Anadolu Agency/Bilal Jawich
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"It was my first kiss," confessed Marcel Khalife of his hometown.Khalife met the press at Byblos sur Mer Hotel Monday morning, where he spoke about his upcoming Thursday evening performance as part of the Byblos International Festival.In 1976, Khalife founded Al-Mayadine Ensemble, the maqam group that will accompany his show at Byblos.Bandeonist and accordionist Julien Labro will mingle Khalife's popular maqam melodies with tango rhythms.Blending Latino instrumentation, orchestral arrangement and classically trained vocalists, the show promises to make for an amazing evening.Khalife and Al-Mayadine will be accompanied by 80 musicians from the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Harout Fazlian, and a 60-strong chorus. Marcel Khalife will play at Byblos International Festival Thursday.
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