Bahrain International Music Festival makes a welcome return with a week of diverse acts from across the globe.
Now in its 22nd year and running under the programme for Manama Capital f Arab Tourism, the festival aims to educate as well as entertain with something to suit every taste from musical cultures as wide ranging as Cuba and the Czech Republic, Syria and Azerbaijan and almost all performances are free.
Crazy Opera Sunday, October 20 Venue: Bahrain National Theatre Tickets from Virgin Megastore
Lebanon’s Crazy Opera is a delightful fusion of classical opera arias and distinctly Arabic beats and melodies in an innovative production of music, dance and chorus. The creative force behind the group, soprano Samar Salamé, is joined by multi-talented artists Ziad Nehmeh and Roger Abi Nader, maestro Toufic Maatouk, the Beirut Chamber Orchestra and Antonine University Choir. Tickets BD20-BD40.
Klazz Brothers & Cuban Percussion Monday, October 21 Venue: Cultural Hall Free admission
Classic music meets Cuban flavour in this exceptional melting pot of music. The five musicians who comprise the Klazz Brothers & Cuban Percussion combine their unique talents to produce a one-of-a-kind sound that blends elements of jazz, swing, classical, salsa and Latin rhythms.
Al Kamandjati: Palestine National Ensemble of Arabic Music Tuesday, October 22 Venue: Cultural Hall Free admission
Comprised of talented musicians from across Palestine, the Palestine National Ensemble of Arabic Music breathes new life into traditional Arabic musical heritage by putting its signature touch on a full repertoire of classical and original compositions.
Alim Qasimov Ensemble Wednesday, October 23 Venue: Cultural Hall Free admission
From North Africa to East Asia, the music of the Alim Qasimov Ensemble is a veritable history lesson which reflects the nuances of cultures past that left their indelible mark on the region and produced the traditional Azerbaijani music known as Mugham. The programme is presented in collaboration with the Aga Khan Music Initiative, a programme of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.
Prague Chamber Orchestra Thursday, October 24 Venue: Cultural Hall Free admission
Performing without a conductor, the world-renowned Prague Chamber Orchestra will unleash a brilliant assortment of orchestral scores of many styles, from the classical compositions of Mozart and Haydn, to the high Baroque melodies of Bach and Vivaldi, and Bohemian masters Michna, Zelenka.
Lena Chamamyan Friday, October 25 Venue: Cultural Hall Free admission
The Syrian Armenian vocalist Lena Chamamyan is a true innovator who remains closely connected to her roots. The classically trained singer will perform her unique brand of music which delicately blends the folklore of her native Syria with contemporary influences from around the world.