Art Alert: Scheherazade and Beethoven's piano concerto open Cairo Symphony Orchestra new season

Ahram Online , Thursday 3 Sep 2015

The 57th season of the Cairo Symphony Orchestra will open with the famed Scheherazade symphonic suite and Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 1

Beethoven (L) and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (R)
Beethoven (L) and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (R)

The Cairo Symphony Orchestra's new season opens Saturday, 5 September, at the Cairo Opera Main Hall. The concert will be conducted by Ahmed El-Saedi, the orchestra's principal conductor and music director.

The evening's complete programme will include Leonore Overture No 3 in C major, Op 72b, followed by the Beethoven's Concerto No 1 for Piano and Orchestra in C major, Op 15.

The soloist of the evening will be German pianist Eva Schaumkell.

This will be the first concert of the "Beethoven's Piano Concertos" series, which will span over several few weeks featuring the concertos on each Saturday.

The second half of the evening will include Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's symphonic suite Scheherazade Op 35.

Scheherazade is among the classical music works very frequently performed in Egypt, usually at least once in a season, and under the baton of different conductors. Its popularity always draws large audiences to the Cairo Opera Main Hall. Ahmed El-Saedi conducted the piece more than once over the past few years.

Saturday, 5 September, 8pm
Main Hall, Cairo Opera House, Zamalek, Cairo

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