For the first time, the international composer and pianist, Omar Khairat performs a concert in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia is striving to enrich the musical, cultural, and artistic scene through supporting different events.
Winter at Tantora is the premier event held each winter by Al-Ula governorate in the north of Saudi Arabia, where one can also find dozens of globally-recognized archaeological sites. The very special program of the gala, which started last Dec. 20th and continues to next Feb. 9th, includes many cultural, heritage, artistic, musical, and literary events and shows held on weekends and host Arab and World artists. The ceremonies are organized to meet all interests and fit ages adding to the weekly-heritage ceremonies. Tantora is a pyramid-shaped solar clock that rises on the roof of one of the buildings in the center of the old town of Al-Ula as an integral part of its structure. The inhabitants of the city have relied on it for hundreds of years to know the time of the day and the seasons of the year. Each year, when the shade reaches the corresponding mark on the ground, where the shade reaches once a year and then retracts to form the shortest day and longest night of the year, in a festive celebration that brings together the people of Al-Ula of different ages; hence, the name of the festival.
One of the remarkable ceremonies is Omar Khairat concert held on Jan. 11 at Al-Maraya theatre. Omar Khairat brilliantly started with one of his superb compositions for a great heritage poem. The concert that has attracted audience’s attendance, interest, and interaction, continued for two hours and included the best of Khairat’s works and a renowned piece of music of his composition called “Arab Rhapsody” inspired by the Arab Peninsula’s music, and rhythms. Thousands of Khairat’s music lovers attended the concert along with a number of Saudi princes, and Arab ambassadors and artists.
Omar Khairat has previously expressed his desire to have “the first orchestral musical concert for Piano in the Kingdom” adding that Saudi audience, who enjoys an elite taste of art, is very much present at his concerts held in Cairo Opera House, some of them would specially come to Egypt to just attend his concerts and leave afterwards. Khairat who believes that many commonalities and relationships between both peoples other than the political and economic ones, has formerly, in 2016, presented a special musical composition to the Kingdom that he named “from Egypt’s People to Saudi Arabia”.