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Luxor Times: 26 Jan 2011

Luxor Times

Wednesday 26 January 2011

U.S. Orchestra Performs Aida March and Classic American Band Tunes in Egypt

The young American Augustana College Band of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, will present its final concert at the Mubarak Conference Center at the Mubarak Police Academy,Cairo on January 28, 2011, at 8:00 p.m, free of charge and open to the public. 

The Augustana College Band has been attracting great Egyptian crowds during its tour in Alexandria, Tanta, Assiut, and Cairo, since January 10, 2011.  This American musical group, brought to Egypt with the support of His Excellency Minister of Higher Education Hany Hilal and in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and Wings Tours, has been learning about Egyptian culture in their meetings with Egyptian musicians and visits to a variety of Egypt’s most celebrated cultural venues.

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Egyptians and Americans Team Up for Tennis Program

The U.S. Embassy in Cairo is pleased to stage a series of tennis workshops in Cairo and Alexandria from January 29 to February 2, 2011, led by two American tennis coaches from El-Sawy Tennis Academy in Tampa, Florida, and involving 80 Egyptian tennis players. The Embassy hails this program as a way to build cultural bridges between Egyptians and Americans.

The program will teach a diverse group of young tennis players aged 8 – 11 more about tennis skills and strategies, personal development, and ways that sports can open doors for education and international exposure. Participants can then deploy these valuable tips in their home clubs and pass on to other players.

The workshops’ lead tennis instructor, Tamer El Sawy, is a former Egyptian national tennis champion who used his tennis skills to attend an American university, compete internationally as one of the top 150 tennis players in the world, and manage a successful U.S.-based tennis academy.  Joining him is Aaron Komareck, an expert with over 17 years of experience working with elite athletes and professional teams, who currently serves as the Senior Associate Director of Strength and Conditioning at the University of South Florida.