American University in Cairo
Al-Sheikh Rihan St, off Tahrir Square, Tel 2615 2694/01280009077
Ewart Memorial Hall
Thurs 2, 8pm: The AUC’s Music Programme presents a concert in memory of David Hales, an extraordinary pianist, accompanist, coach, and teacher. It will feature the Cairo Festival Orchestra and 14 distinguished soloists. They all worked with Hales over the past 40 years, presenting the music of many composers, from Bach, Handel, and Mozart to Tchaikovsky, Puccini, and Piazzolla (All concerts are free of charge and are open to the public. Due to Covid-19, seats are limited, and people will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis).
Amir Taz Palace
27 Al-Syoufiya St, off Al-Saliba St, Al-Khalifa District, Tel 02 2514 2581
Thurs 25, 7pm: Amir Taz Palace choir features the choir’s emerging singers such as Nada Assem, Mohamed Al-Salhy, Habiba Abdel-Aziz, Ahmed Shawki, Riham Anwar, in a repertoire of classical Arab songs.
Arab Music Institute
22 Ramsis St, Tel 02 2574 3373
Thurs 2, 8pm: Sayed Darwish Heritage Ensemble for Arab Music.
Sat 4, 8pm: Singing recital by Maye Kamal.
Sun 5, 8pm: The National Arab Music Ensemble performs Abdel-Wahab songs.
Thurs 9 and Fri 10, 8pm: The Cairo Opera Company.
Al-Muaaz St, Al-Darb Al-Asfar Alley, Al-Gamalya District, Tel 02 2787 8865
Every Sunday, 7pm: 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, 7pm: “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.
Cairo Opera House
Gezira Exhibition Grounds, Tel 02 2737 0602/2736 0361, box office 02 2739 0132/0144
Tues 7, 8pm: The Cairo Opera Orchestra, conducted by maestro Nayeir Nagui, performs the compositions of Rageh Dawoud.
Thurs 9, 8pm: The National Arab Music Ensemble in a repertoire of classical Arab songs.
Wed 8, 8pm (Tickets are free but registration is required via [email protected]): The Austrian Cultural Forum presents the Austrian classical music ensemble Trio Alba. The ensemble explodes passion, irresistible playfulness and technical perfection. The concert is a marvelous journey through the world of classical music with a brief, yet captivating detour to Austrian contemporary music. Musicians are Philipp Comploi (Cello) - Chengcheng Zhao (Piano) -Livia Sellin (Violin). The repertoire includes Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ghost (Geistertrio), Piano Trio in D major, op. 70 No.1, Allegro vivace e con brio, Largo assai ed espressivo, Presto, Friedrich Cerha’s Night Piece (Nachtstück) from Piano Trio (2005), and Bedřich Smetana’s Piano Trio in G minor, op. 15, Moderato assai, Allegro, ma non agitato - Alternativo I. Andante - Alternativo II. Maestoso, Finale – Presto.
Thurs 9, 8pm: Rania Yehia and her band.
12 Al-Gumhouriya St, Abdin, Tel 02 2390 7707
Thurs 2, 8pm: The Abdel-Halim Noweira Arab Music Ensemble in a programme of classical Arab songs.
Fri 3, 8pm: A concert features Isis String Orchestra.
Sun 5, 8pm: Al-Enshad Al-Dini troupe performs religious chants.
Thurs 9, 8pm: Singer Medhat Mamdouh.
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 and Wed, 7pm).
42 Al-Oroba St, off Beirut St, Misr Al-Gedida, Tel 011 42464426
Fri 3, 8pm: Tranquil Note band plays a variety of genres including classical, jazz and Middle Eastern music. All with new arrangements along with some of their own originals. Band members: Mohamed Rifaat (Piano), Nasr Marei (Drums), Karim Wassef (Contrabass),
Tamer El-Ebrashy (Cello), Mohamed Mohie Sharara (Violin)
Emad Atef (Flute), and Walid Galal (Percussions).
1 Saad Zaghloul St, Al-Mounira, Cairo, Tel 2792 0878
Every Tuesday, 8-10pm: Mawawil features vocalists Hend and Sara in a repertoire of traditional music of the Nile Delta, Al Jaafra music played by Arab Tribes from Aswan and Nass Makan band.
