Egyptian musicians perform at UNESCO, France

Ahram Online , Sunday 14 Dec 2014

The Orchestra for Peace, 'Salam Shalom,' conducted by Egyptian conductor Nader Abbassi, with soprano Amira Selim, performed during celebrations of Human Rights Day

Salam Shalom Orchestra for Peace
Still from YouTube video: Human Rights Days celebrated with Orchestra for Peace 'Salam Shalom', conductor Nader Abbassi

Celebrating Human Rights Day (10 December), the Orchestra for Peace, 'Salam Shalom,' gave a concert at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France, on 9 December.

The orchestra was conducted by Egyptian Nader Abbassi, featuring soloists soprano Amira Selim and baritone Richard Rittelmann.

The concert opened with Bach's Harpsichord Concerto No 5 in F minor with soloist Miguel Angel Estrella, Argentinian pianist and UNESCO ambassador.

The concert also included arias from famous Mozart operas and Mendelssohn's Symphony No 4.

In a video prepared by Opinion Internationale, Abbassi explained that "the concert includes love duets from Mozart sung by two soloists, an Arab and a Jewish singer. This is a fantastic symbol, something that I think did not exist before."

Founded in 1988, 'Salam Shalom' orchestra consists of Muslim, Christian and Jewish musicians.

This is not the first time for Egyptian musicians to perform at UNESCO. Among the most recent appearances from Egypt was last April when the Cairo Celebration Choir, conducted by Nayer Nagui, performed chosen works from its collection of Aghani bel Arabi (Songs in Arabic), featuring compositions by Sayed Darwish, Gamal Abdel-Reheim and Awatef Abdel Kerim, among others.

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