A virtual concert titled “A Century of Music in Greater Lebanon” will be broadcast on September 25th to promote Lebanon’s musical heritage to the world.
The “Virtual Introduction to the Musical Heritage to Lebanon” is a collaborative project between Jeunesses Musicales du Liban (JML), Bayt al Musiqa, and the Delia Arts Foundation.
This concert is part of Ethno Lebanon, a program by Jeunesses Musicales International for folkloric and traditional music.
The nonprofit Jeunesses Musicales du Liban (JML) is part of the largest youth music NGO in the world: Jeunesses Musicales Internationales (JMI), which was created in 1945 in Brussels, Belgium to “enable young people to develop through music across all boundaries.”
The international organization does so through its four established activity fields: Young Musicians, Young Audiences, Youth Empowerment, and Youth Orchestras & Ensembles, and over 14 projects.
It has been promoting classical music and providing young talented musicians with opportunities to develop their musical careers.
Its global network covers about 40 countries with tens of thousands of different musical events annually.
The project “Virtual Introduction to the Musical Heritage to Lebanon” started with a 3-day online course, focusing on both theoretical and practical aspects of the musical heritage, and ending with the concert
Musicians aged 16-30 were taught to play folkloric melodies on their instruments, as well as sing them, in addition to the elements of the traditional dabke dance.
A sample of their work has already been released online: the Muwashash “I say and she whined”. It was broadcasted internationally as part of World Music Day on June 21st of this year.