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AUBMC Receives US Accreditation
Seven New Members to Join the AUB Board of Trustees
Establishment of the Michael Atiyah Chair in Mathematical Sciences at AUB
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Academic Excellence Rewarded: AUB's Merit Scholarships
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Faculty Profile: Patrick Lewtas
Professor Mrad Lectures Abroad
Staff Profile: Ramzieh Saad
Essay Competition Honors Arab World's 'Prince of Poets'
Donald Mitchell Examines Control Over City Streets
The Political Consequences of American Romanticism
Juan Cole Points at Failures in United States
Scholar Studies Impact of Terrorism on American Imports
Ambassador Evaluates Role of United Kingdom in the Arab World
A View of Islam in the Eighth Century
The Need for Dialogue Between Religions
Istanbul's Pleasures Revealed
National Identity Without Citizenship?
On-line Workshops Help Train Journalists
Student Artwork Exhibited at Jafet Library
Amulets and Talismans at the AUB Museum
Living with Animals: To Prevent Torture and the Impact of War
Women's Auxiliary Holiday Luncheon
Home of Hope Orphans Tour AUB Medical Center
Italian Opera Recital at Assembly Hall
Strengthening Ukraine and Lebanese Relations with Music
AUB Music Club Concert
From Sufi Chant to Oriental Jazz
AUB Choir and Choral Society Celebrate Christmas
Benefit Christmas Concerts Help Ayadina Center
Red Cross Club Forms Human Ribbon
January 2008 Vol. 9 No. 4


AUB Choir and Choral Society Celebrate Christmas

AUB Choir and the Choral Society perform Christmas carols

A highly eclectic AUB Choir and Choral Society Christmas concert was organized by the Zaki Nassif Music Program in collaboration with the Ensemble Polyphonica, a group of gifted Lebanese singers. The program started with "Ya Oum Allah" (To the Mother of God), initially attributed to the fourth-century theologian Saint Ephraim and recently modified by Lebanese composer Joelle Khoury in response to the events of July 2006 in Lebanon.

A marvelous succession of musical pieces by present day composers came next, followed by a commemoration of the 300th anniversary of German composer Dietrich Buxtehude's death with two cantatas he wrote addressing Christ's crucified body. Despite the Good Friday text and lyrics, the music of these beautifully delivered pieces had all the festive gestures of baroque music usually associated with the Christmas season.

The program, which typically concluded with a selection of Christmas carols, also included "Patapan," a well-known French carol, as well as nineteenth-century French songs by Claude Debussy. The talented oud player Bassam Jalgha added a splash of instrumental color to the only two pieces that were sung in Arabic, "Leyletna" (Our Night) and "Tallou Hbabna" (Here Come Our Loved Ones). Vibrantly performed, these songs paid homage to their composer, the "father of modern Arabic song," Zaki Nassif.

The concert was held at Assembly Hall on December 10 and repeated the following evening, much to the enjoyment of the packed audiences that clustered after the concert around the Christmas tree next to the Visitors' Bureau, where the singers sang more carols for everyone. The choir, singing under the baton of conductor Paul Meers, was accompanied by Ramzi Sabra on the organ and Vartan Agopian on the piano.