By NINA OBEID and MALIK KHANEDIANO The grand Egyptian Museum’s grand exhibition opens with a new lineup of performers, including an all star cast, with the latest pop music from the past three years and an all day musical performance from the latest film.
The new show, “Museum of the Gods,” also includes performances from the new Egyptian film “The Lion King,” a new musical, a performance from “A Walk Among the Tombstones” and an opening act from the Egyptian opera troupe “Hosseini.”
The show opens Wednesday at the museum in Alexandria and features an all show lineup, including three-piece ensemble pieces from the late 1960s, including a jazz trio from the early 1960s and a blues band from the mid-1970s.
Other musical acts include the new opera by Egypt’s “The Pessimist” (opening in February), “A Night to Remember” by Egyptian composer Ahmed Al-Sagheer and the music of Egypt’s legendary composer Mahmoud Daboul and the song “Sultan’s Voice” by the Egyptian folk band “The Shabaab.”
Museum Director Mahmoud El-Nagy and head of the new exhibition, Musicians of Egypt, Mahmoud Al-Mouadry, announced the lineup during a news conference Tuesday.
“The show will also include performances from an impressive number of the most popular and important Egyptian music,” the statement said.
The show, which was created to “honor and preserve the achievements of the Egyptian art world,” is set to open with the musical “The Temptation of the Goddess,” an Egyptian ballad by composer Ahmed Daboush.
The opening act is a musical version of the iconic music from “The Legend of Beren and Leif” by legendary Egyptian composer Mahmoud Dahman.
It will be performed by the same musicians who perform at the Egyptian Theater of the Americas in New York City on Jan. 31, the date of the film’s premiere.
A performance from Al-Daboul, a legendary Egyptian songwriter, is also scheduled for Wednesday, followed by a performance by a contemporary songwriter of the same name.
Museum officials say the performance will be open to the public, with a pre-show reception.
The performance is set for 1 p.m.
The lineup of performances will also be a part of the exhibit’s new music program, the museum said.
Musicians from the “Temptation” show and the “Legend of Berel” show will be joined by other performers from the museum’s music program including the Egyptian National Symphony Orchestra, the Egyptian Chamber Orchestra and the Egyptian Chorus Orchestra.
The performers will be given a performance in which they’ll perform the new song “The Song of the Sphinx.”
The song will be sung by the original composer of the original Egyptian ballads, Ahmed Dahman, who died in 2008.MOSCOW (AP)Egyptian music director Mahmoud Elmasry announced the new program on Tuesday.
“It’s a continuation of the program which we began in 2010, which will allow people to enjoy the music and experience it through the museum,” Elmasrry said.
“I’m very happy with what we’ve achieved.
I hope the audience will be happy and feel like they’re part of something.”
The new program will also feature performances from new films that premiered at the end of 2015, including “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”