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During this tour, Mahatat recalled the recent memory of the Opera on
Balconies performances – but this time with a different type of music.
The Awtar Quartet band was transported from the confines of opera halls
to the streets of Damietta and Mansoura. Similar to Opera on Balconies, the
idea was to take this type of art to a platform not customary and traditional
to it. Traveling across the Delta, 4 artists with their 3 violins and a cello
managed to play classical music to around 700 passersby in the street. The
crowds reacted happily and were responsive to the traditional street music –
which usually means no microphones or speakers. As the title suggests,
‘scheherazade’ classical music was performed and meant to offer a moment for
people to forget their day-to-day worries, and instead, enjoy a fun and
intimate moment with the musicians and their neighbours.
Awtar Quartet: Essam Abd Al-Hameed, Khaled Saleh, Mohammed Abd Al-Fattah,