American University in Cairo
Al-Sheikh Rihan St, off Tahrir Square, Tel 2615 2694/01280009077
Ewart Memorial Hall
Thurs 2 December, 8pm: The AUC’s Music Programme presents a concert in memory of David Hales, an extraordinary pianist, accompanist, coach, and teacher. It will feature the Cairo Festival Orchestra and 14 distinguished soloists. They all worked with Hales over the past 40 years, presenting the music of many composers, from Bach, Handel, and Mozart to Tchaikovsky, Puccini, and Piazzolla (All concerts are free of charge and are open to the public. Due to Covid-19, seats are limited, and people will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis).
Amir Taz Palace
27 Al-Syoufiya St, off Al-Saliba St, Al-Khalifa District, Tel 02 2514 2581
Thurs 25, 7pm: Amir Taz Palace choir features the choir’s emerging singers such as Nada Assem, Mohamed Al-Salhy, Habiba Abdel-Aziz, Ahmed Shawki, Riham Anwar, in a repertoire of classical Arab songs.
Arab Music Institute
22 Ramsis St, Tel 02 2574 3373
Thurs 25, 8pm: The Arab Music Heritage Ensemble performs classical Arab songs.
Sun 28, 8pm: The Abdel-Halim Noweira Arab Music Ensemble performs Umm Kolthoum songs.
Al-Muaaz St, Al-Darb Al-Asfar Alley, Al-Gamalya District, Tel 02 2787 8865
Every Sunday, 7pm: The Nile Troupe for Folk Instruments, conducted by Abdel-Rahman Al-Shafaai, performs dances and songs from Upper Egypt on mizmar, tabla and other traditional musical instruments.
Every Friday, 7pm: “Al-Aragouz 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.
12 Al-Gumhouriya St, Abdin, Tel 02 2390 7707
Thurs 25, 8pm: Piano recital by Karim Gohar.
Fri 26, 8pm: Al-Enshad Al-Dini troupe performs religious chants.
Sat 27, 8pm: Awtar (strings) band features Marwa Abdel-Moneim.
Sun 28, 8pm: The Cairo Opera Company concert.
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, 7pm).
1 Saad Zaghloul St, Al-Mounira, Cairo, Tel 2792 0878
Every Tuesday, 8-10pm: 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, 8-10pm: 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 25, 9pm: Oud recital by Saad El-Oud.
Fri 3 December, 9pm: Guitarist Ali Omar El-Farouk invites vocalist Nathalie Bichara in a one-of-a-kind performance. El-Farouk launches a new series of ‘INVITE’ concerts, where in each concert he invites a different artist from Cairo’s diverse music scene to perform with him. In the first concert of the ‘INVITE’ series he invites the lovely voice Bichara to perform together a selection of carefully-selected jazz and pop tunes.
End of 26th of July St, under the 15th of May Bridge, Zamalek, Tel 02 2736 8881/6178/2737 4448
(No entry without a mask and the hall will be open at only 25 percent audience capacity)
Thurs 25, 6.30pm: The Sinatras band pays tribute to Frank Sinatra performing his songs.
Fri 26, 7.30pm: Sufi chanting by El Hadra troupe.
Sat 27, 7pm: Black Theama band.
Sun 28, 7.30pm: Religious chanting by Basma Al-Andalus band.
Tues 30, 7.30pm: A live concert by Fabrica Vocal Academy.
Thurs 25-Mon 29, 8pm: El Sawy Culturewheel organizes the 19th edition of the annual Chocolate Festival.
The Armed Forces Officers Club, Zamalek, Tel 01101153105
Thurs 25, 7pm: Singer Mohamed Said.
Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre)
Fouad St, Mahatat Al-Raml, Alexandria, Tel 03/486 5106
Fri 26, 8pm: Jazz concert features Yehia Khalil and his band.
Sat 27, 8pm: Singer Mohamed Metwali and his band Sout Albahr (sound of the sea).
Sun 28, 8pm: A concert of songs composed by the late Baligh Hamdy.
Tues 30, 8pm: A singing recital by Eduardo Paniagua (Spain).
Chatby, Alexandria 21526, Tel (03) 4839999
Fri 26 and Sat 27, 7pm: In cooperation with the Goethe-Institute Alexandria, BA Orchestra, BA Choir, and BA Children Choir will perform Georges Bizet’s Carmen opera in a concert, conducted by maestro Nayer Nagui and directed by Manuel Schmitt.
*A version of this article appears in print in the 25 November, 2021 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.