The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is back to Egypt

Reham El-Adawi , Tuesday 16 Nov 2021

The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is back to Egypt after 71 years to give concerts on the occasion of the opening of the New Administrative Capital’s new opera house  

New Administrative Capital’s New Opera House

 The City of Arts and Culture in Egypt's New Administrative Capital   
Concerts Hall 
Sat 20 (by invitation) and Sun 21 (tickets available), 7.30pm: The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by the 80-year-old world-renowned Italian maestro Riccardo Muti, will give a landmark concert on the occasion of the opening of the Concerts Hall at the New Opera House in the New Administrative Capital. The concert has been added to the busy worldwide schedule of one of the world’s finest orchestras. 

The fabled orchestra will be performing a repertoire including Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 4 in C minor, D 417, "The Tragic", Adagio molto – Allegro vivace, Andante, Menuetto Allegro vivace – Trio, Allegro, Igor Stravinsky’s Divertimento, Suite from Ballet "Le Baiser de la Fée". Intermission followed by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s
Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90, "Italian", Allegro vivace,
Andante con moto, Con moto moderato, and Saltarello: Presto. 

The Vienna Philharmonic, founded in 1842, is considered one of the 

world’s greatest orchestras, last performed in Egypt in 1950, selling out shows in Cairo and Alexandria.



American University in Cairo

Al-Sheikh Rihan St, off Tahrir Square, Tel 2615 2694/01280009077

Ewart Memorial Hall 

Thurs 18, 8pm: AUC student soloists will present the Third Biennial AUC Concerto Aria Concert. They will perform concerto movements and arias with professional orchestral accompaniment under the direction of John Baboukis, professor of music at AUC. (All concerts are free of charge and are open to the public. Due to Covid-19, seats are limited, and people will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis).



Arab Music Institute

22 Ramsis St, Tel 02 2574 3373

Thurs 18 and Fri 19, 8pm: The Cairo Opera Company gives two concerts.  



Beit Al-Seheimi
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

Main Hall

Thurs 18 and Fri 19, 8pm: The Swan Lake ballet is performed by Saint Petersburg Ballet Company from Russia, artistic director Ploom Anton and directed by Lomachenkovn Anastasia

Sun 21 and Mon 22, 8pm: Pianist Omar Khairat and his orchestra. 

Open-Air Theatre

Thurs 18, 8pm: Mounib band features Khaled Mounib.  

Fri 19, 8pm: Percussionist Nesma Abdel-Aziz and her band. 

Sun 21, 8pm: A performance by the Faculty of Fine Arts. 

Tues 23, 8pm: The Conservatoire Music Institute’s concert.  

Small Hall

Sun 21, 8pm: A concert given by the Cairo Opera House Groups for Chamber Music

Wed 24, 8pm: Oriental jazz by Yehia Khalil and his band.  



Al-Gumhouriya Theatre

12 Al-Gumhouriya St, Abdin, Tel 02 2390 7707 

Thurs 18 and Fri 19, 8pm: Frida performance by the Egyptian Modern Dance Theatre Company

Thurs 25, 8pm: Piano recital by Karim Gohar



Al-Ghouri Caravansary
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).


Italian Cultural Institute

The 4th Breaking Walls Festival (1-30 November)


Breaking Walls annual festival presents site-specific performances and dance film showcase including dance, theatre, art and music.

This festival goes beyond the conventional by bringing performances and theatrical experiences closer to the people. Buildings and public spaces in Cairo that would normally be inaccessible or simply have a different function in our social environment, now become the ambassadors of this festival. 

A ten-day site-specific festival in Cairo including dance, theatre, visual arts and music represented by professional and emerging artists.

Among the participating artists in the festival Nermin Habib, an Egyptian artist, contemporary dancer and choreographer with a bachelor's degree in Philosophy and a member of International Dance Council. Claudio Curciotti is an electronic music producer, author of sound documentaries and podcasts, was born in Rome in 1980 from a family of musicians and luthiers. Egyptian oud player Aly Eissa has collaborated with tens of musicians in the independent music scene in Cairo. As an oud virtuoso, he was mentored by the legendary Abdo Dagher and Hazem Shahin. Featuring his diverse musical influences, Eissa’s compositions create versatile and meditative atmospheres throughout the musical experience (Events of the festival are taking place in several locations). 




