Renowned Egyptian pianist and composer Omar Khairat and his orchestra will conclude the 28th Citadel Festival for Music and Singing with a concert on Sunday 1 September.
One of the most popular and celebrated contemporary composers in the region, Khairat has composed the scores for over 50 Egyptian films, including The Sixth Day (1984), The Terrorist (1993), Mafia (2002), Girl s Love (2003), The Embassy in the Building (2005) and Deer s Blood (2006).
In television, his memorable works include Lailat El-Qabd Ala Fatma (1984) and Dameer Abla Hekmat (1991).
Khairat, 70, also composes music for theatre and special ceremonies, such as the opening of important Egyptian and regional cultural festivals.
Khairat has also arranged compositions by celebrated Egyptian musician Mohamed Abdel-Wahab, releasing them as Wahabiat 1 and 2. His arrangements of Oum Kalthoum s songs have also brought him acclaim.
Organized by the Ministry of Culture, 45 concerts is being held at the 28th Citadel Festival for Music and Singing between 18 August and 1 September hosting three concerts everyday at the historical venue.
Cairo Steps, Massar Egbari, Nesma Abdel Aziz, Ali El-Haggar, Hani Shaker, Medhat Saleh, Dina El-Wedidi and Ghalia Ben Ali were among the performers at the event that is also hoting performances from Algeria, China, Namibian and Venezuela.