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Art Alert: Cairo Opera House celebrates Arab music legend Farid El-Atrash

The Syrian icon died on 26 December 1974, at the age of 64, leaving behind a significant musical and cinema legacy

Ahram Online , Monday 14 Dec 2020
Hazem El-Kassabgy
National Arabic Music Ensemble's conductor Hazem El-Kassabgy during a previous tribute concert for Faris El-Atrash

The National Arabic Music Ensemble, conducted by Hazem El-Kassabgy, will hold a concert at the grand hall of the Cairo Opera House on Thursday 17 December in honour of Farid El-Atrash, marking the 46th year since the great musician's death.

The repertoire includes some of Farid El-Atrash’s classics, such as Lahn El-Kholoud, Alby Wmoftahouh, Ahebbak Yany, Matoulch Lehad, Ya Sa'a, Fou' Ghosnik ya Lamounah and many other songs performed by the ensemble singers, who include Ibrahim Ramadan, Amira Said, Mohamed Tarek, Sara Zaki, Mohsen Ibrahim, Reem Kamal and Walid Heidar.

Besides dozens of classical films, the Syrian icon died on 26 December 1974 at the age of 64, leaving behind a significant musical legacy that earned him the title of "King of the Oud."

El-Atrash composed music to the lyrics of legendary poets in many songs that he either sang himself or wrote for renowned singers like Sabah, Noor El-Hoda, Shadia and Moharam Fouad.

December is witnessing a variety of cultural and entertainment activities in different venues in many Egyptian cities under strict safety measures against the coronavirus.

Thursday 18 December, 8pm
Grand Hall, Cairo Opera House, Zamalek, Cairo

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