Cultural Season Program

The Magic Flute

27,28 September 2018

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The Magic Flute

Popular work “The Magic Flute”, was to become one of the most popular of the 22 operas composed by Mozart, who relied in his operas from “Idomeneo, re di Creta” (1781) to “Cosi fan tuttt” (1790), on Italian stories, especially for writer Lorenzo da Ponte. And although, “The Magic Flute” was not his first German work – he had already composed opera “Die Entführung aus dem Serail” (The Abduction from the Seraglio) (1782) – but it was the most accepted by the audience who was familiar with the Italian operas.

The National Armenian Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet

29 September 2018

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The National Armenian Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet

Located in the heart of Yerevan, the Armenian National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet named after Alexander Spendiaryan (Yerevan Opera House) is a cultural hub and an architectural triumph. It was built in phases between 1930 and 1953.
Today, the Yerevan Opera House, one of Armenia’s most recognizable artistic landmarks, stands before us with its classical beauty, magnificent and technology-rich stage, one-thousand-plus-seat amphitheater, and splendid hallways and balconies.

Herbie Hancock

5,6 October 2018

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Herbie Hancock

Herbie Hancock is a true icon of modern music. Throughout his explorations, he has transcended limitations and genres while maintaining his unmistakable voice. With an illustrious career spanning five decades and 14 Grammy™ Awards, including Album of the Year for River: The Joni Letters, he continues to amaze audiences across the globe.
There are few artists in the music industry who have had more influence on acoustic and electronic jazz and R&B than Herbie Hancock. As the immortal Miles Davis said in his autobiography, “Herbie was the step after Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk, and I haven’t heard anybody yet who has come after him.”

Tonight: The 80s

10-13 October 2018

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Tonight: The 80s

In response to popular demand following the massive success of the first cultural season at the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre, we have extended the performances for one day. This season, The ’80s Show returns in a new guise, taking the audience on a journey back to that golden decade full of memorable television programs and songs that hold a special place in Kuwaiti hearts.
In this show, the audience experiences life as it was in the 1980s, recalling the past, not just out of nostalgia for an earlier time, but rather to appreciate those years that shaped much of the present we are living in today.

Wahabiyat

18 October 2018

Wahabiyat

Arab music cannot be properly celebrated without dedicating a concert to the songs of iconic Egyptian composer Mohamed Abdel-Wahab (1902-1991), widely considered one of the pioneers of modern Arab music.
Abdel Wahab started his career as a vocalist in Fawzi Al-Jazairi’s band in 1917 and soon turned to develop his talent at the Arab Music Institute in 1920. In 1924, he was introduced by the renowned poet Ahmed Shawqi to his circle of rich friends, helping the then unknown singer become a regular feature in Egypt’s aristocratic parties. He rose to public fame as a composer of lyrical songs that were written by Shawqi and proved to be big hits among all classes. The Wahhabiat concert will feature veteran singer Safwan Bahlawan.

The Illusionists

24-27 October 2018

The Illusionists

Known as the ‘world’s best-selling magic show’, “The Illusionists” showcases mind blowing talents that have shattered box office records across the globe. It’s a one of a kind live magic production with a cast of magicians who all practice illusion.
The show premiered at the Sydney Opera House in Australia and went on to tour the world with its success.

Sherei’yat

1, 2 November 2018

Sherei’yat

Despite being born blind, Ammar Al-Sherei (1948-2012) excelled as a musical master with a distinct melodic style and a creative approach, characteristics that have been apparent in the songs and movie soundtracks he produced across his 40-year long career.
He not only composed over 300 songs for the greatest singers of the Arab world, he produced the music scores for 50 films, 150 television series, 20 radio shows and 10 musical plays. He also appeared as a music critic on a weekly show entitled Ghawas Fi Bahr Al-Nagham (Diver in the Sea of Melodies), then at Sahrat Sherei (Sherei Night) on television.
To celebrate the legacy of this modern icon of Arab music, the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre will host a performance of a selection of his music scores and compositions that still echo across the region. The show will feature star singers Abdullah Al-Ruwaished and Riham Abdel-Hakim, accompanied by an orchestra led by Maestro Nader Abbassi.

Songs from Black-and-White Movies

27-30 November 2018

Songs from Black-and-White Movies

In its golden age, the Egyptian film industry was distinctly characterized by placing songs, mostly romantic ones, at the forefront of movies’ plots. Musical films in particular were a cornerstone of an industry that rose to prominence on the shoulders of some of the biggest names in Arab music, such as Umm Kulthum, Mohamed Abdel Wahab, Layla Murad, Abdel-Halim Hafez, Najat and others. In return, their movies served as a shortcut to the hearts and minds of fans who grew up associating their favorite songs with timeless scenes on the big screen.
In Songs from Black-and-White Movies, we bring back these memories by playing some of these classic songs in a stunning show that combines music, acting and performing arts, featuring singers Abeer Ne’ma and Tariq Bashir with the participation of JACC’s orchestra.

Warda

18 December 2018

Warda

Born in 1939 in France to a Lebanese mother and an Algerian father, Warda rose to stardom at an early age. Her powerful voice and strong onstage presence earned her an iconic status throughout the Arab world.
Known for her patriotic and Arab nationalist songs, Warda has a long list of collaborations with leading composers and writers including Mohamed Abdel Wahab, Farid Al-Atrash, Sayed Makkawi, Mohamed Al-Mogi, Baligh Hamdi, Ammar Al-Sherei, Helmi Bakr and Farouq Al-Sharnoubi.

Without Microphone

6, 7 November 2018

Without Microphone

For this concert, the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre seeks to revive the old classical way of playing music, with which the center’s orchestra will perform a selection of top Kuwaiti songs without the aid of microphones, to deliver a truly pure musical experience.

