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Christmas from around the world


Tania Kassis, a Lebanese soprano, performed a two hours concert for the Christmas occasion at St Louis Capuchin Church in Beirut on Friday 23 December 2011.


Diva in red! Photo (C) Ibrahim Chalhoub
Diva in red! Photo (C) Ibrahim Chalhoub
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At 8 o’clock pm Tania Kassis, the honorary ambassador of the South Korean contingent of the UNIFIL entered the hall and stood in front of the crowds who were filling the church to the extent that people had to go all the way up to the attic for no room was even left for those who had to stand.

The young lady in red mesmerized the people and time stood to a still when her voice launched the chants with “Adetse Fideles” in English. She had to address the people in that same language as there were many of the attendees who had no clue about Arabic.
In addition, to Lebanese fans, there were many ambassadors and attachés from many countries among whom the American, the south Korean, and the Vatican ambassador sat in the first row.

The marvelous soprano sang, in about nine languages, songs about the wholly festive. The crowds were amazed to listen to her crystal-clear voice in Korean, Czech, Brazilian, Spanish, and Italian, moving from hymn to hymn like a diva.
Tania’s choir consisted of twelve very young girls and a boy accompanied by three musicians playing piano, saxophone, and percussions.

At the door, a Korean gentleman told us he was extremely glad to hear the wonderful lady sing “Goyo Han Ban”, silent night in south Korean language, saying that one would be honored to hear such a lady enchanting so much people in my language.

You can watch a slideshow below from the event and listen to her Islamo-Chritian Ave Maria in the Podcast File at the beginning of this article. Enjoy!


Ibrahim Chalhoub
Correspondant - Photographe En savoir plus sur cet auteur
25/12/2011




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