JSB FOR JAZZ SEBASTIAN BACH

JOANNA GOLDSMITH-ETESON, soprano, SARA DAVEY, soprano, ELIZABETH SWAIN, alto, OLIVER GRIFFITHS, tenor, JON SMITH, tenor, KEVIN FOX, baritone, EDWARD RANDELL, bass

Tuesday, 13 February at 8:30pm

JSB stands for... Jazz Sebastian Bach! Johann Sebastian would definitely be a fan of this worldwide admired a cappella ensemble that gives a contemporary touch to his music. The celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Al Bustan Festival begins with the swinging rythms and the joyful singing of ‘The Swingles’!

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MAGNIFICAT, BACH

GEMMA SUMMERFIELD, soprano, ANNA HARVEY, mezzo soprano, NICHOLAS MULROY, tenor, MATTHEW BROOK, bass-baritone, LEMBIT ORGSE, harpsichord, COLLEGIUM MUSICALE CHOIR, CORELLI BAROQUE ORCHESTRA, GIANLUCA MARCIANÒ, conductor

Thursday, 15 February at 8:30pm
Venue: SAINT-LOUIS DES CAPUCINS CHURCH, BEIRUT

The young Mary has just received the Annunciation and decided to travel to her cousin Elisabeth to share her inner joy. The genius of Bach gives voice to the young Virgin Mary and transforms the Annunciation, one of the most poetical and powerful events of the New Testament, into an emotional and glorious music.

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SAINT JOHN PASSION

GEMMA SUMMERFIELD, soprano, ANNA HARVEY, mezzo soprano, NICHOLAS MULROY, tenor, MATTHEW BROOK, bass-baritone, COLLEGIUM MUSICALE CHOIR, CORELLI BAROQUE ORCHESTRA, GIANLUCA MARCIANÒ, conductor

Sunday, 18 February at 8:30pm
Venue: SAINT-ELIE CHURCH, KANTARI

Bach originally wrote five Passions, three of those are lost forever, but the St John Passion survives in all its glory. It is definitely a masterpiece of musical beauty.

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TOCCATA AND FUGUE BWV565 AND MORE

THOMAS OSPITAL, organist

Monday, 19 February at 8:30pm
Venue: SACRÉ-COEUR COLLEGE, GEMMAYZEH

The Toccata and Fugue in D minor is a well known organ tune of Bach, played in Walt Disney’s Fantasia, Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, Scorsese’s Aviator… Thomas Ospital is the newly appointed organist in residence at the Maison de la Radio (Radio France) and the titular organist at the Saint Eustache Church in Paris.

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MISSA IN B MINOR, BACH

GEMMA SUMMERFIELD, soprano, FFLUR WYN, soprano, ANNA HARVEY, mezzo soprano, NICHOLAS PRITCHARD, tenor, MATTHEW BROOK, bass-baritone, COLLEGIUM MUSICALE CHOIR, CORELLI BAROQUE ORCHESTRA, GIANLUCA MARCIANÒ, conductor

Wednesday, 21 February at 8:30pm
Venue: SAINT-JOSEPH JESUIT CHURCH

Referred as “A milestone in the History of Music”, by the UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme. Conceived over a period of more than 20 years, the Missa in B minor was completed a year before Bach’s death in 1750.

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THE GOLDBERG VARIATIONS

MARTIN STADTFELD, piano

Friday, 23 February at 8:30pm

Laureate of the International Bach Competition of Leipzig and Sony Classical Artists, Martin Stadtfeld plays The Goldberg Variations, one of the most demanding keyboard pieces. The Goldberg Variations is a key piece in Bach’s repertoire for piano. You will love this beautiful composition where the main aria returns in 30 variations.

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BREAKDANCING BACH

Red Bull Flying Bach

Sunday, 25 February at 8:30pm

In a perfect match of different cultures, the four time Breakdance World Champions Flying Steps turns the classical music world upside down. This one of a kind innovative adaptation of JS Bach’s “well-tempered clavier”, breaks down the barriers between high and urban culture. Step by step, with piano, harpsichord, electronic beats, head spins, power moves and a love story of its own, Flying Steps breaks the law of gravity and overcomes the borders of imagination.