Italian Youth Orchestra

18 November 2018

Italian Youth Orchestra

Based in the historic Rome Opera House, the Italian Youth Orchestra boasts over 100 talented young Italian musicians. The vibrant orchestra had gone on tours across Italy and abroad, with the aim of disseminating opera culture in a modern manner that appeals to younger generations.

The Merchants of Bollywood

27-30 December 2018

The Merchants of Bollywood

Charting the magical history of the world’s largest, most prolific film industry and the dynasty of stars that have lit its way over generations, The Merchants of Bollywood is a tribute to the greatest Indian films from its early origins all the way to today’s blockbusters ruling the box office.
The show is based on fiction, on imagination… yet paints a real picture of India’s film industry in an extraordinary evening of music and dancing, told through the story of a young girl, her grandfather and their love of dance.

Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra

January 2019

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Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra

The Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra has continued to shine as a leading cultural landmark in Croatia for nearly 150 years, both to promote classical music within Croatia and as a cultural ambassador to the world, embodying the image of Zagreb as a Central European center of music, art and culture.

The orchestra, first founded in 1871, is excited to bring the 2018/2019 season full of exciting performances under the motto “148 years of the orchestra and you haven’t heard everything yet!”

Omar Khairat

January 2019

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Omar Khairat

The prominent musician and composer Omar Khairat returns for the second cultural season in a row to entrain the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre’s audience to lead a selection of his top musical scores.
With a career spanning 40 years, Khairat shot to fame with his widely-acclaimed score for the movie Lailat Al-Qabd Ala Fatma (The Night They Arrested Fatima). He later produced the soundtracks of numerous popular films and television dramas, in addition to several ballet scores.

Mozart’s requiem

January 2019

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Mozart’s requiem

Pixel Contemporary Dance Performance

February 2019

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Pixel Contemporary Dance Performance

A stunning piece of choreography that combines state-of-the-art digital projection with the physical bodies of its 11 dancers. A performance for the new millennium, Pixel emphasizes the potential future role played by technology in the performing arts.
Created by French choreographer Mourad Merzouki in collaboration with renowned digital artists Adrien Mondot and Claire Bardainne, Pixel seeks to explore the potential impact of immersing human movements into a digitized environment.
The piece promises its viewers a unique experience of visual delight generated by dancers swirling to minimal music through vast fields of pixelated dots of light, surrounded by digital objects that transform into breathtaking shapes.

Kulthoomiyat: Al Atlal

March 2019

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Kulthoomiyat: Al Atlal

Following the overwhelming success of the Kulthumiyat concerts in the first cultural season, the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre is bringing a new concert series over three nights from March 6 to 8, 2019. The show is to be divided into two parts. The first part features a selection of songs from Egyptian icon Umm Kulthum, the “Star of the East,” as performed by a group of top-tier talents backed by JACC’s orchestra. The second part celebrates her masterpiece Al-Atlal (The Ruins) in a concert performance that will also incorporate visual projection.
Al-Atlal is a marvel of modern Arabic poetry, considered the most successful example of lyrical poems set to music. The song was a huge success upon its release in the 1960s, and in the following decades it attained cult status across the Arab world and beyond. The lyrics themselves were a mix of two poems by Ibrahim Nagi: Al-Atlal from the Layali Al-Qahera (Cairo Nights) collection and Al-Wadaa (Farewell) from the Warra’ Al-Ghamam (Behind the Clouds) collection. Nagi had hoped Umm Kulthum would sing it since the 1940s, but it was not until 1966 that this wish came true when the composer Riad Al-Sunbati combined verses from the two poems and composed it into a song. Unfortunately, this happened 13 years after Nagi’s passing, but the magic of his verse lives on.

Thriller Live

March 2019

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Thriller Live

Directly from London’s West End following its overwhelmingly successful decade-long run, Thriller Live is a spectacular concert celebrating the life and music of Michael Jackson, the world’s greatest entertainer and undisputed King of Pop.
Seen by more than five million people in over 30 countries, the show comes next March to Kuwait to take Michael Jackson’s local fans on a “thrilling” audio-visual journey through the magic of his long musical reign.
Audiences will experience over two hours of non-stop hits in a spectacular live show showcasing Michael’s music and innovative dance moves for a night to remember.

Abdullateef Al Bannai

March 2019

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Abdullateef Al Bannai

The Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre celebrates one of the most prolific Kuwaiti lyricists with a concert featuring a collection of songs written by poet Abdel-Latif Al-Bannai, whose works were characterized by genuine simplicity and spontaneity, whether it was a romantic poem, a patriotic song or even a nursery rhyme for children.
The concert will feature performances by singers Abdul-Rab Idris, Abdullah Al-Ruwaished and Asma Lamnawar, backed by the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural

Nightingale Night

April 2019

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Nightingale Night

Balqees & Ahmed Fat’hi

April 2019

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Balqees & Ahmed Fat’hi

The veteran singer Ahmed Fathi and his daughter, the pop star Balqees, will perform a selection of their famous songs for their Kuwaiti fans.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

April 2019

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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

For over seven decades, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has been at the forefront of music-making in the UK. London’s Cadogan Hall has served since 2004 as the home for seven principal residencies as well as more than 45 concerts per year in long-term partnership venues across the country, often in areas where access to live orchestral music is very limited.
In London, the orchestra’s regular performances at Cadogan Hall are complemented by a distinguished series at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall and a hugely popular series at the Royal Albert Hall. With the widest reach of any large UK ensemble, the Royal Philharmonic has truly become Britain’s national orchestra.

Kuwaiti Arts

April 2018

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Kuwaiti Arts