90 Lebanese Soloists Gathered Online For Epic Quarantine Orchestral Performance (video)

@haroutfazlian | REUTERS/Ousama Ayoub

The work of the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra isn’t very quarantine-friendly. But when people are told to work from home, things can get pretty creative.

Conducted by Maestro Harout Fazlian, the orchestra decided to not let the virus put their work on hold and performed this week from their homes, lifting spirits and spreading joy.

By combining 90 solo recorded performances, the musicians put together a magnificent show. The orchestra performed the tone poem “Also Sprach Zarathustra” by the composer Richard Strauss.

“Recorded during the COVID-19 epidemic, the musicians of the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra convey their hope for a Bright New Dawn with the music of Richard Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra,” wrote the conductor on his Instagram account.

The orchestra was founded in November 1998 by Dr. Walid Gholmieh, the former president of the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music. 

Its aim is to spread classic music in Lebanon. The orchestra has performed in major festivals in Lebanon, such as the international festivals of Baalbek, Byblos, and Zouk Mikael, along with the Beiteddine Art Festival, and many more. 

Hopefully you’ll be able to attend their next live performance, but for now go ahead and enjoy their YouTube version!