Yehia Khalil’s Oriental jazz concert at the Cairo Opera House is not to be missed

Reham El-Adawi , Tuesday 9 Jan 2024



Arab Music Institute
22 Ramsis St, Tel 02 2574 3373
Fri 12, 8pm: The Arab Music Heritage ensemble in a repertoire of classical Arab songs.
Sun 14, 8pm: A concert by Al-Hefni Centre for talents with special abilities.
Thurs 18, 8pm: A concert of Abdel-Wahab songs.   

Beit Al-Seheimi Al-Muaaz St, Al-Darb Al-Asfar Alley, Al-Gamalya District, Tel 02 2787 8865 Every Sunday, 8pm: The Nile Troupe for Folk Instruments performs dances and songs from Upper Egypt on mizmar, tabla and other traditional musical instruments. Every Friday, 8pm: “Alaragouz wa Khayal Al-Zel” (The Shadow Puppet), a free public performance by clowns in Al-Muaaz Street, presented by Wamda and directed by Nabil Bahgat.

Cairo Opera House
Gezira Exhibition Grounds, Tel 02 2737 0602/2736 0361, box office 02 2739 0132/0144
Main Hall
Sat 13, 8pm: The Cairo Symphony Orchestra, conducted by maestro Ahmed El-Saedi.  
Sun 14, Mon 15, Tues 16 and Wed 17, 8pm: The Cairo Opera Orchestra, conducted by maestro Nader Abbassi, performs Cavalleria Rusticana opera by P. Mascagni and Pagliacci opera by R. Leoncavallo, directed by Abdallah Saad.
Small Hall
Thurs 11, 8pm: A chamber music concert features Suzanne Saber.
Fri 12, 8pm: Mona Burkhardt, accompanied by the Enchanting Melodies Orchestra, performs Spanish folk and Latin gypsy dances.   
Thurs 18, 8pm: Oriental jazz by Yehia Khalil and his band.

Al-Gumhouriya Theatre
12 Al-Gumhouriya St, Abdin, Tel 02 2390 7707
Sat 13, 8pm: A concert of songs composed by the late Mounir Mourad.
Al-Ghouri Caravansary  Mohamed Abdou St, off Al-Muaaz St and Al-Azhar St, Tel 02 2514 7475 Al-Tanoura whirling dervishes perform to live Sufi music (Performances every Sat and Wed, 7.30pm)

1 Saad Zaghloul St, Al-Mounira, Cairo, Tel 2792 0878
Every Tuesday, 8pm: Mawawil features vocalists Hend and Sara in a repertoire of traditional music of the Nile Delta, Al Jaafra music played by Arab Tribes from Aswan and Nass Makan band.
Every Wednesday, 8pm: Zar music and songs by Mazaher ensemble featuring Umm Sameh, Umm Hassan and Nour Al-Sabah.

Room Art Space & Café 10 Etihad Al Mohamin, Garden City, Tel 01000 068 159
Thurs 11, 8pm: The upcoming Syrian star OKBA will be singing a specially selected oriental Arabian songs presenting different Arab cultures from different Arab countries. The rising academic star “OKBA” is well-known for singing old oriental songs and for his amazing style singing the Syrian mawal as well as his joyful performance and interaction with the audience.
Fri 12, 8pm: Born and raised with a passion for music, vocalist Salma Hisham has emerged as a true sensation, ready to transport audiences back to the vibrant era of the 1920s. With an enchanting voice, Hisham has captivated audiences far and wide, infusing the spirit of the 1920s top hits up until 2023 for every performance.
Sat 13, 8pm: El-Mashrouaa band- Spacetoon concert.
Tues 16, 8pm: Karaoke night.
The Spot mall, infront of AUC Gate 4, New Cairo
Thurs 11 and Thurs 18, 8pm: Karaoke night.
Sat 13, 9pm: Comedy Circle, a stand-up comedy show.
Mon 15, 8pm: Open mic night.
Tues 16, 8pm: Embark on an electrifying voyage as you plunge headfirst into a surreal dreamlike nostalgic experience immersing yourself in 4 el Fagr’s latest alternative rock album. This musical odyssey not only promises an exhilarating experience but also marks a significant shift in the Arabic alternative rock scene, bringing a refreshing wave of change and innovation.
Wed 17, 8pm: Karaoke night.

El Sawy Culturewheel
End of 26th of July St, underneath the 15th of May Bridge, Zamalek, Tel 2736 8881/6178/2737 4448
River Hall
Fri 19 and Sat 20, 8pm: A stand-up comedy show by Ali Qandil.  
Wisdom Hall
Fri 19, 7pm: A concert by Kayan band.  
Word Hall
Fri 12, 7pm: A stand-up comedy show.


Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre)
Fouad St, Mahatat Al-Raml, Alexandria, Tel 03/486 5106
Thurs 11, 8pm: Alexandria Opera Company for Arab Music and singing.


* A version of this article appears in print in the 11 January, 2024 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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