The Dream Concert Live From The Great Pyramids of Egypt – Yanni
The Dream Concert Live From The Great Pyramids of Egypt: is the seventh live album and concert video by contemporary instrumentalist Yanni, officially released on June 3, 2016. The two concerts were performed outdoors on October 30 and 31, 2015, on the grounds of the Egyptian pyramids and Great Sphinx of Giza, Yanni’s first performance in Egypt
The concerts included fireworks and a video broadcast from International Space Station commander Scott Kelly, and were recorded in 4K HD for subsequent broadcast on PBS.
To convey an image of stable security after the Egyptian Crisis (2011–14), an Egyptian security force of 3,000 people secured the concert area; the terrorist downing of Metrojet Flight 9268 in the Sinai Peninsula happened to occur on the morning of October 31, 2015—between the times of the two Cairo concerts.
Yanni’s lighting manager for over twenty years, Bud Horowitz, said that the Pyramids location brought its own set of challenges. The Great Pyramid was a kilometer behind the stage, and 24 searchlights had to be brought to Egypt from Germany to light the pyramids and Sphinx in the background so that they were visible beyond the bright stage lighting for the 4K television cameras. It isn’t possible to bring the full set of lighting equipment to distant venues—bringing instead only the control consoles—so Horowitz and the production manager had to work in advance to communicate equipment specs to local promoters. Yanni’s shows are cue-specific and timing-specific, with over 2,000 lighting cues for each show.