Arab Music Institute
22 Ramsis St, Tel 02 2574 3373
Thurs 9 and Fri 10, 8pm: The Cairo Opera Company.
Sun 12, 8pm: The Arab Music Heritage Ensemble performs classical Arab songs.
Thurs 16, 8pm: Cello recital by Mohamed Ahmed.
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
Thurs 9, 8pm: The National Arab Music Ensemble in a repertoire of classical Arab songs.
Fri 10, 8pm: Piano recital by Moushira Issa.
Sat 11, 8pm: An exceptional concert by the Cairo Symphony Orchestra featuring oboist Wessam Ahmed, and conducted by Italian maestro Alessandro Crudele. The orchestra performs works by Haydn, Strauss and Tchaikovsky.
Wed 15 and Thurs 16, 8pm: Cairo Steps band performs music by Bassem Darwish, accompanied by the Cairo Opera Orchestra, conducted by maestro Nayeir Nagui. The concert will feature vocalist Dina El-Wedidi, munshid (religious chanter) Sheikh Ehab Younis, and German harpist Evelyn Huber.
Thurs 9, 8pm: Rania Yehia and her band.
Fri 10, 8pm: Oud duet Ghassan Al-Youssef and his wife Dina Abdel-Hamid.
Sun 12, 8pm: A Christmas concert features mezzo soprano Gala Al-Hadidy.
Mon 13, 8pm: Violin recital by Yasser Al-Serafy.
Thurs 16, 8pm: Jazz concert features Yehia Khalil and his band.
12 Al-Gumhouriya St, Abdin, Tel 02 2390 7707
Thurs 9, 8pm: Singer Medhat Mamdouh.
Fri 10, 8pm: A concert of songs composed by late composer Baligh Hamdy.
Sat 11, 8pm: A singing recital by Batoul.
Sun 12, 8pm: Breakthrough operetta Thamar Elroh Choir, led by Nabila Erian.
Tues 14 and Wed 15, 8pm: Shagaret Al-Durr dance performance by Forsan El-Sharq for Heritage Company.
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 9, 9pm: A rock night features 404 band.
Fri 10, 9pm: Bohemian Project presents a concert of classic and modern musicals.
Sat 11, 9pm: Independent music band Sol Dièse plays traditional Spanish music and spices the Spanish flamenco up with some Latin, gypsy and jazz flavoring.
Sun 12, 8pm: Karaoke night.
The Spot mall, infront of AUC Gate 4, New Cairo
Sun 12, 9pm: A stand-up comedy show by Komedy Koshk.
Mon 13, 9pm: The Sinatras are back with their Christmas vibes performing jazz and Christmas songs.
Tues 14, 9pm: Nesma Herky will be singing her heart out and perform her original songs and some of her favourite covers. She will be sharing the stage with her some of the finest musicians in the music scene:
Sohaib Al Naggar (Piano), Mahmoud Dessouky (Oud), Andrew Safwat (Bass guitar), and Yazeed Abdel-Rahman (Percussions).
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 9, 7pm: A stand-up comedy show by Comedy Mix.
Fri 10, 7pm: Rock night by Malaaz, Kato Hafiz and Khayal bands.
Sat 11, 7pm: Classic and Urban rock night by 404 and Strawberry Swing.
Tues 14, 7.30pm: Arab songs performed by The Talented Orchestra, conducted by Karem Abdel-Aziz.
Wed 15, 6.30pm: Kurdan troupe plays all types of music, especially the oriental music, and different cover songs from the 1980’s and 1990’s.
Thurs 9, 7pm: A Christmas jazz concert features saxophonist Daniel Sami and violinist Wael Anwar.
Sat 11, 7pm: Voice band performs songs of the 1980’s and 1990’s.
Thurs 16, 7pm: Pappillon band, conducted by Ahmed Gouda, in a repertoire of classical Arab songs.
International Cooperation Office, 24 Gamal Al-Din Abou Al-Mahassen St, Garden City, Cairo
Thurs 9, 7pm: Once Upon a Time I Entered a Garden dance performance is presented as part of the Breaking Walls Festival by NUT Dance Company, the performance is organized in collaboration with the Swiss Embassy and the International Organization for Migration, co-produced by the embassy and The Italian Cultural Institute in Cairo, to support women against gender-based violence and to give migrant women the opportunity to express their feeling and share their stories. The performance, created by Hazem Header, tackles the issues of the Egyptian women's society and the harassment, obstacles and the challenges that Egyptian women and girls are facing in the Egyptian society and streets in their daily lives.
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 9, 8pm: Yalla Fan band features Karim Zedan.
Fri 10, 8pm: Percussionist Nesma Abdel-Aziz performs on marimba, accompanied by her band.
Sat 11 and Sun 12, 8pm: Heart of David Choir performs hymns and Christmas songs.
Wed 15, 8pm: Alexandria Opera Children Choir.
Chatby, Alexandria 21526, Tel (03) 4839999
BA Conference Centre’s Main Hall
Sat 11, 7pm: BA Orchestra, conducted by maestro Nayeir Nagui, Youth Orchestra and Choir in a Christmas concert features Jacqueline Rafik (Soprano), Dina Eskandar (Soprano), Elhammy Amin (Tenor), Manal Mohi Eldin (Harp).
*A version of this article appears in print in the 9 December, 2021 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.