Art Alert: Concert in aid of Syrian refugees in Egypt

Ahram Online, Wednesday 1 May 2013

On Wednesday 8 May, a concert featuring classical pieces and traditional Syrian music will be put on at the Cairo Opera House

Syrian men hold Syrian national flag during a demonstration against President Bashar Assad in front of the Syrian embassy in Cairo, Egypt, October 2011 (Photo: AP)

A fundraising concert in aid of Syrian refugees in Egypt will take place on Wednesday, 8 May, organised under the patronage of Secretary General of the Arab League Nabil El-Arabi, the Embassy of Great Britain, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

The concert will be a compilation of classical music - highlights from some of the most famous operas by Mozart, Bizet, Verdi and Puccini - and traditional Syrian music performed by the Cairo Opera Orchestra under the baton of its principal conductor and artistic director Nayer Nagui.

The soloists of the evening will include Rasha Rizk, a soprano from Syria; Ragaa Eldin Ahmed, an Egyptian tenor; and a guest traditional Syrian singer, Abdelkader Abouelseoud.

According to UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, tens of thousands of Syrian refugees have fled to Egypt fleeing the violence in Syria. Numbers continue to increase month after month, with the majority located in the satellite city of 6 October, around 40km outside central Cairo.

Revenues from the concert will be utilised to aid the Syrian refugees in Egypt. Tickets prices stand at LE1,000, LE500 and LE200.

For more information and reservations, please contact Zeinab Sabaa at [email protected], (Tel: 02 27196000, Ext: 2355).

Wednesday 8 May at 8pm
Cairo Opera House, Main Hall, Zamalek

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