Art Alert: Jazz with Cairo Symphony Orchestra

Ahram Online, Monday 24 Feb 2014

On Saturday 1 March, Cairo Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mohamed Saad Basha will perform works by Gershwin and Bolling

Jazz concert
Jazz Concert (Photo: fragment from Cairo Opera's promotional material)

Dubbed "The Jazz Concert," the upcoming weekly performance by the Cairo Symphony Orchestra will invite audiences to explorations of jazz music by American and French composers George Gershwin and Claude Bolling.

The evening programme will include Gershwin's Cuban Overture and An American in Paris along with Bolling's Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio.Gershwin and Bolling were already performed in Cairo, always attracting great interest from the audience. However, what makes the concert particularly interesting is the new take on the suite which is arranged for orchestra by the concert's conductor Mohamed Saad Basha. Originally, the suite is a collection of seven songs written for a trio: classical flute, piano and drums.

Basha himself is also a composer with orchestral, chamber, choral and vocal works in his repertoire. He has already garnered several remarkable achievements for his compositions, including a five-year contract with prestigious Schott-Mainz to publish Basha's music. In 2012, he was awarded the Egyptian State Prize for Music, for his work Entizar. Basha also frequently conducts a variety of Egypt's ensembles, mainly chamber formations. One of his main commitments is with the El-Sakia String Orchestra, a chamber ensemble which he founded in 2010 and which performs principally in El Sawy Culturewheel, a location that attracts a large number of young audiences.

The concert will also include flutist Ines Abdel Daim, whose busy schedule as chairperson of the Cairo Opera House does not hamper her artistic dynamism as she continues to perform in recitals and with orchestra. Also, the evening will feature Mohamed Saleh on piano, Sherif Elian on double bass and Hesham Kamal on drums.

Saturday 1 March at 8pm
Main Hall, Cairo Opera House, Zamalek, Cairo

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