Acclaimed pianist Lang Lang to join over 500 Chinese, Egyptian artists performing in Egypt's Luxor
Ahram Online, Tuesday 19 Jan 2016
Celebrating 60 years of diplomatic relations between two countries, over 500 renowned artists from Egypt and China will participate in an artistically rich show in Luxor

Celebrating the beginning of the new Egyptian-Chinese cultural year and the 60th anniversary of Egyptian-Chinese diplomatic relations, a grand scale performance, including some of the most renowned artists and troupes from both countries, will be staged on Thursday 21 January at Luxor Temple.

Among the remarkable guests from China is internationally acclaimed pianist Lang Lang and soprano Ying Huang.

Lang Lang will play the fourth movement of Yellow River, the piano concerto based on the renowned Chinese composer Xian Xinghai's Yellow River Cantata.

The evening will also include the China Disabled People's Performing Art Troupe -- consisting of deaf performers -- who will stage Thousand-hand Guan Yin, the goddess of mercy, a classical dance show inspired by the goddess. The audience will be treated to a troupe of acrobats, also from China.

The mutual celebrations will be accentuated with a fusion of traditional Egyptian and Chinese music.

The Cairo Opera Ballet Company will stage an Arabic and Pharaonic dance, choreographed by the troupe's artistic director Erminia Kamel.

The artists will also perform the victory scene from Opera Aida and aria 'Nessun dorma' from Puccini's Turandot. The Egyptian soloists of the evening will be soprano Iman Moustafa, mezzo soprano Jolie Faizy, bartone Mostafa Mohamed, bass Abdel Wehad El-Sayed and bass baritone Reda El-Wakil.

The Cairo Opera Festival Orchestra, Cairo Opera Choir and A Capella Choir will be conducted by Nayer Nagui.

The evening will be directed by Abdalla Saad.

Chinese president Xi Jinping will arrive in Cairo on Wednesday to meet his Egyptian counterpart Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to discuss regional matters and bilateral relations, then will head to Luxor on Thursday, MENA reported.

The Chinese president's trip to Egypt is part of a larger Middle East tour, the first of its kind in 10 years. He will arrive in Luxor on Thursday to attend the celebration at Luxor temple.

The Egyptian Culture Minister Helmy El-Nemnem arrived in Luxor on Monday to receive his Chinese counterpart who will arrive to Luxor on Tuesday. Both ministers will prepare for Thursday's celebration.

El-Nemnem said the choice of Luxor temple to hold the celebration comes in the context of supporting tourism by shedding light on Luxor's Pharaonic monuments for the world to see.

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