Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Al Bustan Festival 2021 is suspended until further notice.


Tuesday 13 February 2018 at 8:30pm

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

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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Thursday 15 February 2018 at 8:30pm
SAINT-LOUIS DES CAPUCINS CHURCH, BEIRUT

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

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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Sunday 18 February 2018 at 8:30pm
SAINT-ELIE CHURCH, KANTARI

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

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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Monday 19 February 2018 at 8:30pm
SACRÉ-COEUR COLLEGE, GEMMAYZEH

TOCCATA AND FUGUE BWV565 AND MORE

THOMAS OSPITAL, organist

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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Wednesday 21 February 2018 at 8:30pm
SAINT-JOSEPH JESUIT CHURCH

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

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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Friday 23 February 2018 at 8:30pm

THE GOLDBERG VARIATIONS

MARTIN STADTFELD, piano

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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Sunday 25 February 2018 at 8:30pm

BREAKDANCING BACH

Red Bull Flying Bach

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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Monday 26 February 2018 at 8:30pm

THE BACH FAMILY AND HAYDN

STEVEN ISSERLIS, cello
LUCERNE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

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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Tuesday 27 February 2018 at 8:30pm

LUCERNE’S BACH PLAYLIST

STEVEN ISSERLIS, cello
MAGGIE COLE, harpsichord
LUCERNE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

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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Wednesday 28 February 2018 at 8:30pm

JASMIN TOCCATA INDIE CROSSOVER MUSIC

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

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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Thursday 1 March 2018 at 8:30pm
CRYSTAL GARDEN, Hotel Al Bustan

ARABIC POETRY EVENING WITH BACH

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

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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Saturday 3 March 2018 at 8:30pm

ALL BACH PIANO RECITAL

NATALIA MOROZOVA, piano

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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Monday 5 March 2018 at 8:30pm

GAUTIER’S FAVOURITES

GAUTIER CAPUÇON, cello
JÉRÔME DUCROS, piano

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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Thursday 8 March 2018 at 8:30pm
THE NATIONAL MUSEUM

THE EVEN BACH SUITES Nos. 2, 4, 6

ANTONIO MENESES, cello

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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Saturday 10 March 2018 at 7:00pm
MAR CHARBEL CHURCH, MAAD - BYBLOS

THE ODD BACH SUITES Nos. 1, 3, 5

VICTOR JULIEN-LAFERRIÈRE, cello

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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Sunday 11 March 2018 at 8:30pm
BEYT AMIR, CLEMENCEAU

BACH AT HOME

MAHAN ESFAHANI, harpsichord

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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Tuesday 13 March 2018 at 8:30pm
SAINT ELIE CHURCH, KANTARI

BACK TO BACH: CANTATAS AND SINFONIAS

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

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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Wednesday 14 March 2018 at 8pm
LA RÉSIDENCE DES PINS

BACH EN MARCHE

JOACHIM SON-FORGET, harpsichord

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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Thursday 15 March 2018 at 8:30pm
MAR CHARBEL CHURCH, CORNICHE MAZRAA, UNESCO

BACH AND VIVALDI

ACCADEMIA BIZANTINA BAROQUE ORCHESTRA
OTTAVIO DANTONE, harpsichord / conductor

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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Saturday 17 March 2018 at 8:30pm

BACH PLUCKED UNPLUCKED

EDOUARD FERLET, piano
VIOLAINE COCHARD, harpsichord

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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Monday 19 March 2018 at 8:30pm

ALL-TIME FAVORITE BACH VIOLIN CONCERTOS

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

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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Tuesday 20 March 2018 at 8:30pm

INNOVATIVE RYTHMS - New Piano Trio

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

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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Wednesday 21 March 2018 at 8:30pm

BACH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

LITHUANIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
GIANLUCA MARCIANÒ, conductor

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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