Chopin comes to Cairo.
The concert is being held under the auspices of Bogdan Zdrojewski, Minister of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland, and Farouq Hosni, Minister of Culture of Egypt, as part of the worldwide celebration of 'The Year of Chopin 2010', celebrating the bicentennial of Chopin's (1810-1849) birth in Zelazowa Wola, Poland.
"This project will bring together many parties from Egypt and Poland. It's also a chance for the two ministries to meet," said Piotr Puchta, the Ambassador of Poland to Egypt, at a press conference held in the Press Syndicate a few days ago.
"There will be three major events through year-long celebration of Chopin 2010. Those three events will be held in three major world cities Cairo, Paris and Beijing," he added.
The music of Chopin is considered one of Poland's greatest gifts to world culture. Chopin's music has a large audience and inspires young artists.
"Chopin has had a great influence on music and piano. He was a very impressive pianist," said Hossam Nassar, the adviser to Hosni and the head of the Foreign Cultural Relations' Sector.
"He was one of the great masters of Romantic music," added Nassar, who stressed that he could deeply feel the influence of Chopin music, as he (Nassar) is also a poet.
The invited performers are outstanding interpreters, who for years have been admired by audiences all over the world.
They include Janusz Olejniczak, the outstanding pianist; jazz pianist Leszek Mozdzer; vocalist Anna Serafinska; tenor Leszek Swidzinski; three eminent Polish rock guitarists Marek Raduli, Jacek KrElik, Ryszard Sygitowicz; and one of the world's best string quartets, the Royal Quartet.
"Inviting the Polish artists and Chopin's music to such a unique place, the cradle of one of the world's oldest cultures, is a great honour for Polish culture. It is the Arab world's most spectacular-ever Chopin presentation," the Ambassador stressed.
What also makes this concert special is the combination of classical music, jazz and rock, as well as the modern multimedia projections and lights, and the wonderful location at the Giza Pyramids.
At the end of the conference, the Ambassador announced that in October, The National carrier EgyptAir will start direct flights between Cairo and Warsaw, as Polish tourists love to visit Egypt.
"This is a reopening, as there were direct flights in the early 1990s. This will boost the cultural and economic co-operation between Poland and Egypt," Hosni stressed.
The concert will be held on Wednesday at 8pm at the Pyramids Theatre near the Sound and Light Venue.
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