Oh yes, you are missing out big time!
Almost every Friday, at 8:30 PM, a one-of-a-kind concert takes place in St Joseph Church in Monot. The prestigious Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra, lead by the most prominent conductors of the world, offers each week a program comprising 3 to 4 classical pieces: from the masters, Mozart, Beethoven, Bach and Tchaikovsky, to contemporary Lebanese musicians and composers such as Zad Moultaka, Charbel Rouhana and Omar Rahbani.
I reckon not everybody is familiar with the world of classical music, but let me assure you, you will never regret attending a concert of such scale. Allow me tell you about the concert I just got back from.
Today’s program was very special. Three contemporary pieces were on schedule:
- John Williams: Music from “Jurassic Park”
- Sibelius: The Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47, featuring the violinist virtuoso Claude Chalhoub
- John Williams: “Star Wars”, Suite for Orchestra
A-M-A-Z-I-N-G concert. I can’t even begin to describe how grandiose the Star Wars piece was! Violins, violas, cellos, trombones and percussion all played in unison; it was music in its purest, finest and most majestic form!
Claude Chalhoub took my breath away. The Sibelius piece features one of the most complex violin solos… and Chalhoub played it superbly, with such agility and accomplishment; he truly put every piece of himself in his rendition and made us feel every single note.
Sometimes, certain embassies support the concert and invite a conductor from their country to lead the orchestra. The program is then themed, and features works of the country’s best composers.
The Christmas concert is one not to be missed. 2012’s concert is certainly the best I have attended so far! It was lead by Harout Fazlian, my favorite conductor, with the participation of the NDU, Université Antonine and Conservatoire choirs… Unforgettable!
The next concert will take place on Wednesday, March 27 (exceptionally), at 8:30 PM, with conductor Alain Pâris. In program: Ravel’s Bolero, Eric Satie’s Gymnopédies, and works by Rossini, Borodin, Smetana and Iyad Kanaan. (see the full program here)
It surely sounds promising – I mean Ravel’s Bolero! Do not miss it under any circumstance!
N.B.: Entrance is free, and all are welcome!