Arab Music Institute
22 Ramsis St, Tel 02 2574 3373
Sun 15, 8pm: The Talents Development Centre concert.
American University in Cairo
Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Hall
New Cairo Campus, Room 2175, Tel 02 2615 2694
Malak Gabr Arts Theatre
Mon 16, 7-9pm: The Music Programme presents
Center Stage: Performances by AUC music majors.
Livestream link: https://youtu.be/BNspQ-cHuzs
Registration link: https://forms.gle/eK4Nwg1jDL18tAJV6
Tues 17, 7- 9pm: Azzazy’s electronic music ensemble brings electronic music to life.
Wed 18, 7- 9pm: Jazz Across the Ages ensemble gives a concert, directed by Ahmed Refai.
Thurs 19, 6-8pm: Enjoy classical Arab music performed by the AUC Arab Music Ensemble and students of Arab Theory II, directed by Wael El-Mahallawy and Alaa Sabr. Registration link: https://forms.gle/zgBqmxUw27cQ1J196
(Free admission, live streaming and open to the public. Due to Covid-19, seats are limited, and guests will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests to AUC must pre-register and show ID and proof of vaccination (or a recent negative antigen test) upon entry).
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.
Cairo Opera House
Gezira Exhibition Grounds, Tel 02 2737 0602/2736 0361, box office 02 2739 0132/0144
Thurs 12, 8pm: The Cairo Opera Ballet Company, supervised by Erminia Kamel, accompanied by the Cairo Opera Orchestra, conducted by maestro Nayeir Nagui, performs Carmen and Tango ballets.
Fri 13, 8pm: The Abdel-Halim Noweira Arab Music ensemble, conducted by maestro Ahmed Ammer, in a repertoire of classical Arab songs.
Sat 14, 8pm: The Cairo Symphony Orchestra, conducted by maestro Ahmed El-Saedi, performs a selection of the greatest international symphonies by the likes of Mozart featuring world-renowned pianist Ramzi Yassa, accompanied by Swiss clarinet player Fabian Hügli.
Sun 15 and Mon 16, 8pm: Pianist Omar Khairat and his orchestra.
Tues 17 - Fri 20, 8pm: Tango Legends company (Argentina).
Thurs 12, 8pm: The Talents Development Centre concert celebrates the Labor Day.
Sun 15, 8pm: On the occasion of the ‘European Month of May’ series of events, the Austrian Cultural Forum organises the Austrian Duo Aliada’s upcoming concert tour in Egypt. Passionate, curious and utterly virtuosic - this is the Austrian Duo Aliada which sets out to explore the musical landscapes of Eastern Europe and the Western hemisphere. The duo consists of Polish saxophonist Michał Knot and Serbian accordionist Bogdan Laketic. Years ago, Knot and Laketic migrated westwards to Vienna, a city that has embodied the fusion of East and West for hundreds of years. The musicians’ curiosity is mirrored in their broad repertoire, combining in particular classical music with Balkan elements. The programme includes Johannes Brahms’s Sixteen Waltzes Op.39 (Selection), Béla Bartók’s Romanian folk dances, and George Gershwin’s Three preludes (1926).
Wed 18, 8pm: The opera groups of music (the cello group) concert.
Thurs 12 and Fri 13, 8pm: The Cairo Opera Company gives gala concerts.
Thurs 19, 8pm: A harp recital by Mona Wassif.
12 Al-Gumhouriya St, Abdin, Tel 02 2390 7707
Thurs 12 and Fri 13, 8pm: Alhadia (the present) a musical performed by the Academy of Arts.
Sun 15, 8pm: The Arab Music Heritage ensemble performs classical Arab songs.
Wed 18 and Thurs 19, 8pm: Forsan Al-Sharq for Heritage Company performs Shagaret Al-Dore dance show.
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, 9-10pm: 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, 9-10pm: 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 12, 9pm: Jiggy funk rock band plays the top funk, soul & classic rock hits.
Fri 13, 9pm: Paranoid Eyes is an Egyptian progressive rock band with a great passion for covering the tunes of Pink Floyd and the solo projects released by the legendary David Gilmour and Roger Waters.
Sat 14, 9pm: Singer and guitarist Samar Tarik gives a concert. Playing western chords while keeping an oriental tone when singing is her unique mixture.
Thurs 19, 9pm: “Life is a Joke” stand-up comedy show features a lineup of the best comedians: Tarek Salem, Hassan Hossam, Mahmoud Khashaba, Tawfik El-Menshawy, Muaz, and Esraa El-Zarea.
The Spot mall, infront of AUC Gate 4, New Cairo
Mon 16, 9pm: Nesma Herky will be singing her heart out and perform her original songs and some of her favourite covers.
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 12, 7.30pm: A singing recital by singer and chanter Ali El-Helbawi.
Fri 13, 6pm: Rock music by VYRUS band.
Sat 14, 7pm: Disco Misr band.
Sun 15, 7.30pm: Singer Mohamed Alayly is performing old and new songs.
Wed 18, 7pm: Kurdan band plays all types of music, especially the oriental. The band plays different cover songs from the eighties and nineties.
Thurs 12, 7.30pm: A stand-up comedy show.
Fri 13, 7.30pm: A concert of Mohamed Kadry music.
Thurs 19, 7.30pm: For the first time Ziad Sahab and Lamiaa El- Ghandour together on stage.
Tahrir Cultural Centre (TCC)
AUC’s Tahrir Campus, Al-Sheikh Rihan St, off Tahrir Square, Tel 02 2615 2694/01280009077
Ewart Memorial Hall
Thurs 12, 8-10pm: The Cairo Choral Society and Cairo Festival Orchestra, conducted by maestro Veronica del Puerto Bievz and featuring opera singers: Dina Iskander, Jolie Faizy, Hisham El- Guindy, Reda El-Wakil, present “Mozart the Child, Mozart the Man” concert.
Thurs 19, 8-10pm: Isis String Orchestra, Isis Oud Ensemble and Awtar Quartet, conducted by Khaled Saleh present a fusion of western classical music with eastern Arabic tunes and instruments. The concert is held in loving memory of Mona Latif-Ghattas (1946 - 2021).
(Free admission, live streaming and open to the public. Due to Covid-19, seats are limited, and guests will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis. Proof of vaccination is a must upon entry).
Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre)
Fouad St, Mahatat Al-Raml, Alexandria, Tel 03/486 5106
Fri 13, 8pm: A singing recital by Iman Abdel-Ghany.
Sat 14, 8pm: Alexandria Opera Strings Orchestra.
Sun 15, 8pm: A Flamenco concert (Spain).
Thurs 19, 8pm: A concert by Alexandria Opera Company for Arab Music and Singing.
Jesuit Cultural Centre
298 Port Said St, Cleopatra, Sidi Gaber, Alexandria, Tel 03 5214877
Tue 17, 7pm: The Austrian Duo Aliada featuring saxophonist Michał Knot and the accordionist Bogdan Laketic combines classical music with Balkan elements. The programme includes Johannes Brahms’s Sixteen Waltzes Op.39 (Selection), Béla Bartók’s Romanian folk dances, and George Gershwin’s Three preludes (1926).
(Tickets are free of charge but registration required via the following FB page facebook.com/JCCAlex).
*A version of this article appears in print in the 12 May, 2022 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.