DEC 14 / 8:00 PM

dec-14

THE BEIRUT YOUTH CHOIR & JEUNESSES MUSICALES

Marc Reaidy, Tenor
Yasmina Sabbah, conductor

The Beirut Youth Choir

 

The Beirut Youth Choir is an ensemble of talented young singers. Founded by Yasmina Sabbah in 2011, the choir was initially known as the Lycée Abdel-Kader Vocal Ensemble. In 2013, the ensemble opened its doors and started recruiting new advanced singers from different high schools such as Lycée Verdun, International College, St. Joseph, and others. Today the choir includes students from middle school to high school, university students, young music lovers and professionals. The choir has participated in several festivals such as the “AMIS Honor Choir Festival”, and the “Rencontre autour de la chanson Francophone” (where the group was amongst the winners for two consecutive years).

The Beirut Youth Choir performs a wide repertoire ranging from Renaissance to Contemporary choral music, with a strong focus on early music.

 

Les Jeunesses Musicales du Liban

 

In February 26 1956, the JML was founded by a group of music lovers to promote music in Lebanon, especially among the youth.

Different committees have managed to keep the JML active, even during the Civil War, due to the continuous efforts of Antoine Medawar who was its President for many years.

In order to officially and legally re-launch the Jeunesses Musicales du Liban, a new founding Board was formed in 2005. A new orchestra was formed and gave its first concert in May 2012.

The Orchestra of JML brings together professional musicians – mostly professors at the National Conservatory of Music of Lebanon – and amateurs. This structure helps young instrumentalists integrate into the music scene by providing them with a challenging and nurturing performing experience. On top of promoting talented students and paving their way into the professional scene, this orchestra also allows international artists to perform in Lebanon.

Although the primary goal is to spread classical music through concerts, musical events, lectures, musical theatre, and initiation in schools etc, the JML also explores jazz, gospel, folk music and other musical styles.

 

Yasmina Sabbah, Conductor

 

Born and raised in Beirut in 1988, Yasmina Sabbah has been singing in choirs since the age of 7. Her early passion for music led her to pursue lessons in Piano, Flute and, later on, voice. In tandem with her undergraduate studies in Graphic Design, she started directing her first children’s choir at Lycée Abdel-Kader at the age of 19, paving the way for her to found the school’s music program. After completing her Masters of Music in Choral Studies from the University of Cambridge in 2013, Yasmina Sabbah currently directs different choirs including the Université Saint-Joseph choir and the National Conservatory’s Children Choir. In parallel to her conducting carrier, she is a music instructor at the American University of Beirut. Yasmina Sabbah has received several awards such as the Patron’s Award in ChoirFest Dubai (2015), Philippe Jaber Merit Award (2012), and the Rosemary Salhaney Haggar Choral Award (2010. Her aim is to earn a Ph. D in choral studies and contribute to spreading choral music in Lebanon and the region as well as improving music education in schools and universities.


Marc Reaidy, Tenor

Marc Reaidy, Tenor, studied classical singing at Ecole des Arts Ghassan Yammine, with Russian Professor Galina Khaldeeva. Currently, he is working with Professor Arax Chekidjian‫.

He attended many vocal and dramatic workshops and master classes mainly in Lebanon, Russia, France and the United States‫.

Marc Reaidy’s repertoire includes oratorio and opera music from different composers; mainly Italian, French, English… (Puccini, Leoncavallo, Mascagni, Cilea, Rossini, Bizet, Gounod, Handel, Haydn etc.) Given his Russian Professor and fluency in Russian language, he also enjoys a rich operatic and lied repertoire of Russian composers such as Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Sviridov, Glinka etc‫.

 

In 2013, He sang the leading role of Don José in Carmen de Bizet, an opera produced by The Lebanese Higher National Conservatory with the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra‫.

In June 2015, and given his dramatic abilities, he participated in Beirut spring festival whereby he played and sang the role of the Turkish Pasha (in Turkish Language), under the direction of Yvan Caracallah‫.

 

He has been known as a resident performer in many entertainment venues, as well as being part of many music productions and events taking place in Lebanon and in the Middle East, and Turkey.

 

CONCERT PROGRAM

 

 

  1. Baroque Section

 

Das neugebor’ne Kindelein, BuxWV 13 | Dietrich BUXTEHUDE (CA. 1637 – 1707)

 

Ev’ry valley shall be exalted (from Messiah) | George Frideric HANDEL (1685 – 1759)
Marc Reaidy, Tenor

Mass in G minor, BWV 235 | Johann Sebastian BACH (1685 – 1750)

Kyrie
Gloria
Gratias
Domine Fili
Qui tollis
Cum Sancto Spiritu

  1. Christmas Section

 

Lully, Lulla, Lullay | Philip STOPFORD (1977 -)

Eternity | Michael BOJESEN (1960 -)

Hark! The Herlad-Angels Sing | Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809 – 1847), arr. David Willocks


The Lord’s Prayer | Albert Hay Malotte (1895 – 1964)

Marc Reaidy, Tenor

 

The Holy City | Michael Maybrick (1841 – 1913)
Marc Reaidy, Tenor

 

O Come, All Ye Faithful | 18th century traditional, arr. David Willocks
Marc Reaidy, Tenor

Joy To The World | Lowell MASON (1792 – 1872), arr. John Rutter