Al Bus­tan Fes­ti­val

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17 Feb – 22 Mar

The in­ter­na­tional fes­ti­val of mu­sic and the per­form­ing arts, Al Bus­tan con­tin­ues its tra­di­tion of cul­ture in the win­ter sea­son. Emile-bus­tani au­di­to­rium, Al Bus­tan Ho­tel, Beit Mery un­less oth­er­wise stated. 04 9728980, al­bus­tan­fes­ti­


Su­per stars and su­per mu­sic (Tue 17) An all star line up play­ing the greats of clas­si­cal mu­sic in­clud­ing Beethoven’s con­certo for pi­ano, vi­o­lin and cello, Saint Saens: In­tro­duc­tion and Rondo Capric­cioso, Sarasate: Gypsy airs and Bizet/sarasate Car­men Fan­tasy. Mu­si­cians in­clude Oliver Poole on pi­ano, Ana Tifu on vi­o­lin, Lizi Ra­mashvili on cello, Nikita Zimin on sax­o­phone and the Le­banese Phil­har­monic Orches­tra con­ducted by Gian­luca Mar­ciano. Su­per stars and su­per mu­sic ( Thu 19) The same pro­gram as Tue 17 but with a sur­prise. In­spi­ra­tion and Cre­ativ­ity (Sat 21) Bri­tish pi­anist Oliver Poole plays Schu­mann, Rach­mani­nov, Stravin­sky and his own live im­pro­vi­sa­tions. In­spi­ra­tion (Mon 23) An lec­ture from am­bas­sador Miguel An­gel Estrella. Mu­sic At The Mu­seum (Tue 24) A duo made up of cel­list Alexander Bu­zlov and pi­anist Veronika Ilin­skaya do Schu­bert Sonata in A mi­nor D821, Beethoven Sonata No.3 in A ma­jor, Op.69 and Brahms sonata No.1 in E mi­nor, Op. 38. The Na­tional Mu­seum Bellini’s Norma (Thu 26, Sat 28) An opera in con­cert per­for­mance with one of Bellini’s greats. Gian­luca Mar­ciano


An Ori­en­tal Night (Sun 1) The mu­sic of Ziad Ah­madieh. Kha­tia is back! (Wed 4) The award-win­ning Ge­or­gian pi­anist Kha­tia Bu­ni­atishvili and the State Youth Orches­tra of Ar­me­nia (SYOA) do Tchaikovsky, con­ducted by Gian­luca Mar­ciano. One pi­ano, two girls, four hands (Fri 6) Two pi­anists Kha­tia Bu­ni­atishvili and Gvantsa Bu­ni­atishvili dou­ble up to play Mozart, Schu­bert, Brahms and more. Pas­sion and ge­nius (Sat 7) Vi­o­lin­ist Ara­bella Stein­bacher is joined by the State Youth Orches­tra of Ar­me­nia (SYOA) to play Mozart and Beethoven. Mu­sic of two cul­tures (Sun 8) The Ac­cen­tus Aus­tria Early Mu­sic En­sem­ble. As­sem­bly Hall The bril­liance of the Two Sergeis (Tue 10) The Two Sergei’s, vi­o­lin­ist Krilove and con­duc­tor Sm­bat­yan join forces be­tween the State Youth Orches­tra of Ar­me­nia (SYOA) The Arthur Satyan Acous­tic En­sem­ble (Thu 12) Renowned Ar­me­nian jazz or­gan­ist Arthur Satyan per­forms fea­tur­ing Avo Tu­tun­jian on alto sax­o­phone, Khatchadour Savzyan on con­tra­bass and Paolo Or­landi on drums. Crys­tal Gar­den Re­mem­ber­ing Sinatra the Blue Eyes Singer (Fri 13) Swing leg­end Frank Sinatra re­mem­bered with a fes­tive choir. A Sen­su­ous Voice (Sat 14) Late night jazz from the Marly Mar­ques Quin­tet. Crys­tal Gar­den La Mome de Paris, a trib­ute to Edith Piaf (Sun 15) A trib­ute to the French diva Edith Piaf with Richard Gal­liano on ac­cor­dion and Syl­vain Luc, acous­tic gui­tar. Saint Joseph Je­suit Church Heav­enly In­spi­ra­tion (Tue 17) Beethoven Mass in C Ma­jor with so­prano Valentina Far­cas and mezzo so­prano, Eva Vo­gel, tenor Mark Mil­hofer, bass David Ship­ley and The World Orches­tra, con­ducted by Gian­luca Mar­ciano. Mario Fran­goulis (Thu 19) Greek tenor Mario Fran­goulis sings The­o­ro­dakis. Late night in a Greek Tav­erna (Fri 20) Tra­di­tional Greek Mu­sic. Ain El Khasfe Mu­sic in­spired by An­cient Greece (Sat 21) A con­cert from pi­anist Paolo Res­tani and The World Orches­tra con­ducted by Gian­luca Mar­ciano. La Div­ina, a trib­ute to Maria Cal­las (Sun 22) Re­mem­ber­ing Maria Cal­las with 12 of her favourite opera arias.

Photo cour­tesy of Roland Ragi

Photo cour­tesy of Roland Ragi

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