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The Magic Flute

27,28 September 2018

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

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

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

10-15 October 2018

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.

Without Microphone

7, 8 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.

Songs from Black-and-White Movies

27 November - 1 December 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

11, 12, 13 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.

Mohammed Abdu: A Musical Eve

14 December 2018

Mohammed Abdu: A Musical Eve

Mohammed Abdu will be awaiting his fans on December the 14th. In an intimate evening, Abdu will present a collection of his songs played only on oud and percussions.

A night of fun in which the audience will enjoy the masterpieces of the great artist, who began his artistic career in the early sixties of the last century, to present a number of distinctive songs. During his career, Mohammed Abdu collaborated with leading poets such as Badr Shaker Al Sayyab, Khalid Al Faisal, Bader Bin Abdulmohsen and Faiq Abduljalil, and leading composers such as Tarek Abdulhakim, Baleegh Hamdi, Abdulrab Idris and Yousef Al Muhanna, to achieve a rich artistic heritage that left a clear impression on the audience. Mohammed Abdu toured with his voice and songs all around the world and have become a true ambassador for his country’s musical tradition.

Adaniyat

18 December 2018

Adaniyat

Adani singing was first introduced and promoted in Kuwait by the Yamani artist Mohamad Jumaa Khan. By late sixties, it became popular among young Kuwaitis. During the seventies, Adaniyat music witnessed a new milestone as Kuwaiti artists started composing songs combining the Yamani and the Kuwaiti spirits.

Presented by Sheikh Jaber Alahmed Cultural Centre (JACC), the audience of this event will enjoy a list of Adani songs by Abdulaziz Al-Saib, a prominent artist in the Kuwaiti Adani genre, highlighting this very unique and underrated form of music.

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

3-5 January 2019

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!”

Tonight: The 80s

9 - 14 January 2019

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.

Omar Khairat

17, 18 January 2019

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.

Classical Music by Mozart

30, 31 January 2019

Classical Music by Mozart

Hear the full Ahmadi Music Group Choir and Symphony Orchestra together, 130 musicians on stage, in a performance of two of the greatest works of classical music, the Clarinet Concerto and the Requiem by W.A. Mozart, both composed in the last year of his life.

Taksim Trio

5 February 2019

Taksim Trio

After starting out on their own, the Taksim Trio came together in 2007, released their first album, and started performing as a band. Following the big success of their first album, the Trio toured the world performing in countries in Europe, the United States, UAE, and Kuwait, before releasing their second.

Thriller Live

20 - 23 March 2019

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.

Songs of Abdullateef Al-Bannai

29, 30 March 2019

Songs of 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 Abdullah Al-Ruwaished, Nabil Shuail, Wala’a Al-Sarraf, and Fatima Al-Kuwaitiya backed by the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmed Cultural

Balqees & Ahmed Fat’hi

4 April 2019

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

11 - 13 April 2019

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.

Al-Andaleeb Night

16-18 April 2019

Al-Andaleeb Night

The Nightingale Night celebrates the legacy of Abdel-Halim Hafez, a legendary singer whose popularity spread from Egypt to all the Arab countries. Despite his early death in 1977, his songs remain a source of inspiration for generations of music enthusiasts. With this concert,audienceswill relive the romantic glamour that fueled most of the songs of this era, and shaped the public consciousness about the meanings of love and belonging to the homeland.

Born in the village of Helwat in Sharkia province in 1929, Hafez boasts over 230 songs in his career, during which he collaborated with a host of leading composers and lyricists, including Mohamed Al-Mogi, Kamal Al-Taweel, Baligh Hamdi, Mohamed Abdel-Wahab, Abdel-Rahman Al-Abnoudi and Nizar Qabbani, among others.

Performed by: Mohammed Al-Hilw, Ahmed Effet, Mohammed Al-Mutairi

 

 

Memoirs of a Sailor

24 April - 2 May 2019

Memoirs of a Sailor

The Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Cultural Centre brings back the “Memoirs of a Sailor” musical; an epic written by poet Mohammed Al-Fayez and composed by musician Ghannam Al-Daikan. Dramatized and scripted by novelist Saud Al-Sanousi, the show tells a story from the bygone days of Kuwait and its people, quoting Al-Fayez’s Memoirs of a Sailor and maintaining the musical composition from 1979.