Omar Khairat - Egypt Today
CAIRO – 29 July 2018: Veteran Egyptian musician Omar Khairat will perform two concerts at Bibliotheca Alexandrina on August 6 and 7.
The Egyptian virtuoso musician performed a dazzling concert at the Mariinsky Theatre in the cultural city of Saint Petersburg on Monday, June 18, celebrating the Egyptian national football team’s participation in the World Cup after 28 years of absence.
The massive concert, which was presented by Egyptian star Sherif Mounir, witnessed the attendance of a large number of Egyptian fans, celebrities and public figures such as Ashraf Salman, former minister of investment and the current chairman of the concert organizer, AUR Capital Company; famed writer Khaled Salah, the editor in chief of Youm 7, the concert media sponsor; famed TV presenter Sherihan Abul Hassan; Egyptian director, Amr Arafa; famed actors, Ahmed Rezk; Ashraf Zaki; Rogina; and famed Egyptian businessman Ahmed Abou Hashima, among others.
AUR Capital managed to secure an agreement with the Russian Mariinsky Theatre to host the concert. Salman previously told Egypt Today that the concert was set to hit several goals; presenting a respectable image of Egypt through one of its most talented musicians is on top of these goals. Salman added that Khairat was chosen for his global reputation as a magnificent musician.
“Mariinsky Theatre was picked to host the concert for its worldwide fame; it is considered as one of the three most important theatres in the international cultural field,” said Salman.
The concert was also organised to boost tourism and spread awareness about the Egyptian culture.
The renowned composer and pianist was born in Alexandria and raised in a family of musicians. He began his career in 1959 as a pianist.
Khairat was a member of the Egyptian band Les Petits Chats, founded in 1967. They presented Italian, French and English songs. The band was immensely popular in the late 1960s and the early 1970s.
Khairat is influenced by different genres of music such as Arabic, European classical, Egyptian, African, Jazz, Pop, and Blues. He won the Best Musician award in 1989 from the Egyptian Society for Cinema.
Khairat is a composer that can blend the style of international symphonies with Egyptian music masterfully. He has composed many successful music pieces, such as “Dameer Abla Hikmat” (Abla Hikmat’s Conscience), “Wagh el-Kamar” (The Moon's Face) and “Leilet el-Kabd ala Fatma” (The Night Fatma was Arrested), among others.
It is worth mentioning that Khairat performed his first concert in London at the Concert hall in St. John’s, Smith Square on December 1, 2017. This concert aimed to collect donations for charity and raise public awareness about street kids and orphans in Egypt.
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