Marwan Khoury- Egypt Today
CAIRO – 10 November 2017: The famous Lebanese singer Marwan Khoury to perform at Cairo Opera House on Friday as part of the events of Arab Music Festival.
"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.
An orchestra especially 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 in this year’s edition of the festival, which is dedicated to honoring the memory of lead singer Mohsen Farouk.
Eight Arab countries are set to give performances in six theatres 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 al-Helw, Ali al-Haggar, Nadia Mostafa, Lotfi Bushnaq, Abdallah al-Rowaished, Mohamed Tharwat, Hany Shaker, and Safwan Bahlawan, are taking part at the festival.
Moreover, around 14 musicians will give solo performances during the festival, including Cairo Opera House director’s Inas 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.