THE Bahrain Philharmonic Orchestra is tuning up to kick-start the 31st Bahrain International Music Festival on Saturday.
It will be conducted by renowned military maestro Major General Dr Mubarak Najem who is the general director of the Bahrain Police Band and founder of the Bahrain Music Institute.
The orchestra, which currently includes more than 100 musicians and choirs, will unite people through their love of music and melodies, and also commemorate International Music Day.
Following the concert, that will be staged at the Bahrain National Theatre at 8pm, the annual event will bring together a line-up of local, regional and international artists boasting different genres and styles.
The Rabat Troupe for Instrumental Music People will provide an evening of authentic Moroccan heritage on Sunday at 8pm.
The troupe was founded by Mohamed Amin Al Dabi in 1987 and has since then refined its talents and demonstrated its competencies with high professionalism, both in Morocco and the rest of the world, participating in a number of national and international cultural festivals.
The troupe has also collaborated with the Moroccan Culture Ministry on various projects.
Bahrain Music Band will pay tribute to the late Bahraini singer Mohammed Zowayed on Tuesday.
The event is in honour of the 40th anniversary of his death and his artistic career, which was launched in the 1920s.
Known as the “Ambassador of Bahraini Song”, the late Mr Zowayed left his mark in the local artistic heritage.
He was distinguished for his melodious voice, and his songs spread from Bahrain to the Gulf, India, Egypt and worldwide.
The tribute will be conducted by maestro Zeyad Zaiman at 8pm.
The Ismaeel Dawas Band, founded in 1935, will perform folk music highlighting heritage at Dar Al Muharraq on Wednesday at 8pm.
The band is a staple at the kingdom’s cultural and national celebrations, exposing the younger generations to their inherited musical heritage and preserving it from extinction.
All other events will be held at the Cultural Hall in Manama and admission is free except for the orchestra at the Bahrain National Theatre.