Beirut Chants Festival launched its 9th edition

The 9th edition of Beirut Chants Festival was launched on Saturday November 5th in a press conference at the Beirut Yacht Club, attended by HE Minister of Tourism Michel Pharaon, MP Bahia Hariri representing the Hariri Foundation for Sustainable Human Development, Beirut Mayor Mr. Jamal Itani, along with partners and participating artists.

Mr. Pharaon emphasized the «importance of Beirut Chants and all cultural activities in promoting Lebanon on the international touristic scene». He also revealed bits of the ministry’s plan for Religious tourism, stressing on the prominent role of Beirut Chants in this project.

The festival will open on December 1st until the 23rd, with 29 concerts celebrating Christmas and the holidays’ season. Throughout the years, the open doors festival has become a tradition that allows a large audience to enjoy music and Christmas spirit in Beirut.




Mr Jamal Itani, deputy Bahia Hariri, Micheline Abi Samra, HE minister of Tourism Michel Pharaon during the press conference.


This year’s festival will feature renowned international and local musicians, hereafter the detailed program of the festival:


Beirut Chants 2016


Dec 1 Opening Night

Messa di Gloria – Giocchino Rossini

Laura Giordano, Soprano

Cynthia Samaha, Mezzo-soprano

Filippo Adami, Tenor

Bechara Moufarrej, Tenor

Shady Torbey, Bass-Baritone

Antonine University & NDU Choirs

Khalil Rahmeo.m.m, Choir master

Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra

Toufic Maatouko.a.m, Conductor

Saint George Maronite Cathedral | 8:00 PM

Dec 2

Contemporary Arabic Music

Mustafa Said and a group of musicians

St.Elie Kantari | 8:00 PM

Dec 3

Spiritual Concert

Jesus ma joie

Saint Maron Church| Gemmayzeh | 8:00 PM


Dec 4

Lebanese School of Blind & Deaf Choir

All Saints Church | 6:00 PM

Nidaa Abou Mrad and the Antonine Arabic ensemble

St. Elie Greek catholic church | 8:00 PM

Dec 5

Boris Andrianov, Cello

First prize of Rostropovich competition

Alexander Ghindin, Piano

First prize of Tchaikovsky piano competition

St. Maron Church Gemmayzeh| 8:00 PM

Dec 6

Seong-Jin CHO, Piano

First prize of international Chopin competition 2016

St. Joseph Church |Monnot| 8:00 PM


Dec 7

Ziad Nehme, Tenor

Vartan Agopian, Piano

St.Elie Kantari| 8:00 PM


Dec 8

Al Fayha choir

Barkev Teslakian, Conductor

St. Maron Church Gemayzeh| 8:00 PM

Dec. 9

Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra

Hildegarde Fesneau, Violin

Fayçal Karaoui, Conductor

First prize of Besançon international conducting competition

St.George Maronite Cathedral| 8:00 PM

In collaboration with the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music


Dec 10

Kodaly quartet

The 50th jubilee tour

Attila Falvay, Violin

Ferenc Bangó  Violin

János Fejérvári Alto

György Éder, Cello

St. Maron Church Gemmayzeh| 8:00 PM

Dec 11

Sagesse St. John & Ecole de Musique des Pères Antonins Children Choir

Nelly Maatouk, Conductor

St.Louis Capuchin|6:00 PM

St. Romanos Choir

Rev. Romanos Romanos, Conductor

St.George Orthodox Cathedral| 8:00 PM


Dec 12

Ensemble Desmarest- Baroc orchestra

Rodrigo Ferreira, Counter-tenor

Ronan Khalil, Conductor

St.Louis Capuchin| 8:00 PM

En collaboration avec l’Institut Français et l’ambassade de France au Liban

Dec 13

Theotokos Orthodoxe Choir

RamziSaad, Conductor

St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral| 8:00 PM


Beirut youth choir & jeunesses musicales

Marc Reaidy, Tenor

Yasmina Sabbah, conductor

St.Louis Capuchin| 8:00 PM


Dec 15

St. Stephanos the Melode Choir

Bachir Osta, Conductor

St.Elie Greek Catholic Cathedral| 8:00 PM

Dec 16

Quatuor Modigliani

Amaury Coeytaux, Violon

Loic Rio, Violin

Laurent Marfaing, Viola

François Kieffert, Violoncelle

St.LouisCapuchin| 8:00 PM

En collaboration avec l’Institut Français et l’ambassade de France au Liban

Dec 17

“AYC” Armenian Youth Choir of Hamazkayin

with participation of “GARGATCH” Children

St. Nichan Orthodox Cathedral| 6:00 PM


A Tribute to Beirut Orpheus Choir 

AUB choir

Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra

Toby Purser, Conductor

Assemble hall| American University of Beirut| 8:00 PM

In collaboration with Peace & Prosperity Trust in UK and the American University of Beirut

Dec 18

La Chanterie de Beyrouth

National Evangelical Church |6:00 PM

Ghada Shbeir

St.Elie Kantari| 8:00 PM

Dec 19

NDU Children Choir

Khalil Rahme, conductor

Sacre coeur Church | Gemmayze |6:00 PM


St. Elie Kantari Church| 8:00 PM

Dec 20

Avanesyan Piano Trio

Hrachya Avanesyan, Violin

Sevak Avanesyan, Cello

Julien Libeer, Piano

St. Maron Church|Gemmayzeh| 8:00 PM



Samar Salame, Soprano

St.Elie Kantari| 8:00 PM



Jazzy concert

Rami Khalife, piano

St.Louis Capuchin Church | 8:00 PM



Notre-Dame de Jamhour choir

Haitham Azzi, conductor

St. Joseph Church |Monnot|6:00 PM


Closing Concert

Opera Arias

Carmen Giannatasio, Soprano

Jonathan Papp, Piano

St. Maron Church|Gemmayzeh|8:00 PM

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