On November 24th 2017, The Arts-Mart will hold its first Orchestra In Art Event; A Night Of Musicals, under the patronage of SODIC Art. The gallery will be collaborating with the United Philharmonic Orchestra as well as conductor Nader Abbassi and soloists Gala El Hadid, Fatma Said and Ilhami Amin. This special one night event brings together the visual and performance arts in one captivating artistic and cultural experience. The orchestra will perform musicals such as Les Miserables, Cats, Phantom of the Opera and many more.
With this event the gallery aims to create a meaningful interaction between the audience and the arts as well as raise awareness about local artists across both the performing and visual arts platforms. A Night of Musicals will strengthen the community by sharing valuable and memorable experiences with the arts as well as spread a much needed message of love, joy understanding and unity, through the arts. A Night of Musicals will be conducted by Nader Abbassi, an Egyptian-Swiss conductor famous for his exceptionally wide professional experience as a singer, bassoonist and composer. Nader Abbassi conducts various international orchestras including: Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Philharmonisches Rochester Heidelberg, Orchester des Richard Strauss Konservatoriums München (Germany) Philharmonique de Marseille, Orchestre National Pays de la Loire, Orchestra National Bordeaux Aquitaine (France), Orchestre de Chambre de Genève, Sinfonieorchester Basel (Switzerland), Nuriev Festival with the Bashkir Opera Orchestra (Russia), Orquesta Sinfonica de Guanajuato, Symphony Orchestra of the state of Mexico (Mexico), Norrkoping Philharmonic Orchestra (Sweden), Euro Orchestra de camera di Bari (Italy), Lisbon Philharmonic Orchestra (Portugal), North West Opera Orchestra (Ireland), Incheon Philharmonic Orchestra (Korea), Slovenian Phil Harmonic Orchestra (Slovenia). HEM Symphony Orchestra (Geneva). He gave his US debut with the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra in spring 2008. Joining Nader Abbassi on stage are three Egyptian Soloists; Gala El Hadidi, Fatma Said, and Ilhami Amin. All of which show an impressive musical journey from Egypt to abroad. Gala El Hadidi received a scholarship to attend the International Bach Academy in Stuttgart in 2005, she then continued her vocal studies in Savonlinna and Yale University and became a Young Artist at the Semperoper studio in Dresden 2010-2012. At the 2011 Stella Maris Competition, Gala won two jury prizes: a test recording for Deutsche Gramophone and a guest engagement at Vienna State Opera. In 2010 she received the Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, New England Regionals. She has also received an engagement prize from the Gottlob Frick Society in the Debut 2012 competition. Her past roles there include Orlofsky Die Fledermaus, High Priestess Aida and Suzuki Madama Butterfly. At Semperoper, as a principal artist, she has performed Rosina Il barbiere di Siviglia, Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel, Maddalena Rigoletto, 2nd and 3rd Lady Die Zauberflöte, Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro, Medoro Orlando and Mae Jones Street Scene. Fatma Said was also awarded a scholarship to study at the Academia del Teatro all Scala in Milan, becoming the first Egyptian soprano to perform on that iconic stage. During her time at the academy , she sang the title role of Pamina in the critically acclaimed new production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, directed by Peter Stein and conducted by Adam Fischer. She was hailed by critics as one of the worlds most promising young singers. Said has won several major singing competitions including the 8th Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition (Dublin,, 2016), the 7th Leyla Gencer International Opera Competition (Istanbul, 2012), second prize at the the 16th International Robert Schumann Lied Competition (Zwickau, 2012) and the Grand Prix at the 1st Guilio Perotti International Opera Competition (Germany, 2011).
Joining Said and Hadidi on stage is Elhami Amin, a graduate from the Cairo Conservatoire and enrolled for post graduate studies under Dr. Sobhi Bidair. Elhami is a member of the Cairo Opera House since 1999 and was awarded first prize for opera singing at the Egyptian Supreme Council of Culture Singing Competition in 1977. Furthermore, Amin attended master classes with Enza Ferrari in Italy in 2001, for the Rossini festival season in the Cairo Opera House conductedd by David Credenza. He was part of the Egyptian Premiere of Massenet’s Thaïs in 1997, which was conducted by Patrick Fourillier.