
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 8.30pm 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.
1 Al-Malek Al-Saleh St, Al-Roda Island, Manial, Tel 02 2363 1467
The International Music Centre
Fri 20, 8pm: A piano recital by Adam Heron. Born in Hong Kong in 1999 of Nigerian-Filipino descent, pianist Heron is one of today’s leading young pianists. He is a winner of the Irish Heritage Music Award and finalist of the finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year contest. He will perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Sonata in F-major K. 280, Johann Sebastian Bach’s English Suite No. 2 in A-minor BWV 807, Frédéric Chopin's Nocturnes Op. 27, Isaac Albéniz's Iberia, Book One and Johannes Brahms's Four Pieces for Piano Op. 119.
Al-Manar International Conference Centre
Fri 27, 6.30pm: The super stars Tamer Hosny and Ramy Gamal for the first time in the biggest Christmas and New Year concert.
El Mastaba Centre for Egyptian Folk Music
30 A El-Balaqsa St, Abdeen, Downtown, Tel 011 50995354
Al Dammah Theatre for Free Arts
Every Saturday, 8pm: (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.
Must Opera House
Al-Motamayez District, next to Dar Al Fouad Hospital, 6th of October City, Giza, Tel 01094444273/4/5 – 16828
Tues 24, 8pm: Singer Medhat Saleh features the Christmas concert, accompanied by the musical troupe, led by Amr Selim.
Room Art Space
The new branch of Room Art Space hosts 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 where live music events and concerts are featured on a daily bases, hosting up to 400 guests per event, and its open from 9am till after midnight.
Russian Cultural Centre
127 Tahrir St, Dokki Metro Station, Giza, Tel 02 3760 6371
Thurs 19, 7pm: “The Russian Accordion Feast” concert features Russian accordionist Svyatoslav Shershukovand singer Marta Serebriakova.
End of 26th of July St, under the 15th of May Bridge, Zamalek, Tel 02 2736 8881/6178/2737 4448
Thurs 19, 7pm: Singing recital by Mohamed Said.
Fri 20, 8pm: Ayamna Alhelwa band, conducted by Mohamed Osman.
Sat 21, 7.30pm: Christmas carols by Hosanna Group.
Sun 22, 8pm: Singing recital by Fakhr Lokman.
Wed 25, 8pm: A concert features singer and composer Nesma Herky.
Thurs 19, 8pm: Jazz songs by Hany Mustafa or Hany Must.
Fri 20, 7.30pm: Religiouschanting by Sheikh Yassin Al-Tohamy.
Sat 21, 8pm: Rock music by Vyrus band.
Tues 24. 6.30pm: Al Zahrawan band.
Thurs 26, 7.30pm: The Egyptian Mawlawiya troupe, led by Sufi chanter Amer Al-Toni, performs Sufi chants and dances.
Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre)
Fouad St, Mahatat Al-Raml, Alexandria, Tel 03/486 5106
Thurs 19, 8pm:Alexandria Opera Companyfor Arab Music and Singing.
Sun 22, 8pm:The Cairo Steps Orchestra Project(Egypt/Germany), led by Bassem Darwishon oud and accompanied by the Cairo OperaOrchestra, for the first time, conducted byNayer Nagui.
Tues 24, 8pm: Alexandria Opera Children Choir concert.
Thurs 26, 8pm: A musical concert, conducted by maestro Selim Sahab.
*A version of this article appears in print in the 19 December, 2019 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.