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Stage is set for music festival.

A MAJOR music festival will kick off in Bahrain next week.

The 21st Bahrain International Music Festival is being organised by the Culture Ministry and will be held at the Cultural Hall, next to Bahrain National Museum, from Sunday until October 5.

The annual week-long event will celebrate diverse music from around the world with performances starting at 8pm, which are open to the public.

The festival comes in line with Manama being named the Capital of Arab Culture for 2012.

The year-long programme for Manama has been broken up into 12 cultural themes according to the months of the year and is designed to foster an environment of multi-disciplinary learning, with an appeal to all sections of society.

This year, an exciting line-up of distinguished artists, representing an array of genres, will cater to local and regional audiences alike and enthral them with their sensational performances.

September is the month of music and aims to provide a collection of music from various cultures.

An opera evening will be held on September 30, featuring Nouresta Elmarghany accompanied by Maya Gvineria.

Known for her captivating vocal abilities, mezzo-soprano opera singer Elmarghany presents a journey, which explores the theme of love through the ages from Mozart to famous American Broadway musicals.

She will be joined on stage by Georgian pianist Gvineira.

A Qanun Night will take place on October 1, featuring Hasmik Leyloyan, who is today's Queen of Qanun and is considered the innovator of the classical school of Armenian Qanun. Her unique style incorporates the history of Qanun by brilliantly blending folk with classical complex compositions.

Piano Pop will be the highlight on October 2, featuring Zade Dirani, who is hailed as a Piano Prodigy by People Magazine and is a globally acclaimed top-selling Billboard charting pianist and composer, widely considered to be Jordan's preeminent cultural ambassador.

His electrifying performance will surely inspire the audience to follow their own dreams and maximise their potential as he shares his signature style, which blends Arabic, classical, pop and his piano, with the beats of the DJ.

A Song and Oud Night will be the focus on October 3, featuring Mohammed Al Amin, who is a visionary Sudanese artist and one of the foremost revivalists of musical thought in Sudan.

Audiences will relish his charming performance style, which weave together his nuanced sensibility and honest voice to create lovely compositions distinguished by their revolutionary and uplifting messages.

An Orchestra Concert will be held on October 4, featuring Amina Srarfi and El'Azifet.

Trailblazing Tunisian violinist Srarfi is a towering figure in the Arab musical scene.

Her unique compositions seamlessly balance traditional Eastern influences with Western classics, infused with contemporary touches that embody the modern spirit.

The programme will culminate with another Orchestra Concert on October 5, featuring Orquesta De Ccmara Reina Sofia. In 1983, Queen SofAEa of Spain gave her name to this ensemble of standout musicians.

Lovers of classical Western music are in for a special treat as this Madrid-based ensemble brings to life a selection of the most timeless masterpieces by some of the greatest composers of all time, such as Bach, Mozart and Tchaikovsky.

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
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Date:Sep 26, 2012
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