Al Bustan Festival 2016 Opening - Midsummer Night’s Dream

Feb 16th and 18th

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Fiona Hymns - Soprano - Fiona won a scholarship to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama after gaining a 1st Class honours degree in music at Birmingham Conservatoire. She has been the subject of a BBC documentary and has studied with Marie McLaughlin. She has performed Verdi arias with The Oxford Philomusica under Marios Papadopoulos and has worked regularly with Darrell Davison and his countless orchestras in the South East. More recently, Fiona returned to her native Suffolk to sing two performances of Britten’s War Requiem in Bury St Edmunds Cathedral.

Sophie GoldrickMezzo soprano - Sophie was born in London, but grew up in sunny Sydney, Australia.
Sophie has been trained in both acting and singing and holds a Bachelor of Performance (Acting) and the Dean’s Medal for First Place from Theatre Nepean at the University of Western Sydney and a Masters of Music with Distinction from the Royal Northern College of Music, where she studied with Mary Plazas.
In performance her experience spans plays, opera, oratorio and recital as well as the odd Top of the Pops appearance as a member of the well-known St Winifred’s School Choir.

Antonine University Choir - Women section - The Antonine University Choir belongs to the Higher Institute of Music at Antonine University. Being faithful to the monastic tradition of the Antonine Maronite Order, the choir has contributed since the eighties in the cultural enrichment of the Lebanese musical life by its repertory focusing on the Antonine musical tradition.
Its repertory is also rich in classical and contemporary music. The Antonine University Choir has performed concerts and has done tours in Rome, Milan, Nice, Lyon, Monaco, St. Etienne, Doha, Dubai Al Aïn United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Bahrain, Cyprus, Tbilisi, Paris, New york, Los Angeles etc.…

The Al Bustan Festival Orchestra - "It has been always my dream to form an orchestra for Al Bustan Festival, following the example of other famous international music festivals in Europe like Verbier.
This year, after one of our invited orchestra pulled out due to the sadly usual fear about the political situation and the war in Syria, I decided to make it happen.
I thought it would be the best way to answer to all those people who are afraid to come and to show that Lebanon is a beautiful country, with amazing cultural traditions and happenings. Al Bustan Festival is one of the best examples of it, since more than 20 years!
Thanks to social medias and a large network of colleagues in the music world, i was able, with the help of my friend Maxim Novikov (an internationally acclaimed violist), to put together a beautiful group of musicians who are coming from all around the world with the will of making music together and bring a message of peace through exciting performances.
I was surprised to see that just few days after my announcement on a Facebook group, a symphonic orchestra was born. The Al Bustan Festival Orchestra is now real, not just my dream!
More than 20 countries are represented and i can say that this is just the beginning! May the music be the answer! ". Gianluca Marcianò artistic director and Conductor of the Al Bustan Festival.

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