(L) Egyptian singer Mohamed Mohsen, (R) Syrian singer Safwan Bahlawan – Photo compiled by Egypt Today/Mohamed Zain
CAIRO – 4 November 2017: Rising Egyptian singer Mohamed Mohsen and Syrian composer and singer Safwan Bahlawan will perform in a concert on November 6 at the Cairo Opera House.
The concert comes as part of the 26th Arab Music Festival, which was inaugurated on November 1 and is scheduled to conclude on November 15.
“Musical Drama” was the main theme of the opening ceremony of the festival. The opening ceremony shed light on the role of oriental music in Egyptian and Arab drama.
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An orchestra specially formed for this occasion performed at the opening ceremony, led by conductor Ahmed Atef and head of the Cairo Opera House Inas Abdel Dayem.
At least 84 Arab musicians are taking part at this year’s edition of the festival, which is dedicated to honor the memory of lead singer Mohsen Farouk.
Eight Arab countries lead performances in six theaters including the Cairo Opera House, Arabic Music Institute, Alexandria Opera House, and Damanhour Opera House.
A renowned set of musicians and singers, including Medhat Saleh, Mohamed El Helw, Ali El Haggar, Nadia Mostafa, Lotfi Bushnaq, Abdallah Al Rowaished, Mohamed Tharwat, Hany Shaker, and Safwan Bahlawan, are taking part at the festival.
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Moreover, around 14 musicians will have solo performances during the festival, including Cairo Opera House director Enas Abdel Dayem, Salem Abdul Kerem, pianist Hassan Sharara, and violinist Mahmoud Soror.
The festival will also feature 31 choirs and orchestras including the Ministry of Youth Orchestra, the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra, and Abdel Halim Nowera Ensemble for Arab Music.
Various iconic Arab musicians will be honored such as Talal Maddah, Sayed Hegab, Rageh Daoud, Raad Khalaf, and Amr Selim.