Cairo Choral Society returns with Brahms' Requiem

Ahram Online, Sunday 5 Feb 2012

The Cairo Choral Society, conducted by John Baboukis, to perform Brahms' Requiem and a composition by Nayer Nagui on the revolution titled Métamorphose

Cairo Choral Society

On 14 and 15 February, the Cairo Choral Society returns with the Brahms' Requiem, which will be performed in one of it's traditional venues: All Saints' Cathedral in Zamalek.

The choir planned to perform Brahms' Requiem (Ein deutsches Requiem) at the end of November 2011, but the tense political situation forced them to postpone the performance.

The evening will also include a short composition by Nayer Nagui titled Métamorphose. According to the choir's promotional material: "Métamorphose is a short work for orchestra, mixed choir and qanoun solo. It describes the post-revolution period in Egypt with its uncertainty and instability, but also the sometimes interrupted, but never dying, hopes for a better future."

The soloists of the evening will be Anne-Marie Condacse (soprano), Ashraf Sewailam (bass-baritone).

The Cairo Choral Society was established in 1983 by Larry P. Catlin with the purpose of understanding great works through performance. The choir operates under the umbrella of the American University in Cairo and its Performing and Visual Arts Department.


14 and 15 February, 8:00pm
All Saints' Cathedral, Zamalek, Cairo
(behind the Marriott Hotel)




The choir’s past repertoire includes Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Faure’s Requiem, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Schubert’s Stabat Mater, as well as works by Britten, Williams, Beethoven, Rossini, Puccini and, of course, Handel’s Messiah. In May 2011, the Cairo Choral Society performed Schubert's Mass in G.

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