CAIRO – 21 June 2021: On June 21, the Egyptian Opera House will celebrate World Music Day through a program that includes various artistic colors on its theaters in Cairo and Alexandria and approved by Egypt’s Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem.
The celebrations include a concert for Baghdadi Big Band led by the maestro and trumpeter Magdy Baghdadi on the Fountain Theater, in addition to a concert for the Modern Theatrical Dance Troupe at El-Gomhouriya Theater, and a concert for the Cairo Opera Troupe at Sayed Darwish Theater in Alexandria.
Baghdadi graduated from Cairo Conservatory in 1982 and received a diploma in playing the trumpet, and a doctorate from the High School of Music and Art Production in Germany.
Since 1990, he has been a professor at the Cairo Conservatory. He was the first trumpeter to play in the Cairo Symphony Orchestra from 1983 to 1997. Baghdadi led the orchestra of instruments in the Conservatoire between 1997 and 2003.
Baghdadi established his band in 1996. It is the first Egyptian group to specialize in presenting Western music from the 1920s to the 1940s. The band includes a group of the most outstanding musicians on various musical instruments and participated in many international festivals.
Baghdadi and his band presented a series of successful concerts in various cultural venues in Egypt, receiving the appraisal of the public and critics.
In 2019, Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem agreed to accept UNESCO's invitation to celebrate the International Day of Jazz. Consequently, Cairo Opera House, headed by Magdy Saber organized a concert for Baghdadi Big Band led by maestro Baghdadi on April 30, 2019 on the Open Theatre.
Baghdadi Big Band, met with Fabrica, supervised by its founder Nevin Allouba, for the first time in a concert held on Dec. 2, 2019 at Cairo Opera House's Small Theatre. The concert presented some of the world's most famous jazz works and Christmas songs.