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Tuesday 12 December 2017

The Royal Opera House Muscat is proud to present its seventh annual Omani Women's Day Celebration, which pays tribute to the tremendous contribution of Omani women in community development and nation-building, and recognises their vital achievements in music, art and society. This year's programme features music by the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra (ROSO) Ladies Chamber Ensemble and also includes eight musicians from the prestigious Oman Oud Hobbyists Association, four of whom are women.


ROSO's Ladies Chamber Ensemble is a shining example of the artistic independence and high level of achievement of Omani women in the arts. With violins, violas, cellos, double bass and harp, the Ensemble is known for exceptionally beautiful music. Since 1989, two years after its inception, the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra has included women in all sections of the Orchestra.


The talented and charismatic young Yemeni singer, Balqees will appear as a special guest in a starring role. Balqees Ahmed Fathi, whose father is a well-known musician, grew up playing instruments and singing. Balqees released her debut album, Majnoun (Crazy) in 2013 through Rotana Records, her second studio album, Zai Ma Ana (The Way I Am) in 2015; and this past April, she released her third album, Arahemkom (I Bet You).


In a recent interview with Vogue Arabia, Balqees remarked that she is known for "high-octane" album covers; and so, for the Arahemkom cover, she took her fans by surprise with her dark hair transformed into a gorgeous pale blonde. In this cover photograph, Balqees stands in a demure pose, but with her fists in bright red boxing gloves. Her performance promises to be equally original and exciting.


Open to both men and women, the Omani Women's Day Celebration has become a signature event in ROHM's seasonal calendar, marking the continual progress of Omani women in society and the arts. This year's Omani Women's Day Celebration will be held at the Royal Opera House Muscat on Tuesday 17th October at 7:00 pm.