DEC 13 / 8:00 PM

Notre Dame University Choir

Founded in 1993, Notre Dame University Choir has built an expansive repertoire and presented more than 300 concerts around the world. The choir is formed of a number of professionals as well as students of the School of Music. The NDU Choir won the Gold Medal and the Audience’s First Prize – Adult Category – in the Third International Choirs Competition held in Laval, Quebec 2007.

Notable appearances

International Loreto Festival, Baalbeck International Festival, Pantheon and Santa Maria Maggiore (Roma); Al-Bustan International Festival; Mondial Choral Loto Québec; Beirut Chants International Festival; Beiteddine International Festival; Al Arz International Festival; Carnegie Hall; Oblia in Canto.

Notable repertoire

Haydn’s Missa In Tempore Belli (Paukenmass); Mozart’s Vesperæ solennes de Confessore and Te Deum Laudamus; Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Petite Messe Solenelle and Messa di Gloria; Beethoven’s Choral Fanthasy, Symphony N. 9 and Great Mass in C; Bellini’s Norma; Verdi’s Messa di Requiem; Shubert’s Mass in G Major; Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem; Puccini’s Messa di Gloria; Miserachs’ Beata Virgo Maria; Peña’s Requiem Flamenco;

Hakim’s Saul of Tarsus and Gloria; Rahbani’s Socrates and The Maronite Mass; Khalifeh’s Muwaššħāt; Rahmeh’s The Maronites and the Glory of Lebanon and Paulus; Multaka’s The Song Of Songs; Kanaan’s Fakreddīn Attānī Alkabīr.

Discography

Majdan nuhdi (2000); The Maronite Requiem (2002); Concert of the inauguration of the Monastery of St. Anthony – Rome (2003); Ossa zghiri whobb kbir (2003); Jras lfarha (2004); Oratorio of Father Yacoub the Capucin (2004); Saint upon Saint (2005); Your prayer with us (2006); Ana Maakom (2006); Maryam fi masirat sha’bi llah (2007); The Maronites and the Glory of Lebanon (2011); Saint Paul, the Apostle of Nations (2011); The Holy Rosary (2013).

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Khalil Rahmeh, (o.m.m)

Composer, founder and director of the Notre Dame Univeristy Choir.  Born in Bcharre, Lebanon in 1962, he was ordained priest of the Maronite Mariamite Order in 1987.

At the Pontifical University of “Laterano” in Rome, he studied philosophy and theology. He furthured his musical studies at “T.L. La Victoria” school of music and “Santa Cecilia” conservatory. He pursued composition studies with Maestro Valentino Miserachs.

Founder and director of the School of Music at Notre Dame University – Louaize since 1992. Founder and director of the Notre Dame University Choir since 1993. He teaches musical theory, notation, and choir singing at the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music.

He wrote many religious chants and hymns for various occasions as well as the Children Mass; oratori such as Father Yacoub Al kabbuši, St. Paul the Apostle of Nations, The Maronites and the glory of Lebanon; staged works like Ana Maakom, Mariamu fi Masirati Shaabi Llah, He Looked at Him and He Loved Him; as well as film music: Close To Heaven and l’Éspoir.

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Concert Program

1. Overture | John Rutter

2. Noël | John Rutter

3. Messe brève | Léo Délibes

4. Star Carol | John Rutter

5. In Dulci Jubilo | Arranged by  John Rutter

6. Silent Night | Arranged by  John Rutter

7. Quelle est cette odeur agréable | Arranged by John Rutter

8. Mary’s Lullaby | John Rutter

9. The colors of Christmas | John Rutter

10. O Holy Night | Adolph Adam, arranged by John Rutter

11. Joy to the world | Arranged by John Rutter