Art Alert: Sound of Egypt Orchestra to play soundtracks with 'national' theme

Ahram Online , Tuesday 5 May 2015

Conducted by Ahmed Atef, the Cairo Symphony Orchestra will explore the wealth of Egyptian music for films, this time choosing a "national" theme

Ahmed Atef

Founded and conducted by Ahmed Atef, the Sound of Egypt Orchestra aims at reviving music from well-known Egyptian movies.

The orchestra also provides a platform for well-established and young talented composers to present their soundtracks to a wider audience.

In each concert, Atef chooses a leading theme for the soundtracks. In the last concert, the music was drawn from comedy movies.

During the upcoming concert, on Friday 8 May, the Cairo Symphony Orchestra will play soundtracks with a "national" theme.

Atef picked compositions from films such as Al-Kahira 30 (Cairo 30), a 1966 Egyptian drama film directed by Salah Abu Seif; Kasr El Shawk, a 1967 drama based on a novel by Naguib Mahfouz and directed by Hassan Al Imam; Al Ard by Youssef Chahine (1969), among many other iconic Egyptian movies.

The soundtracks' composers include Ali Ismail, Omar Khairat, Ammar El-Sherei and Atef himself, among others.

Friday 8 May, 8pm
Cairo Opera House, main hall


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