Cairo, 18 May 2009 Press release

Haydn in Egypt!

Concert series for the Haydn Year by the Austrian Cultural Forum in Cairo; 22 – 31 May 2009

Cairo, 18 May 2009 – In celebration of the Haydn Year, the Austrian Cultural Forum in Cairo will dedicate a concert series to the "father of Viennese classical music" in Egypt in May.

The Haydn year in Egypt already kicked off in February 2009, with an extraordinary concert and the Haydn-Mozart exhibition of the Austrian Cultural Forum in an underground station in the centre of the city of Kairo. The highlight of the events celebrating the 200th anniversary of Joseph Haydn's death will be marked by performances by the Concilium musicum Vienna under the direction of Paul Angerer, and by the Egyptian Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra under the Austrian-Egyptian conductor Ahmed El Saedi. 

Next to concerts in the opera houses of Cairo and Alexandria, the Austrian Cultural Forum in Cairo also focuses on introducing classical music to a broad Egyptian public, and therefore organizes two events in public spaces: The Gezira park, popular above all with young Cairo residents, offers a breathtaking backdrop for Haydn’s music, not least because it is located directly on the bank of the Nile. The crowning glory of the concert series on the anniversary of Haydn’s death will be a concert in the Mohamed Ali Palast on the island of Manial in the centre of Cairo, one of Egypt's most beautiful palaces, which will also be open for the public.

For more information on the concert dates, go to

Austrian Cultural Forum Cairo
Clemens Mantl, Direktor
Tel.: (++20/2) 357 029 75