Arab Music Institute
American University in Cairo
New Cairo Campus
Malak Gabr Theatre
Tues 13, 7-9pm: Singer/songwriter Tasneem Elaidy performs her first tribute concert to “Women of Color”, a night full of soul. She performs and honors Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone songs, and many more (Registration is required, free and open to the public, Proof of vaccination is a must).
Arab Music Institute
22 Ramsis St, Tel 02 2574 3373
Fri 9, 8pm: Singer Ahmad Ali El-Haggar.
Sun 11, 8pm: The Arab Music Heritage Ensemble performs classical Arab songs.
Thurs 15, 8pm: Classical Arab songs performed by Al-Fan Al-Sadeq (true art) troupe.
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 8, 8pm: The National Arab Music Ensemble, conducted by maestro Mustafa Helmy, in a repertoire of classical Arab songs composed by the likes of Mohamed Fawzi, Mohamed El-Mogui, Farid El-Atrash and Baligh Hamdy.
Sat 10, 8pm: The Cairo Symphony Orchestra.
Sun 11 and Mon 12, 8pm: The Cairo Opera Orchestra features pianist Omar Khairat.
Wed 14 and Thurs 15, 8pm: The Cairo Symphony Orchestra, conducted by maestro Mohamed Saad Basha, together with the Cairo Opera Company, A Cappella Choir, and the Cairo Opera Ballet Company present Christmas concerts, directed by Hisham El-Tally.
Thurs 8, 8pm: Jazz concert by Yehia Khalil and his band.
Sun 11, 6pm: The Cairo Children Choir for Arab Music.
Tues 13, 8pm:A chamber music concert features Ghada Shaker.
Thurs 15, 8pm: A concert of compositions by the late Gamal Abdel-Rahim.
12 Al-Gumhouriya St, Abdin, Tel 02 2390 7707
Sat 10, 8pm: The Orient Melodies musical troupe features Manal Afifi.
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, 7.30pm).
1 Saad Zaghloul St, Al-Mounira, Cairo, Tel 2792 0878
a repertoire of traditional music of the Nile Delta, Al Jaafra music played by Arab Tribes from Aswan and Nass Makan band.
Every Wednesday, 9-10pm: Zar music and songs by Mazaher ensemble featuring Umm Sameh, Umm Hassan and Nour Al-Sabah.
Thurs 8, 8pm: A stand-up comedy show by Walid Khairy and Mina Selim.
Rawabet Art Space
3 Hussien El Meaamar St. ext. of Mahmoud Basiouny St, from Talaat Harb Square, Downtown
Thurs 8, 7.30 and 9.30pm: Dissociative Identity Disorder contemporary dance show is directed by Ezzat Ismail. The show is a reference and a guideline, to reflect the state our generation (Gen Y/ Millennial generation) is in for the last 40 years, this generation of the 80’s and 90’s was exposed to massive, radical, dramatic and extreme changes in their lives, on different levels socially, economically, technologically, politically and intellectually, these changes of everything around the Gen Y led them to build different characteristics and personalities, so that they can cope and survive with these events.
Mon 12, 8pm: “Esseily on Stage” author Ahmed Esseily presents a stand-up comedy show for the first time.
Room Art Space & Café
10 Etihad Al Mohamin, Garden City, Tel 01000 068 159
Thurs 8, 9pm: Arabic singing carries the authentic Egyptian identity in the midst of a group of beloved fans and friends performed by oud player Saad Eloud and his band.
Fri 9, 9pm: The Sinatras Christmas night features Lynn Hisham.
Sat 10, 9pm: Taht El Sefr, an independent indie rock band aims to challenge the audience with a collection of adventurous sounds and themes that inspire and connect on a personal level.
Sun 11, 9pm: Arabic singing carries the authentic Egyptian identity in the midst of a group of beloved fans and friends performed by oud player Saad Eloud and his band.
Wed 14, 9pm: Singing recital by guitarist Rania Shaalan.
Thurs 15, 9pm: Alan Bishop's solo shows as Alvarius B. are a highly entertaining mix of singer/songwriter material wrapped inside a comedic smoking jacket, always shifting gears and never performing the same show twice, almost akin to riding in a Cairo taxi driven by a foreigner. One thing is guaranteed: You will not witness anything like it here in Egypt, so don’t miss it.
The Spot mall, Infront of AUC Gate 4, New Cairo
Mon 12, 9pm: Come join Mohab Kaddah in celebrating Christmas this year with some Christmas stories and songs, and more.
Tues 13, 7pm: Christmas concert by khaltabeta band. The band has created different playlists consisting of original songs with different topics and cover songs with different languages while keeping a special arrangement.
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 8, 7pm: “The Gray Man Tour” features singer Hany Adel.
Fri 9, 3.30 and 7.30pm, Sat 10, 7pm: Poetic and musical evening with poet Amr Hassan.
Sun 11, 7.30pm: Singing recital by Mohamed Mano.
Thurs 15, 7pm: The Egyptian Mawalwiya troupe, led by Sufi chanter Amer El-Toni performs Sufi dances and songs.
Thurs 8, 7.30pm: State of Harmony band.
Thurs 15, 7.30pm: Singing recital by Ali El-Helbawi.
Tahrir Cultural Centre (TCC)
AUC’s Tahrir Campus, Al-Sheikh Rihan St, off Tahrir Square, Tel 02 2615 2694/01280009077
Ewart Memorial Hall
Thurs 8, 8pm: The Cairo Choral Society and Cairo Festival Orchestra present “Music for Troubled Times” concert, conducted by Veronica Del Puert, performing Joseph Haydn’s Farewell Symphony and Missa in Angustiis. It features soloists Virginie Foucard, Jolie Faizi, Joseph Kauzman and George Gamal (Free and open to the public, Proof of vaccination is a must, soft copy).
Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre)
Fouad St, Mahatat Al-Raml, Alexandria, Tel 03/486 5106
Fri 9, 8pm: Singing recital by Hannan Mady.
Wed 14, 8pm: A concert by Alexandria's Talents Development Centre.
Thurs 15, 8pm: Art Street band.
Sun 18, 8pm: The Cairo Symphony Orchestra, directed by maestro Mohamed Saad Basha, together with the Cairo Opera Company, A Cappella Choir, and the Cairo Opera Ballet Company present Christmas concerts, directed by Hisham El-Tally.
Chatby, Alexandria 21526, Tel (03) 4839999
Thurs 8, 10am: “Around the World in One Hour” a children concert performed by BA Orchestra, conducted by Nayer Nagui.
Sat 17, 7pm: “Baroque Music Night” by BA Orchestra featuring oboe player Wessam Amin.
*A version of this article appears in print in the 8 December, 2022 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly