Lebanese First Lady, Nadia Aoun, patronized Friday evening a concert entitled, "Women as Music Composers", at the joint invitation of the President of the National Commission for Lebanese Women, Claudine Aoun Roukoz, the Ambassador of Switzerland, Monica Schutzz Kergoz, and the President of the National Institute of Music, Bassam Saba.
Marking International Women's Day, the concert was held in recognition of the role played by women, in general, and Lebanese women, in particular, in establishing a society based on the values of convergence, solidarity and love.
The musical ceremony took place at the Church of St. Joseph of the Jesuit Fathers in Beirut, in the presence of a large number of political, diplomatic, judicial, religious, artistic and media figures, members of the National Commission for Lebanese Women, and Miss Lebanon Maya Raidi. It featured the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra led by Maestro Harut Vasilian, with performances by Swiss pianist Andrea Wesley and Lebanese soprano Fadia Tunb El Hajj.
In her word on the occasion, the Swiss Ambassador said: "On International Women's Day, Switzerland and Lebanon are united once again for women's rights! We women form more than half of our societies, and on the basis of the success of our joint ceremony last year, we decided with Mrs. Claudine Aoun Roukoz to partner together again this year...So came this musical celebration through a notion by Maestro Harut Vasilian, the main leader of the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra, in paying tribute to women who have influenced the world of art and culture through centuries of enchanting music."
Ambassador Kergoz concluded by thanking the Lebanese First Lady, NCLW President, Maestro Vasilian and Saba for their time and effort invested in making the event a success.
For his part, Vasilian considered that "innovation is a miracle that needs to be nurtured and honored where it exists" adding that "artistic diversity contributes to the improvement and deepening of the creative landscape."
He disclosed that the chosen pieces for the evening's musical performance stretch across nine centuries in the past and have been neglected throughout the ages due to the fact they were women compositions. Vasilian ruled out the notion that women composers are scarce or not good enough, stressing that women are behind many wonderful compositions in the world.
Source: National News Agency