Under the patronage of the Ambassador of Argentina to Lebanon, H.E. Jose Gutierrez Maxwell, the Youth and Culture (YCC) – Zouk Mikael, organized a Latin jazz concert entitled “Guilnar Majdalani plays Raul Di Blasio”, in collaboration with the Lebanese American Studies Cultures Center at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, supported by Lebanon Development Union (LDU) and Mozart Chahine.
The concert was attended by the great composer Elias Rahbani, Dr. Joseph Zgheib, Consul General of San Marino, Jorge Baker, Consul of Mexico, Jaime Gnecco Daza, Consul of Colombia, Fred Farah, the former Lebanese Ambassador to Argentina, Me. Nouhad Naufal, Mayor of Zouk Mikael, Roberto Khatalb, director of the Lebanese American Studies Cultures Center at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, and Ms. Crystel El Chayeb, Secretary General of Lebanon Development Union (LDU).
Ms. Eliane Fersan, Director of Programs and Public Relations at YCC, launched the ceremony introducing the musicians, and then emphasized on the role of YCC in supporting youth and their talents. She also stressed on the role of the Centre in sustaining intercultural dialogue through organizing more than 260 cultural activities since it’s inauguration in April 2009. Ms. Fersan highlighted the fruitful and continuous collaboration of YCC with a number of foreign embassies in Lebanon, most notably the French, Swiss, Romanian and American, in addition to the German Cultural Centre, the Friends of Portugal in Lebanon and a number of international and local organizations.
H.E. Jose Gutierrez Maxwell opened his speech with the famous line “Music is as old as humanity”, then praised the efforts of YCC in promoting intercultural dialogue and paid tribute to the talented musician Guilnar Majdalani, expressing gratitude for the appraisal of Argentinean Raul Di Blasio.
The young talented performer, Guilnar Majdalani played the piano, accompanied by Gilbert Salameh on the drums, beginning with the exceptional “Nina Maria” for Elias Rahbani, the performer then played 12 of the most famous musical pieces for Di Blasio. The audience applauded wildly and gave these talented artists a standing ovation. Guilnar Majdalani, a Lebanese National Conservatory graduate, began her musical career at the age of 7. She won the first prize of the Toufic Succar Award in the national piano contest 2007.