Baalbeck International Festival 2019 program

In a setting that takes us back to the majestic past of the Roman Empire, great names of the Lebanese and international scene such as Marcel Khalifé, Jahida Wehbe, Melody Gardot and more classical evenings await the public of the Baalbeck International Festival. A rich and diverse program starting July 5, 2019, with Lebanese star Marcel Khalifé.



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Marcel Khalife

Friday, July 5th, 2019

Steps of the Temple of Bacchus

Ode to a homeland

The Lebanese National Philharmonic Orchestra

Led by Lubnan Baalbaki

Choir of Our Lady of Louaizé directed by Khalil Rahmé


For the opening of the International Festival of Baalbeck, the legendary Marcel Khalifé will offer his most beautiful repertoire on the steps of the temple of Bacchus. He will be accompanied by the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra conducted byLubnan Baalbaki and by the NDU choir directed by Father Khalil Rahme. This unique evening will be like a glimmer of hope in these difficult moments, an ode to the homeland and a celebration of the themes dear to this singer of freedom, love, and Arabity.




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Melody Gardot

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Steps of the Temple of Bacchus


After having offered her audience four superb albums, more than ten years of tours, 300 concerts presented in the biggest halls, Melody Gardot has been able to pave a way for herself on the world stage. Her participation in 2017 in Baalbeck Festival, at the concert of Ibrahim Maalouf certainly left its marks. On the steps of the temple of Bacchus, with her jazz-blues music, the captivating songwriter interprets with her velvet voice, will offer us a great moment of emotion.



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Cine-Concert in World Premiere

An evening with Abdel Halim With Mohammed Assaf

Saturday, July 20th, 2019

The Romanian Orchestra and the Lebanese Arab Oriental Music Orchestra

Noha Hafez – Singer

Steps of the Temple of Bacchus


After the success of Baalbeck remembers Oum Kalthoum in 2018 and on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the birth of Abdel Halim Hafez, the International Festival of Baalbeck will pay tribute to the one who marked the oriental music with an indelible seal. A film-concert featuring scenes from the films of the so-called Brown Nightingale, as well as a selection of his greatest songs performed by the talented Mohammed Assaf, the star who never stopped shining with his captivating voice since his victory at Arab Idol. The orchestra composed of 50 musicians will be conducted by Egyptian conductor and composer Hisham Gabr, with the participation of his compatriots, singer Noha Hafez and video artist Amir Ramses.




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Requiem G. Verdi

Friday, July 26, 2019

Temple of Bacchus

Maria Agresta – soprano

Daniela Barcellona – mezzo

Giorgio Berrugi ténor

John Relyea- bass

The Chamber Orchestra of the Romanian Radio

Choir of Antonine University Toufic Maatouk – conductor and choirs


Experience a great moment of emotion with Verdi’s Requiem. This masterpiece of sacred music will be served by an extraordinary cast: soprano Maria Agresta and mezzo Daniela Barcellona will combine their sumptuous and nuanced voices with those of the great tenor Giorgio Berrugi and one of the best bass currently John Relyea. Under the inspired baton of Toufic Maatouk, the Rumanian Radio Chamber Orchestra and the Antonine University Choir will perform this masterly score in the heart of the Bacchus Temple. This unique concert is produced in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute and the Italian Embassy.




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Souldier tower

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

Steps of the Temple of Bacchus

Baalbeck welcomes this summer Jain, the rising French star. In figures, Jain is more than 90 million access to her titles Come and Makeba on Youtube. Her 2015 debut album Zanaka earned her the Victoire de la musique for the Female singer of the year and a Grammy nomination. Jain confirms her success with her second album Souldier released in 2018. She now compiles hundreds of concerts around the globe, proving her incredible stage talent. On the steps of the Temple of Bacchus, we find Jain behind her machines for a live with mixed sounds and dancing rhythm. A unique opportunity to move to the sound of her planetary tubes.




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Jahida Wehbe

Friday, August 2, 2019

Temple of Bacchus

A scent of Andalusia

From Mouwashahat to Flamenco

With Omar Bashir and his group

Let yourself be carried away by a musical journey around a combination between flamenco and muwashshah, with the fabulous voice of Jahida Wehbé. A unique evening full of poetry, fusing the magic quarter of the Muwashshah with the enchantment of Flamenco melodies. A dazzling performance, celebrating flamenco and the magnificent fragrance of Arabic poems. Jahida Wehbé’s passionate melodic voice will be accompanied by Oud Master Omar Bashir and his musicians with the participation of Spanish singer Melchior Campus and flamenco dancer Léa Linares, for a great moment of emotion in the heart of the Temple of Bacchus.




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Omar Bashir and his group

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Oud Around the World

Temple of Bacchus

Oud Around The World is an invitation to travel through different musical cultures in a spirit of peace and tolerance. World-renowned virtuoso Omar Mounir Bashir will be performing in the Bacchus Temple performing traditional music from Iraq, Lebanon and Turkey, mixing Latin and Indian tunes, Bashir family compositions and meditative music. He will be accompanied by a set of 7 musicians, a section of brass and wood and will present among other pieces of his latest album The Dancing Oud. By experimenting with the fusion of the oud and the guitar, he opened the way to new possibilities for oud players from all over the world. He recently received a Platinum award from Universal Music rewarding him for the outstanding sale of his albums.



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