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Cairo mourns the tragic death of former Opera House chairman

Cairo mourns the tragic death of former Opera House chairman | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Abdel-Moneim Kamel, former chairman of the Cairo Opera House, died from a heart attack in Alexandria on Tuesday morning.

 

Born in 1949, Kamel's career took him from renowned performance halls to the top of Egypt's cultural scene. Having graduated from the Ballet School, he performed in Egypt and internationally. For several years, Kamel danced with the world-renowned La Scala in Milan, where he met his wife Erminia Kamel, currently artistic director of the Cairo Opera Ballet Company.

 

Upon his return to Egypt in 1982, Kamel performed many leading roles in ballet productions. With the inauguration of the new Cairo Opera House in 1988, Kamel started directing and choreographing ballets for the newly formed Cairo Opera Ballet Company. He became the troupe's director in 1991, adding his own renditions of Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Hamlet, among others to the repertoire of the company.

 

In the following years, Kamel directed a multitude of classical and contemporary ballets.

In 2004, Kamel was appointed chairman of the Cairo Opera House (National Culture Centre). Following the January 25 Revolution in 2011, Kamel was among several figures accused of the corruption. His contract expired in February 2012 and was not renewed.

 

Kamel's funeral will take place on Tuesday after noon prayers at the Cairo Opera House mosque, in accordance with his will.

 

The Ministry of Culture announced that all cultural activities at the Cairo Opera House, as well as the opera houses in Alexandria and Damanhour, will be postponed in mourning.

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Polish musicians celebrate the birth of a legend in Cairo

Polish musicians celebrate the birth of a legend in Cairo | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

In the classical music scene, 2013 marks a number of important anniversaries. Germans celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Richard Wagner (1813-1883); Italians the birth of Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901); and Poles the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of the leading Polish composers and conductors Witold Lutoslawski (1913-1994).

Not only in Poland but across the world, Polish orchestras, small ensembles and soloists will perform works by Lutoslawski, a composer believed to have been one of the last devotees of what many see today as "old-fashion harmony."

"Music can have a multitude of dimensions," Lutoslawski was quoted as saying. "When it seems to be saying one thing, it delivers something completely different as if contradicting itself."

Joining the international celebrations, three Polish musicians – Szymon Klima on clarinet, Joachin Mencel on piano and Adam Kowalewski on contrabass – will perform a concert on Wednesday under the title 'Lutoslawski-Retuned' at the Cairo Opera House's small hall.

 

The concert will feature Lutoslawski's music being played with an innovative touch, blending classical music with jazz accents. 

Programme:

Wednesday, 6 February at 8pm
Small Hall, Cairo Opera House, Zamalek

 

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