16 junho, 2010

BAALBECK INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL 2010

Thursday June 24
MIKAPOP CONCERT
The Courtyard of the Two Temples

  

Mika is certainly the Pop Music Genius of the beginning of the twenty first century. His first album « Life in Cartoon Motion », was sold for more than 6 million copies throughout the planet and his latest album “The Boy who Knew too Much” released in September 2009 with such titles as We are Golden, Blame it on Girls, Rain, Dr. John, etc is being acclaimed worldwide.After an outstanding performance in 2008 in Beirut Downtown, Mika’s public is earnestly waiting for him in his country of birth to interpret in the magnificent frame of the Baalbek Roman Temples his biggest hits and to present his sensational new album.A memorable evening for his fans of all generations!



Friday July 9
KEVIN MAHOGANY QUINTET
ODEAN POPE'S ALL STAR NONET
TWO JAZZ CONCERTS IN ONE NIGHT
The Courtyard of the Two Temples


  

Kevin Mahogany has proved to be the quintessential jazz vocalist. With eleven CD's as a leader and quite a few as a sideman, he has been described by the Newsweek as "the standout jazz vocalist of his generation". His style is unmistakable, elegant and supple. The 2010 tour is a tribute to John Coltrane. The quintet includes Tony Lakatos (tenor saxophone) – Thomas Ruckert (piano) – Henning A. Gailing (Bass) – Sangoma Everett (Drums)

Odean Pope is the winner of "Best Tenor Saxophone Player" at the North Sea Jazz Festival. He is considered the Philadelphia's founding father of jazz saxophone, composer, arranger and educator. In 1977, Odean founded a saxophone choir formatted with nine saxophones. The choir reaches a stunning intensity and was described "harmonically engorged". Worked and recorded with the great Max Roach for over 20 years Odean's notable musical collaborations include: John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Morgan, McCoy Tyner and many others. Odean Pope will perform at Baalbek with his All Star Group "Odean's list": Eddie Henderson (trumpet), David Weiss (trumpet), Terrence R. Brown (tenor saxophone), Joseph Sudler (baritone sax), George Burton (piano), Lee Smith (bass), Jeff "Tain" Watts (drums) and special guest star James Carter (tenor saxophone).




Saturday July 17
ORKIESTRA SINFONIETTA CRACOVIA
DIRECTED BY PENDERECKI
CELEBRATING CHOPIN'S BICENTENARY
The Courtyard of the Two Temples


The Orkiestra Sinfonietta Cracovia ranks among the leading Polish and European orchestras. The 68 musicians performing on stage will be conducted by the great composer Maestro Krzysztof Penderecki who was granted in 1960 a trophy from European countries for his avant-garde composition Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima for string orchestra. This success was followed by acclaim for his choral St. Luke Passion that was later played in Baalbek in 1971. He has also won prestigious awards including Grammy Awards in 1987,1998 and 2001, as well as the Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition in 1992.

In commemoration of Chopin's bicentenary birthday and for a unique night, Maestro Penderecki will be accompanied by piano soloist Krzysztof Jablonski and cello soloist Rafal Kwiatkowski. The program will feature:

  • Beethoven: Egmont overture
  • Penderecki: Viola concerto transcribed for cello with cello soloist Rafal Kwiatkowski
  • Chopin: Piano concerto no 1 in E minor op. 11 with piano soloist Krzysztof Jablonski




Saturday July 24
BORIS EIFMAN BALLET THEATRE OF SAINT-PETERSBURGA BALLET PERFORMANCE OF "ANNA KARENINA"
The Courtyard of the Two Temples


Noted by the New York Times as today’s “Most Successful Russian Choreographer”, Boris Eifman is one of the major figures in modern ballet. After having garnered significant awards and performed at the most prestigious theatres in the world (Marinsky Theatre, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, New York City Center,…), Boris Eifman Ballet Theatre will present at Baalbeck stage Anna Karenina featuring 56 exceptional dancers who will give an outstanding performance on Piotr Tchaikowsky's music. 



Saturday  July 31
NASEER SHAMMA
WITH THE ARAB OUD ORCHESTRA (30 musicians)
The Courtyard of the Two Temples


Naseer Shamma is today one of the most esteemed and prolific oud musicians. Since he started his professional career, he has been composing his own music, giving concerts in various parts of the world and winning a number of international awards and prizes. He is the only musician to have constructed an eight-string oud or lute following the manuscript of the famous 9th century music theorist Al-Farabi. Naseer Shamma will perform at the Baalbeck International Festival with the House of Oud Orchestra (30 musicians) for one unforgettable night.



Thursday 5, Friday 6 & Saturday August 7
TOO MUCH LOVE … KILLS 
A MUSICAL BY MELHEM BARAKAT & GHASSAN RAHBANI
The Courtyard of the Two Temples


Music proved to be the soul of life and the language of people. This musical concentrates on the conflict between Eastern and Western music.
So where does the problem lie and is there a solution?
The main plot, music csomposition, and main roles are by Melhem Barakat and Ghassan Rahbani.Script, direction, and production by Ghassan Rahbani
Ranya El Hajj with the collaboration of Pierre Chamoun will be on stage accompanied by 100 artists; actors dancers and back ups.…A rich, colorful and joyful Lebanese musical …

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