Cairo Celebration Choir during their last performance in Cairo. Christmas concert held at the Cairo Opera House on 16 and 17 December 2013. (Photo: Sherif Sonbol)
The Cairo Celebration Choir are on their way to their annual performance in Morocco with their founder and conductor Nayer Nagui, singer Rehab Metawi and oriental percussionist Ramadan Mansour.
The concert, dubbed “Une d'ici et d'ailleurs” ("A note from here and there") will take place at the National Mohammed V Theatre in Rabat on 4 January.
The fourteen members from CCC choir will sing with Moroccan choir Les Voix du Choeur, hosts of the event. It is the first time in both choirs' history that they will sing side-by-side. The choirs will perform a mixture of Egyptian and Moroccan compositions.
The performance will open the Mohammed V Theatre's 2014 programme.
During previous visits to Morocco, the choir performed at the Marrakech Royal Theatre and Dar Souiri in the Western Moroccan city Essaouira.
The concert will include works from the choir’s Aghany Bel Arabi (“Songs in Arabic”) collection, mainly compositions by Sayed Darwish arranged by Nayer Nagui, as well as Moroccan songs. The evening will be conducted by Nagui and Rabii Merouane, conductor of Les Voix du Choeur.
Founded in 2000, and consisting of "professional amateurs," as Nagui describes them, the Cairo Celebration Choir has become a vibrant element of Egypt's cultural life. Over 100 choir members sing the famed choral works of the Western classical music repertoire, Gregorian songs and famous Egyptian choral works by Sayed Darwish and Gamal Abdel-Rahim, arranged by Nagui. They participate regularly in the annual Christmas concert organised at the Cairo Opera House where they are joined by the Cairo Opera Orchestra and soloists from the Cairo Opera Company.
In 2012, the choir participated in the Czech Republic's "Prague Voices 2012 Festival," winning the Silver Level Diploma.
Saturday 4 January at 8pm
Mohammed V Theatre, Avenue Al-Mansour Addahbi (main public entrance on Avenue Moulay Rachid), Avenue Al-Mansour Addahbi, Rabat, Morocco