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THE BACH FAMILY AND HAYDN

STEVEN ISSERLIS, cello, LUCERNE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Monday, 26 February at 8:30pm

The Bach family counted so many generations of composers that the name “Bach” became a synonym of musician in Germany. The celebrated world renowned cellist Steven Isserlis and the distinguished Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Switzerland’s oldest symphony orchestra, take us on a memorable journey from Baroque to Classicism.

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LUCERNE’S BACH PLAYLIST

STEVEN ISSERLIS, cello, MAGGIE COLE, harpsichord, LUCERNE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Tuesday, 27 February at 8:30pm

The second “rendez-vous” with these prestigious guests is an all JS Bach evening. The refined harpsichordist Maggie Cole interprets with Steven Isserlis the Cello Sonata No. 2, portraying Bach at his best. The Brandenburg Concerto, one of Bach’s most popular pieces, is played by Britain’s greatest cellist, Steven Isserlis.

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JASMIN TOCCATA INDIE CROSSOVER MUSIC

JEAN RONDEAU, harpsichord, THOMAS DUFORD, lute, KEYVAN CHEMIRANI, zarb/santou

Wednesday, 28 February at 8:30pm

Three highly talented musicians combine European Baroque with traditional Persian music and produce an inspiring fusion of different cultures. The Washington Post declared Jean Rondeau “One of the most natural performers one is likely to hear on a classical music stage these days… a master of his instrument”.

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ARABIC POETRY EVENING WITH BACH

MIREILLE MAALOUF, actress, RIFAAT TORBEY, actor, ROMAN STOROJENKO, cello

Thursday, 1 March at 8:30pm
Venue: CRYSTAL GARDEN, Hotel Al Bustan

Two masters of Lebanese theatre, Mireille Maalouf and Rifaat Torbey meet for an evening honouring Arab poets such as Gebran Khalil Gebran, Said Akl, Mahmoud Darwish and many others… They are accompanied by Roman Storojenko, first cellist of the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra who will play extracts of Bach’s cello suites.

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ALL BACH PIANO RECITAL

NATALIA MOROZOVA, piano

Saturday, 3 March at 8:30pm

Natalia Morozova was born in Moscow, where she began her piano studies at the age of six. She has won several international prizes such as the Nikolai Rubenstein Competition in Moscow in 1997 and the Taneyev International Chamber Music Competition in Kaluga, Russia. Chamber music partners include Renaud Capuçon, Yuri Bashmet, Julian Rachlin and Gautier Capuçon, amongst others. Her performance promises to be full of charm and sensitivity.

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GAUTIER’S FAVOURITES

GAUTIER CAPUÇON, cello, JÉRÔME DUCROS, piano

Monday, 5 March at 8:30pm

Gautier Capuçon is recognised all over the world as one of the most charismatic, enchanting and exuberant cellists performing today. For his third appearance at the Al Bustan Festival, and playing for the second time with Jérôme Ducros, Gautier pays tribute to Bach with the third Sonata and interprets pieces for cello, by Dvořák, Tchaikovsky, Fauré, Grieg and Piazzolla.

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THE EVEN BACH SUITES Nos. 2, 4, 6

ANTONIO MENESES, cello

Thursday, 8 March at 8:30pm
Venue: THE NATIONAL MUSEUM

Gold Prize winner of the 1982 Tchaikovsky Cello Competition in Moscow, Antonio Meneses is one of the most outstanding world cellists. His third performance at the Al Bustan Festival is a unique opportunity to enjoy listening to the beautiful Bach Cello Suites in the unique setting of the National Museum.

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THE ODD BACH SUITES Nos. 1, 3, 5

VICTOR JULIEN-LAFERRIÈRE, cello

Saturday, 10 March at 7:00pm
Venue: MAR CHARBEL CHURCH, MAAD - BYBLOS

Victor Julien-Laferrière returns to the Festival for the third time, as the first prize winner of the prestigious 2017 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. He performs three Bach Suites in the medieval church of Saint Charbel in Maad, Byblos. This evening promises to be enchanting and memorable.

