Five Things in Common Between Beethoven and Lebanon

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While enjoying the 27th edition of the Al Bustan International Festival (Feb. 18-March 22, 2020), which features a series of concerts and performances celebrating the music and life of composer Ludwig Van Beethoven, we could not help but notice some similarities between Beethoven’s tumultuous, challenging life and our beloved Lebanon. It is no secret Beethoven […]

Heartbeat: Doctors Moonlighting as Musicians to Save Lives

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Interviewed by: Patricia Bitar Cherfan, Editor-in-Chief One in a hundred babies is born with a heart defect. That amounts to 600 cases per year in Lebanon. Most of these children can be saved. An outstanding 95 percent can go on to lead normal lives, if they receive proper treatment, and if they can pay for […]

The Dream of Coming HOME

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Marta Haddad’s dream of coming HOME remained unfulfilled. With only a bag full of courage, hope and love Marta Haddad boarded a boat in Beirut , making a long and perilous voyage to France and then onwards to her final destination, New York. The trip to America was a complicated aspiration for a young woman […]

BIPOD a Contemporary Art Form

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The 12th edition of BIPOD gathered artists from around the world who gave spectacular performances at the Madina Theatre. Dance as Robert Frost would say is the vertical expression of a horizontal desire. It is a moment of creativity where music acts as the catalyst for bodily liberation in which you can express feelings and […]

LIVE MUSIC IS THRIVING IN LEBANON

a band with 3 guys holding their guitars and a girl in the middle standing behind a microphone with her hand over her curly hair and the head of people looking at them

  In Mar Mikhael the streets are teeming with cars either double parked or honking, as the drivers try to fit through the tight lanes around Armenia Street while barely avoiding the people walking by on the overcrowded sidewalks in this charismatic Beirut neighborhood. Between the pubs and restaurants blasting pop songs or acoustic musicians […]

Jana Semaan:The Lebanese Cellist in Germany

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“For us musicians, being a musician is not a job, it is a way of life,” says Jana Semaan. To be a musician, you must have passion, determination and the courage to fight for your  melodies to touch the hearts of everyone and most importantly you must have the talent. And because Jana Semaan, the cellist, owns […]