Tuesday 12 February at 8.30pm

PRIMA SERATA

SANJA ROMIĆ, oboe
BENJAMIN BAKER, violin
MIRIAM PRANDI, cello
MAXIM NOVIKOV, viola
AL BUSTAN FESTIVAL ACADEMY ORCHESTRA
GIANLUCA MARCIANÒ, conductor

For its 26th edition, the Al Bustan Festival takes off with a beautiful array of music inspired from Italy.
The oboe, violin, cello and viola will take center stage, along with the Al Bustan Festival Academy Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Gianluca Marcianò.
The Al Bustan Festival Academy Orchestra proudly performs for the first time in Lebanon. The Orchestra has been passionately coached by leading soloists, also performing on this opening night.

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Saturday 16 February at 8.30pm

SINFONIA ITALIANA

ANNA TIFU, violin
AL BUSTAN FESTIVAL ACADEMY ORCHESTRA
GIANLUCA MARCIANÒ, conductor

When writing the Sinfonia Italiana, Mendelssohn was traveling around Italy and got inspired by its splendour.
This violin concerto is one of Mendelssohn’s most popular compositions and will be played by the brilliant Italian violinist, Anna Tifu.
Join in the enchantment.

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Monday 18 February at 7.00pm
SURSOCK MUSEUM

VIVALDI - MUCH MORE THAN THE FOUR SEASONS

SUSAN ORLANDO, lecturer

Susan Orlando has participated in numerous documentaries on Vivaldi and been hosted on television and radio in Europe and the US .
In 2011 she co-produced a Vivaldi festival at the Château de Versailles.
Her articles on Vivaldi have been published in The New York Times, Le Monde, La Stampa, BBC Music Magazine, Gramophone and Opera Now.

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Wednesday 20 February at 8.30pm

LA DOLCE VITA

MARIO STEFANO PIETRODARCHI, bandoneon
AL BUSTAN FESTIVAL ACADEMY ORCHESTRA
GIANLUCA MARCIANÒ, conductor

What a “dolce” evening it will be! Let yourself be carried away by the music of the unforgettable and iconic Italian movies like La Dolce Vita, La Strada, Il Padrino, Otto e Mezzo and much more.
One of the Festival’s cherished artists, Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi, is back to enthrall us with his bandoneon.

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Saturday 23 February at 8.30pm

PAGANINI VIOLIN CONCERTOS NOS. 2, 5, 4

GABRIELE PIERANUNZI, violin
YURY REVICH, violin
SERGEJ KRYLOV, violin
AL BUSTAN FESTIVAL ACADEMY ORCHESTRA
GIANLUCA MARCIANÒ, conductor

Three superb virtuosi will play three of the most commanding concertos composed by the master of the strings.
This is a rare opportunity to listen to these three concertos in one evening, and to the six concertos all together during this year’s festival. Each one of these outstanding violinists will bring a different flavour to his concerto, playing his own precious instrument.

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Sunday 24 February at 8.30pm

SUONI DI FRATELLANZA

WORLD YOUTH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
GIUSEPPE GIBBONI, violin
DAMIANO GIURANNA, conductor

The World Youth Chamber Orchestra has, with its young musicians, set itself a mission of exchanging ideas and interacting with local musicians.
The WYCO travels around the world, spreading a message of peace and joyfulness to countries with different cultures.
It was founded by Damiano Giuranna and has been appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. It is composed of students of Conservatoires and Music Academies from the five continents.
Dedicated to social and educational causes, Damiano Giuranna is a conductor as well as a composer.

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Sponsored by Fondazione Cultura e ArteIstituto Italiano Di Cultura

Monday 25 February at 8.30pm
SAINT-JOSEPH JESUIT CHURCH

STABAT MATER, PERGOLESI

DELPHINE GALOU, contralto
MONICA PICCININI, mezzo
ACCADEMIA BIZANTINA
ALESSANDRO TAMPIERI, violin/conductor

Accademia Bizantina, one of the most acclaimed period instrument ensembles, invites us to rethink Pergolesi’s most celebrated sacred work through a spellbinding interpretation.
Pergolesi composed the Stabat Mater during his final illness and finished it just before he passed.
The opening movement is one of the most touching duets ever composed.

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Wednesday 27 February at 8.30pm
SAINT ELIE CHURCH, KANTARI

VIVALDI, AGITATA E DIVINA

DELPHINE GALOU, contralto
ACCADEMIA BIZANTINA
ALESSANDRO TAMPIERI, violin/conductor

A second chance to listen to Delphine Galou and Accademia Bizantina who has been awarded the 2018 Gramophone Classical Music Award for the recording of Vivaldi’s Agitata.
The contralto Delphine Galou gives a recital of sacred arias from the 17th and 18th centuries, with music strongly influenced by opera arias in vogue at the time.
Alessandro Tampieri will conduct this remarkable early music ensemble and play Vivaldi’s concerto for Viola d’Amore, an enigmatic and elusive instrument.
Your mind will be taken over by the exotic charm of a journey from Istanbul to Venice.

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Friday 1 March at 8.30pm
SAINT JOHN- MARC, BYBLOS

MONTEVERDI IN SAN MARCO

ODHECATON ENSEMBLE
PAOLO DA COL, conductor

If you are looking for an exceptional experience, you will find entrancement in Monteverdi’s Venetian church music and the sublime voices of the Odhecaton Ensemble.
The Odhecaton is an Italian all male vocal Ensemble specialised in Renaissance and Baroque music.
It was founded in 1998 by Paolo Da Col and has won many international prizes.