1 Saad Zaghloul St, Al-Mounira, Cairo, Tel 2792 0878 

Every Tuesday, 8-10pm: 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, 8-10pm: 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 18, 9pm: Enjoy a mesmerizing Billie Eillish tribute night with some of the wonderful tunes full of dancing and music made by the one and only Billie Eillish.

Fri 19, 8pm: Open Mic Night. 

Sat 20, 9pm: Egybadour band takes you in a musical journey from east to west, instrumental music and songs from Egypt, France, Italy and Spain in addition to its own original tracks. 

Sun 21, 8pm: Karaoke Night. 

Thurs 25, 9pm: Oud recital by Saad El-Oud

The Spot mall, infront of AUC Gate 4, New Cairo

Fri 19, 9pm: Arabic modern and classical pop songs event with the voice finalist, singer and composer Khaled Helmy

Sat 20, 9pm: Rock music by Zeal band.  

Mon 22, 9pm: Egyptian funk rock band JIGGY is paying tribute to James Brown, Jimi Hendrix and more.  

Tues 23, 9pm: Gravy Train is performing your favorite Pink Floyd tunes.


El-Sawy Culturewheel
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)

River Hall 

Thurs 18, 7.30pm: All female artists band Tablet Al Set

Fri 19, 4 & 8pm: A stand-up comedy show by Ali Qadil

Sat 20, 7pm: The Egyptian Mawlawiya troupe, led by Sufi chanter Amer El-Toni performs Sufi chants and dances. 

Sun 21, 6.30pm: Kurdan band, conducted by maestro Ali Al-Mansy, plays all types of music, especially the oriental music as well as different cover songs from the eighties and nineties. 

Tues 23, 7.30pm: A singing recital by Mohamed Hesham

Wed 24, 7.30pm: Singer Ramy Aboul-Fotouh performs classical Arab songs. 

Thurs 25-Mon 29, 8pm: The Sinatras band pays tribute to Frank Sinatra performing his songs. 

Wisdom Hall    

Thurs 18, 7.30pm: A concert features singer Somaya Darwish

Fri19, 7.30pm: A singing recital by Wael Al-Fashny, who performs the ballad distinctively as in his father’s country in Nag Bartbat, Menia. He improvised the method and coordinated it with the composition and music of Tamer Karawan to come up with his unique style. 

Thurs 25, 6.30pm: El Sawy Culturewheel organizes the 19th edition of the annual Chocolate Festival


Zamalek Theatre

The Armed Forces Officers Club, Zamalek, Tel 01101153105

Thurs 18, 7pm: Hawas band. 

Sat 20, 7pm: A concert features Tunisian singer, songwriter and dancer Ghalia Benali

Thurs 25, 7pm: Singer Mohamed Said



Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre) 

Fouad St, Mahatat Al-Raml, Alexandria, Tel 03/486 5106

Thurs 18, 8pm: Alexandria Opera Company for Arab music and singing.  

Sat 20, 8pm: The Swan Lake ballet is performed by Saint Petersburg Ballet Company from Russia, artistic director Ploom Anton and directed by Lomachenkovn Anastasia.  

Sun 21, 8pm: Alexandria Talents Development Centre concert. 


Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Chatby, Alexandria 21526, Tel (03) 4839999 

Small Hall

Tues 23, 7pm: Piano, guitar and violin recitals by BA Arts School

Main Hall

Fri 26 and Sat 27, 7pm: In cooperation with the Goethe-Institute Alexandria, BA Orchestra, BA Choir, and BA Children Choir will perform Georges Bizet’s Carmen opera in a concert, conducted by maestro Nayer Nagui and directed by Manuel Schmitt


French Cultural Institute

30 Al Nabi Danial St, Mahatet Misr, Alexandria, Tel 033913435/03 3918952

Thurs 18, 7-8.30pm: On the Alexandrian Heritage Days programme, Karagoz & Kachkelyouz show is performed by Hossam El-Sherif

A comedy inspired by the traditional Egyptian puppet show karagoz. The performance has all the tricks you would expect from Karagoz, as well as mime that adds a contemporary twist by exploring the emotions of love and loss.


*A version of this article appears in print in the 18 November, 2021 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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