Marcel Khalife
Ode to a Homeland
The Lebanese National Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Lubnan Baalbaki
Notre Dame University Choir conducted by Khalil Rahme
Friday July 5 th , 2019
Steps of Bacchus Temple
The official opening of the Baalbeck International Festival will feature the legendary Marcel
Khalife performing his most celebrated repertoire on the steps of the Bacchus Temple. The
acclaimed singer, composer and oud player will be accompanied by the Lebanese Philarmonic
Orchestra conducted by Lubnan Baalbaki and the NDU choir conducted by Father Khalil Rahme.
This exceptional evening of music and poetry on freedom, love and unity will offer a glimmer of
hope in these difficult times.

Melody Gardot
Sunday July 7 th , 2019
Steps of Bacchus Temple
The best-selling singer, songwriter and musician Melody Gardot will grace us with her presence
this summer. After 4 outstanding albums, 10 years of continuous touring, performing over 300
shows in the most prestigious venues, she has become a leading name on the international
stage. In 2017, her guest star appearance during Ibrahim Maalouf’s concert in Baalbeck was a
memorable moment. With her dusky sweet voice and unique live act, she will surely captivate
the audience with her performance on the steps of the Bacchus Temple.

A World Premiere Cine-Concert
An Evening with Abdel Halim
With Mohammed Assaf
Romanian Orchestra and The Lebanese Orchestra for Oriental-Arabic Music
Noha Hafez – singer
Amir Ramses – videographer
Orchestrated and conducted by Hisham Gabr
Saturday July 20 th , 2019
Steps of Bacchus Temple
Following the success of Baalbeck Remembers Oum Kalthoum in 2018, the Baalbeck
International Festival is delighted to present a world premiere cine-concert featuring Abdel
Halim Hafez' songs and movies on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of his birth. Known
as el-Andaleeb el-Asmar, he is considered to be one of the greatest Egyptian singers and actors
of his time and his work has made him an integral part of a lasting Arab musical legacy.  This
unique evening will showcase excerpts of Abdel Halim's films accompanied by the phenomenal
young singer Mohammed Assaf, whose Arab Idol win propelled him to fame and to the hearts
of millions.  This cine-concert featuring 50 musicians will be conducted and orchestrated by
Egyptian Maestro Hisham Gabr with the special participation of fellow Egyptian artists, singer
Noha Hafez and videographer Amir Ramses.

G. Verdi
Maria Agresta – soprano
Daniela Barcellona – mezzo
Giorgio Berrugi- tenor
John Relyea- bass
Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra
Antonine University Choir
Toufic Maatouk – conductor
Friday July 26 th , 2019
Bacchus Temple
This extraordinary performance of Verdi’s Requiem features 4 internationally renowned
vocalists: soprano Maria Agresta, acclaimed for her soaring phrasing,  joined by distinguished
mezzo-soprano Daniela Barcellona, magnificent tenor Giorgio Berrugi and one of today’s finest
basses John Relyea. Toufic Maatouk will conduct the Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra and
Antonine University Choir delivering a thrilling account of Verdi’s masterpiece in the heart of
the Bacchus Temple.
This concert is produced in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute and the Italian

Souldier Tour
Thursday August 1 st , 2019
Steps of Bacchus Temple
Baalbeck welcomes this summer French rising sensation Jain. Her outstanding 2015 album
debut Zanaka has earned her the Best Female Artist award at the 2017 Victoires de la musique
and a nomination at the Grammy Awards. Her global hits Come and Makeba have over 90
million views on Youtube. Her second album Souldier released last summer rises to the
challenge. Part of her worldwide tour, her highly anticipated show on the steps of the Bacchus
Temple will showcase her incredible stage talent and unique vibrant sounds blending global
influences. She will surely get the crowd jumping, dancing and singing along.

Jahida Wehbe
Andalusian Scents
From Muwashahat to Flamenco
With Omar Bashir and his band
Friday August 2 nd , 2019
Bacchus Temple
This enchanting mystical night will showcase Jahida Wehbe’s unique voice and stage presence
in a mosaic of music and poetry, bringing together the oriental emotional chanting and
Andalusian melodies. This dazzling performance is a celebration of two worlds, merging the
magical Muwashahat to the passionate Flamenco harmonies. Jahida Wehbe will be
accompanied by renowned oud virtuoso Omar Bashir and his musicians, with the participation
of Spanish Singer Melchior Campus and Flamenco dancer Léa Llinares.

Omar Bashir
And his band
Oud Around the World
Saturday August 3 rd , 2019
Bacchus Temple
Oud Around The World is a journey through several music cultures in a spirit of peace and
mutual understanding. Renowned Oud virtuoso Omar Bashir will play traditional music from
Iraq, Lebanon and Turkey, interpretations of Latin, Flamenco and Indian genres, compositions
from the Bashir family, as well as meditational solo music. In the Bacchus Temple, accompanied
with his 7-piece ensemble joined by string and woodwind sections, he will also perform for the
first time tracks from his latest album The Dancing Oud. Having experimented the fusion of Oud
and Guitar, Omar Bashir opened new possibilities for oud players worldwide. He recently
received a Platinum award from Universal Music for outstanding sales of his albums.