Art Alert: Easter concert with Fauré's Requiem, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky at Cairo Opera

Ahram Online , Monday 26 Mar 2018

The concert that will include Fauré's Requiem alongside Beethoven's Leonore Overture and Tchaikovsky's Capriccio Italien will be conducted by Hisham Gabr

From L to R: Beethoven, Faure, Tchaikovsky

On Saturday 31 March, the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, the  Cairo Acapella Choir, conducted by Hisham Gabr will perform Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem in D minor, Op. 48, an exquisite work, innovative and fresh, and one of the best-known large choral works, frequently performed across the concert halls until date.

“Everything I managed to entertain by way of religious illusion I put into my Requiem, which moreover is dominated from beginning to end by a very human feeling of faith in eternal rest,” Fauré is known to have said about Requiem.

The Requiem was performed at the composer’s funeral in 1924.

Soloists of Fauré's Requiem in Cairo are soprano Iman Moustafa and bass Reda El Wakil. 

Last time, the Requiem was conducted by Gabr was in April 2017, when he led the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Orchestra and Choir.

The evening will also include Beethoven's Leonore Overture No. 2 Op. 72a and Tchaikovsky's Capriccio Italien Op. 45.

The concert comes as part of Easter celebrations at the Cairo Opera.

Saturday 31 March, 8pm
Cairo Opera House, main hall, Zamalek, Cairo

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