Art Alert: Omar Khairat in 3 concerts at Cairo Opera

Ahram Online , Sunday 30 Aug 2020

Khairat's orchestra is expected to perform a selection from his famous repertoire

Omar Khairat
Egyptian pianist and composer Omar Khairat

Renowned Egyptian pianist and composer Omar Khairat and his orchestra will return to the Cairo Opera House to give three concerts in September at the Fountain Theatre after months of absence due to pandemic.

The concerts, scheduled for two successive nights on Thursday 10 and Friday 11, weeks before the third is held on Tuesday 29 September, are expected to witness a selection of Omar Khairat's famous repertoire.

One of the most popular contemporary composers in the region, Khairat has produced 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), Deer's Blood (2006) and 2019's patriotic hit Al-Mammar (The Passage).

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

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

Khairat has also arranged compositions by iconic Egyptian musician Mohamed Abdel-Wahab, releasing them in Wahabiat 1 and 2 albums, in addition to arrangements for Oum Kalthoum’s songs.

Cultural events and activities in Egypt were resumed last month as part of phase one of the country's reopening after the COVID-19 shutdown. All events are being held under strict measures that include social distancing, obligatory masks, and sanitisation.

Thursday 10, Friday 11 and Tuesday 29 September, 8:30
Fountain Theater, Cairo Opera House

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