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Sunday 3 March at 8.30pm

MOMENTO IMMOBILE

VENERA GIMADIEVA, soprano
SERBIAN NATIONAL THEATER ORCHESTRA OF NOVI SAD
GIANLUCA MARCIANÒ, conductor

Immerse yourself in Italian Bel Canto with one of the most sought after lyric coloratura sopranos today.
Venera Gimadieva’s operatic apperances have been great hits on both sides of the Atlantic as she excels at interpreting the roles of the bel canto heroines.
She will present the program of her latest CD, Momento Immobile.

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Tuesday 5 March at 8.30pm

PAGANINI VIOLIN CONCERTOS NOS. 6, 3, 1

ANASTASIYA PETRYSHAK, violin
KEVIN ZHU, violin
GIULIO PLOTINO, violin
SERBIAN NATIONAL THEATER ORCHESTRA OF NOVI SAD
GIANLUCA MARCIANÒ, conductor

Paganini left his mark as one of the pillars of modern violin technique.
He was the most celebrated violin virtuoso of his time and this is palpable when you hear his violin concertos.
Another three exceptional violinists will complete this best loved series of six violin concertos.
Kevin Zhu is only 17 and the First Prize winner of the 2018 Paganini competition.

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Thursday 7 March at 8.30pm

FORZA E DELICATEZZA

ERICA PICCOTTI, cello
VANESSA BENELLI MOSELL, piano
SERBIAN NATIONAL THEATER ORCHESTRA OF NOVI SAD
ENRICO FAGONE, conductor

You will love Dvořák’s cello concerto which has been called the greatest of all cello concertos, and Ravel’s delightful piano concerto, which is strongly influenced by Jazz.
“Powerful, emotional, romantic and dramatic, Vanessa Benelli Mosell sweeps us along in a dazzling display of assured technique.” – The Guardian
“Pre-Rafaelite beauty, a rare talent, Erica Piccotti is the child prodigy of cello.” – Il Messaggero

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Friday 8 March at 8.30pm

CAMARENA SINGS ROSSINI

JAVIER CAMARENA, tenor
ANGEL RODRIGUEZ, piano

The Mexican tenor Javier Camarena is the preeminent Mozart and Bel Canto specialist of his generation. Praised for his burnished tone, gleaming high notes, flawless coloratura, he regularly appears in leading roles at the world’s top opera houses.
After a thunderous ovation, the dazzling tenor was recently compelled for the second time to sing a rare encore at the Metropolitan Opera, where encores are simply not allowed. This honour has only been awarded so far to Luciano Pavarotti and Juan Diego Flórez.

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Saturday 9 March at 8.30pm

LA TRAVIATA ALL THE WAY

MARIA MUDRYAK, Violetta
VINCENZO COSTANZO, Alfredo
DAMIANO SALERNO, Germont
THE ANTONINE UNIVERSITY CHOIR
TOUFIC MAATOUK, o.a.m. assistant conductor
SERBIAN NATIONAL THEATER ORCHESTRA OF NOVI SAD
GIANLUCA MARCIANÒ, conductor

This immensely popular opera will be presented in concert form by an amazing cast, under the baton of Gianluca Marcianò.
The young rising soprano Maria Mudryak perfectly embodies Violetta who relinquishes her life as a courtesan in the name of her passion for Alfredo.
Their love is short-lived, as illness strikes and Alfredo’s father seeks to save his son from the arms of a woman whose reputation precedes her.

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Tuesday 12 March at 8.30pm

AN EVENING WITH KHATIA

KHATIA BUNIATISHVILI, piano

Khatia is one of the most hailed and applauded pianists today.
An artist of fire, a woman of charm, she is worldly renowned for her unique flamboyant style, her charisma and most of all her imposing technique.
Khatia will cast her spell on the Al Bustan stage once again. Prepare to be hypnotised by her magic.

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Wednesday 13 March at 8.30pm

BALLETTO DELLA SCALA

ACCADEMIA TEATRO ALLA SCALA DANCERS

Meet the ‘Etoiles’ of The Accademia Teatro alla Scala Ballet School.
These young dancers will perform excerpts from the classical and contemporary repertoires of illustrious choreographers like Marius Petipa, Roland Petit and others.
This Academy is a privileged ‘breeding ground’ for the Scala’s dance corps and for dancers of a high professional level.
A show in which you can witness the talent, passion and commitment of young dancers whose determination will mold them into the stars of tomorrow.

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Sponsored by AlfaRegione LombardiaItaly Expo 2020

Friday 15 March at 8.30pm

THE RISING STARS OF LA SCALA ACADEMY

ENKELEDA KAMANI, soprano
CHIARA TIROTTA, mezzo-soprano
CHUAN WANG, tenor
RAMIRO MATURANA, baritone
MICHELE D'ELIA, piano
ACCADEMIA TEATRO ALLA SCALA SINGERS

Discover the sparkling rising stars of the Academy of Lyric Opera of La Scala in a divine bel canto recital of all time favourite opera arias.
These young singers are at the beginning of a great international career.
You will very much enjoy witnessing the excellence of these ‘stars in the making’.

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Sunday 17 March at 8.30pm

A WELL SEASONED GRAND FINALE

ACCADEMIA TEATRO ALLA SCALA ORCHESTRA
FRANCESCO MANARA, violin/conductor

A magnificent double bill concert featuring Vivaldi’s most popular work that has changed the course of musical history, followed by Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, a set of four tango compositions.
What makes this Finale particularly wonderful is that it will be played by the Ensemble of the Accademia Teatro alla Scala, under the direction of Francesco Manara, first violin of the Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala.

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