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06 October 2012 Tunisian Violinist Amina Srarfi & Her All-Female Orchestra in Fifth Performance of 21st Bahrain International Music Festival A mix of tradition and modernity with the first all-female orchestra in the Middle East
Tunisian violinist Amina Srarfi and her orchestra “El Azifet” took the audience gathered at the Cultural Hall on a delightful journey in the fifth and penultimate performance of the 21st Bahrain International Music Festival (Oct 4th). Srarfi is a true trailblazer, becoming the first Arab woman to lead an orchestra, and establishing “El Azifet” in 1992, the first all-female orchestra in the Middle East. In her performance, entitled “Omnia”, Srarfi performed an array of original compositions inspired by a variety of sources, ranging from her traditional Tunisian heritage and Arab cultures to Western rhythms such as the waltz and the rhumba.
The week-long festival is part of the “music month” – the 9th month of the year-long “Manama: Capital of Arab Culture 2012” program. The festival draws to a close with the sixth and final concert by Orquesta de Camara Reina Sofia (Spain) at 8 p.m. in the Cultural Hall on Friday, October 5th.
Audiences can find out more information about the lineup or artists and performances on manamaculture2012.bh, or by following the Ministry of Culture on Twitter @MOC_BH.
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