Art Alert: Celebrating love with El-Sakia String Orchestra

Ahram Online , Sunday 15 Feb 2015

On Tuesday 17 February, El-Sakia String Orchestra will give a concert themed with love at El-Sawy Culturweheel

El-Sakia String Orchestra
Wessam Amin (left) and Mohamed Saad Basha (right) (Photo: from the concert's promotional material)

Following Valentine's Day and still embedded in love mood, El-Sakia String Orchestra will take the audience through the journey in the evening dubbed "Love Themes."

Conducted by Mohamed Saad Basha, the orchestra's founder and principal conductor, the musicians will play the well-known compositions infused with warmth and serenity.

The program will include works such as Albinoni's Adagio, Tchaikovsky's Waltz of the Flowers, Bizet's l'Arlesienne Suite No. 1 and Piazzolla's Oblivion & Libertango.

The oboe soloist Wessam Amin will play Cimarosa's Concerto for Oboe and Strings.

Amin is a graduate of the Cairo Conservatory. In the early 2000s he continued his studies in Germany at the Hochschula fur Musik, Frankfurt.

He won the first prize as oboist at the ministry of culture music competition twice, in 1994 and 1999, and a prize for chamber performance from the same institution in 2007. 

Currently holding a position of the 1st oboe at the Cairo Symphony Orchesra, Amin is also teaching at the Cairo Conservatory and the American University in Cairo.

El-Sakia String Orchestra was formed in October 2010 with the aim of promoting classical music through El-Sawy Culturewheel, a centre that mainly offers pop and rock concerts to young audiences.

Through the string orchestra's activities, young people gain easy access to classical music and its values.

Now in its fifth year, the orchestra gives one concert a month, on every third Tuesday of the month at El-Sawy Culturewheel and most recently it also performed moved outside the centre's walls reaching out to broader audiences.

Tchaikovsky - Waltz of the Flowers

Tuesday 17 February, 8pm
El-Sawy Culturewheel, Wisdom Hall, 26th of July street, Zamalek, Cairo

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