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BACH AT HOME

MAHAN ESFAHANI, harpsichord

Sunday, 11 March at 8:30pm
Venue: BEYT AMIR, CLEMENCEAU

Today’s most thrilling harpsichordist, Mahan Esfahani has been described by the New York Times as “being exhaustively brilliant”. “He is unquestionably a player of great technical brilliance and musical intelligence, and there is always the sense of that pioneering zeal in the way he plays the baroque repertoire too”, The Guardian. The recital takes place at Beyt Amir, a most charming Lebanese house, and is followed by a cocktail reception.

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BACK TO BACH: CANTATAS AND SINFONIAS

ANDREAS SCHOLL, countertenor, ACCADEMIA BIZANTINA, OTTAVIO DANTONE, organ/conductor

Tuesday, 13 March at 8:30pm
Venue: SAINT ELIE CHURCH, KANTARI

The sublime voice of Andreas Scholl accompanies the highly reputed Accademia Bizantina from Ravenna, to play an exceptional selection of Bach Cantatas.

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BACH EN MARCHE

JOACHIM SON-FORGET, harpsichord

Wednesday, 14 March at 8pm
Venue: LA RÉSIDENCE DES PINS

Joachim Son-Forget is a 34 year old member of the French National Assembly from the movement La République en Marche!, representing the French citizens overseas in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. He is also a medical doctor specialised in radiology, he holds a PhD in cognitive neuroscience, and happens to have an immense passion for playing the harpsichord. This distinguished musician will play the music of composers before, after, and around Bach, whilst interacting with the audience and unfolding his musical choice.

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BACH AND VIVALDI

ACCADEMIA BIZANTINA BAROQUE ORCHESTRA, OTTAVIO DANTONE, harpsichord / conductor

Thursday, 15 March at 8:30pm
Venue: MAR CHARBEL CHURCH, CORNICHE MAZRAA, UNESCO

Bach and Vivaldi never met, but when Bach moved to Weimar, Germany in 1708, Vivaldi’s music was very popular. Bach was very interested in Vivaldi’s Italian style and transcribed many of his compositions. This is a great opportunity to listen to the works of these two composers played by the Accademia Bizantina, one of the best known baroque music ensembles in the world, directed by Ottavio Dantone. Dantone conducted many of today’s great orchestras, including the Berlin Staatskapelle, the Orchestre National de France, the Philharmonic Orchestra of La Scala in Milan and the Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome.

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BACH PLUCKED UNPLUCKED

EDOUARD FERLET, piano, VIOLAINE COCHARD, harpsichord

Saturday, 17 March at 8:30pm

Edouard Ferlet is a Jazz pianist who defines himself as unpredictable and unclassifiable. He “plays with Bach rather than plays Bach”, Telerama. Violaine Cochard is one of the finest ambassadresses of the harpsichord and also a great lover of Bach. Side by side, the two musicians carry on a dialogue about Bach’s music, between original text and improvisations, with struck strings and plucked strings. In the second part of the concert, the piano and the harpsichord will rock the stage together!

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ALL-TIME FAVORITE BACH VIOLIN CONCERTOS

SERGEI KRYLOV, violin/conductor, LANA TROTOVŠEK, violin, LITHUANIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

Monday, 19 March at 8:30pm

The Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra has a glorious 50 year history and ranks amongst the most masterly orchestras of the world. Based in Vilnius, it is said to have “a special affinity for the works of Bach and Mozart”. It is a privilege to have Maestro Sergei Krylov, the artistic director of the orchestra, both conducting and playing the Bach violin concertos. The highlight of the concert is the double violin concerto, featuring the radiant violinist Lana Trotovšek.

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INNOVATIVE RYTHMS - New Piano Trio

FLORIAN WILLEITNER, violin, MARIA RADUTU, piano, IVAN TURKALJ, cello

Tuesday, 20 March at 8:30pm

Three fearless musicians perform original compositions inspired by various musical styles. This rare musical language combines classical virtuosity with cool and innovative rythms, breaking musical boundaries. They electrify the audience with their unique sound and thrilling performance.

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BACH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

LITHUANIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, GIANLUCA MARCIANÒ, conductor

Wednesday, 21 March at 8:30pm

A great Finale that coincides with Bach’s birthday. We will celebrate all together with the most beautiful and magnificent works that Bach ever composed for the Orchestra.

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