Take a musical journey to the land of Egypt while supporting the Arab American National Museum (AANM) at the 4th annual Concert Gala on Saturday, October 27 at the Detroit Opera House. Egypt’s national orchestra, the Umm Kulthoum Orchestra, will present a variety of classical Arabic music and other selections for this elegant affair in an historic renovated theater, one of the finest opera venues in the United States.
Named for the beloved 20th century Egyptian diva Umm Kulthoum, the Orchestra was formed by Egypt’s Ministry of Culture in 1967 to revive and preserve traditional Arabic music. Comprised of 55 trained vocalists and 40 instrumentalists, the Orchestra presents both traditional forms and works by contemporary composers. The Orchestra has performed throughout the Middle East, Turkey and Spain, while a spinoff quintet has toured other European nations.
A 17-member ensemble of the Umm Kulthoum Orchestra, with 15 musicians and two vocalists, is touring five U.S. cities this fall. The tour begins in New York City October 25 moves to Detroit October 27 then stops in Raleigh, North Carolina October 30 Chicago November 1, and Washington, D.C. November 4.