The Baalbeck International Festival committee, chaired by Nayla de Freige, held its press conference at the ministry of culture on 11 May.
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Before the event begins in earnest, however, BIF will hold a festival fundraising event at Casino du Liban, where Paris-based Lebanese trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf and his band Kalthoum will hold a concert on 15 May. Otherwise, it appears all festival performances will be staged amid the ruins of old Heliopolis. On Aug. 19, vocalist Abeer Nehme will take the Baalbek audience on the festival's second historical roadshow with her concert "Al-Mutanabbi ... Mousafiran Abadan".The program also includes Armenian hymns, echoes of Moroccan Sufi tunes, Lebanese music, Sardinian song and Egyptian melodies.This very special concert features the talents of opera baritone Jose Van Dam, bass player Jean-Louis Rassinfosse and pianist Jean-Philippe Collard-Neven, all conspiring in a unique tribute to the Argentine legend Carlos Gardel.
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