Every Wednesday, 8-10pm: Zar music and songs by Mazaher ensemble featuring Umm Sameh, Umm Hassan and Nour Al-Sabah.
Room Art Space & Café
10 Etihad Al Mohamin, Garden City, Tel 01000 068 159
Thurs 2, 9pm: Meganio Samir and Youssef Moanis perform Magda El Roumi’s songs.
Fri 3 December, 9pm: Guitarist Ali Omar El-Farouk invites vocalist Nathalie Bichara in a one-of-a-kind performance. El-Farouk launches a new series of ‘INVITE’ concerts, where in each concert he invites a different artist from Cairo’s diverse music scene to perform with him. In the first concert of the ‘INVITE’ series he invites the lovely voice Bichara to perform together a selection of carefully-selected jazz and pop tunes.
Sat 9, 9pm: Rap night with three uprising rappers MCM and TORKY opening up the show, followed by Fakhaa.
Sun 5, 8pm: Garden City’s Karaoke night is back.
Thurs 9, 9pm: A rock night features 404 band.
The Spot mall, infront of AUC Gate 4, New Cairo
Mon 6, 9pm: Takht El Sellem is performing for the first time.
Takht El Sellem is an Egyptian band founded in 2020 with unique fusion music style. They acquire flexibility when it comes to genres and languages from covers of International and Arabic tracks to originals. Band members: Ahmed El-Shaer (Lead Vocal/ Guitarist),
Ahmed Salah Lalla (Solo Guitar/ Oud), Bahareya (Percussion), and Moe (Bass Guitar).
End of 26th of July St, under the 15th of May Bridge, Zamalek, Tel 02 2736 8881/6178/2737 4448
(No entry without a mask and the hall will be open at only 25 percent audience capacity)
Thurs 2, 7.30pm: The Elite in a stand-up comedy show.
Fri 3, 3 and 7pm: Egyptian poet Amr Hassan in a different musical poetic concert. He will perform new poems, accompanied by a musical band.
Sat 4, 7.30pm: A singing recital by Muslim.
Sun 5, 7.30pm: Al Awela Balady troupe revives the heritage of the late singer Sheikh Emam.
Tues 7, 7.30pm: Nogoum Masreya band performs Arab classical songs.
Thurs 9, 7pm: A stand-up comedy show by Comedy Mix.
Thurs 2, 6 and 8pm: El Sawy Culturewheel Puppet Theatre show revives the concerts of Umm Kolthoum performs two of her much-loved songs Hob Eih (what’s love got to do with it) and Aml Hayaty (hope of my life).
Fri 3, 8pm: Violinist Azmy in an outstanding performance.
Sat 4, 7pm: “Voice of The Heart”, a ballet performance by Fatima Marzouq.
The Armed Forces Officers Club, Zamalek, Tel 01101153105
Thurs 9, 8pm: Sheikh Yassin Al-Tohamy performs religious songs and chants.
Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre)
Fouad St, Mahatat Al-Raml, Alexandria, Tel 03/486 5106
Thurs 2, 8pm: The Alexandria Opera Company for Arab Music and Singing.
Sun 5, 8pm: Sharaa Alfan (street of art) band.
Tues 7, 8pm: The Indian dance troupe.
Wed 8, 8pm: The Alexandria Opera Strings Orchestra.
Thurs 9, 8pm: Yalla Fan band features Karim Zedan.
Chatby, Alexandria 21526, Tel (03) 4839999
BA Conference Centre’s Main Hall
Sat 4, 7pm: BA Orchestra, conducted by maestro Hisham Gabr and featuring pianist János Balázs in a symphonic concert.
Jesuit Cultural Centre
298 Port Said Street, Sidi Gaber, Alexandria
Tues 7, 7pm (Tickets are free but registration is required via the following FB page facebook.com/JCCAlex): The Austrian Cultural Forum presents the Austrian classical music ensemble Trio Alba.
*A version of this article appears in print in the 2 December, 2021 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.