Posted by: Joelle El Bittar | February 23, 2012

Captain Antoine Tohme outweighs the public of the YCC to the mysterious world of Peer Gynt

Who would have thought that a musical listening session would attract an audience of one hundred and transform it into a single body that interacts with the fantastic music of Edvard Grieg! This is nothing new, since the Youth and Culture Center – Zouk Mikael receives for the ninth time the writer and musicologist, Captain Antoine Tohme, an officer in the military band of the Internal Security Forces, to discuss and comment on the musical prodigy “Peer Gynt”.

Attended the event mukhtara Josiane Khalil, president of the union of mukhtars of Kesrouan/Ftouh, the zouki singer with the angelic voice Joumana Medawar, a number of officers and intellectuals and lovers of classical music. The innovative and ingenious approach of Captain Tohme made this session a real discussion of musical images drawn by the symphonic poem of the great Norwegian romantic composer Edvard Grieg.

Concise and profound, Captain Tohme launched the session with an introduction to the history of music through time and dwelled on the secrets of the universal language and the impact of different artistic and political streams on its development and its spread. After a first listening of the work, the audience noted the ideas, images and sensations revealed by the music and then shared and discussed together with a second viewing of each act. The outcome is an audience surprised by its ability to engage in a genuine dialogue that transcends the eloquence of speech and language. The legend of the Norwegian anti-hero Peer Gynt is now known by our audience that appreciates the mission of cultural dialogue so dearly promoted by the Youth and Culture Center – Zouk Mikael.

YCC thanks the great artist and zouki musicologist Captain Antoine Tohme, son of a city that gave the world of culture great people such as Elias Abou Chabké, Antoine Kazan, Antoine Salameh, Joumana Medawar, Gaby Farah, Fady Abi Hachem and many others…



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