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Al Bustan International Festival of Music will celebrate its 25th edition this year, with a program around Johann Sebastian Bach – the composer whose music, for many, embodies "Baroque music".Always held late in the winter season, the festival usually mixes chamber and choral music, opera and orchestral concerts.Al Bustan hopes to bring the essence of Bach to the festival, with the program featuring several ensembles that play original, period instruments and specializing in Bach's repertoire.Al Bustan opens with a less-traditional setting, offering an a cappella reading of Bach's music called "Jazz Sebastian Bach," with the renowned French vocal group the Swingle Singers.Other festival highlights include "Break-dancing Bach," a dance performance by four-time break-dancing world champions Flying Steps, who break to the strains of Bach.The festival also looks to include an Oriental music connection, with a show from Jasmine Toccata, which mixes Persian music with Bach, and an Arabic poetry night set to extracts from Bach's cello suites.The festival's finale concert will coincide with Bach's birthday, with a performance from the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, which will cover his best-known works, like the "Air" from the composer's "Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major".The festival hopes to offer something for all tastes, encompassing all of Bach's work and the best of those inspired by him.
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