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Wednesday Morning Musicales Present the Music and Marvels of Ancient Egypt

April 10 at 10:15 am

See the sights of Egypt without leaving Wellsboro. Margery Hoffman and her sister Judith Artley of Framingham, Mass., will present a program for Wednesday Morning Musicales on April 10 at 10:15 a.m. at the Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center about their 2023 trip to Egypt.
The presentation will consist of slides and recorded Nubian music. They will show the ancient sites of this exotic country and introduce some of the ancient musical instruments used to worship the gods.
The travelogue will start near Cairo, at the Pyramids in Dahshur and Giza, before flying to Luxor to uncover the Valley of the Kings and tour the temples of Luxor and Karnak and Dendera.
It’s at the Dendera complex that the audience will be introduced to ancient instruments and the goddess Hathor as well as the dwarf god Bes, as documented on the temple walls. They will travel by river boat upstream on the Nile River to Aswan to partake in high tea at the Old Cataract Hotel where Agatha Christie was inspired to write “Death on the Nile.”
Next, is Nubian music played by instruments documented in Egypt as early as 1300 BC. The mizmar, a double-reeded woodwind, is very foreign to western ears. The final stop is the Philae Temple, relocated between the low dam and the high dam. Like Dendera, this temple also devoted to worshipping Hathor and Bes.
The trip continues to Abu Simbel Temple near the Sudanese boarder to hear a Nubian folk band sing about the displacement of families due to the building of the high dam and Lake Nassar.
The Musicales meets on the second Wednesday of each month, September through May. The organization was formed in 1934 to promote interest in music among its members and in the community. Each meeting showcases local talent. All events are free and open to the public.


April 10
10:15 am


Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center
134 Main Street
Wellsboro, PA 16901 United States
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