Art Alert: Scheherazade, Arabic music in Fatimid Cairo

Ahram Online , Monday 15 Jun 2015

Awtar Quartet will play excerpts from Scheherazade and known compositions from the Arabic music repertoire at Al-Rabaa Cultural Centre

(Photo: Awtar quartet facebook event)

On Sunday 21 June, four musicians will bring western classical music and Arabic compositions to Al-Rabaa Cultural Centre in the heart of Fatimid Cairo’s El-Moez Street.

The evening will feature excerpts from Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's famed Scheherazade, arranged for the string quartet.

Besides Scheherazade, the audience will have an opportunity to listen to new arrangements of classical Arabic songs and music by Abdel-Wahab, Farid El-Atrash, Rahbani Brothers, Ammar El-Sherei and Omar Khairat.

This is not the first time for the quartet to bring music to Al-Rabaa Cultural Centre (location known as Alrab3). Last May, they played classical, tango and Arabic music in the same centre.

Since it was founded in 2012, Awtar Quartet has performed in several venues, including the Cairo Opera House.

The Quartet members -- Yasser Ghoneim on first violin, Khaled Saleh on second violin, Essam Abdel-Hamid on viola and Mohamed Abdel-Fattah on cello -- perform works by Egyptian composers, western classics and light music.


Sunday 21 June, 9pm

Al-Rabaa Cultural Centre, Al-Moez Street, Gammaliyah, Cairo

(Next to Al-Aqmar mosque) 

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