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Lebanese Arabic Oriental Orchestra Concert in Beirut-Lebanon (2016)

The Lebanese Arabic Oriental Orchestra with it's president Dr.Walid Musallem who is also in charge of the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra, it's principle conductor ( maestro Andre Hajj ) and the management member Mr. Raffat Eitani, embraced an invitation to the composer/orchestrator & conductor Samer Hatoum, the Lebanese in origin and based in Ireland-Europe to take part of the success the orchestra had achieved under the mentioned names effort.


The foreseen target of the orchestra leadership is to open a collaborative and partnership relationship with highly skilled new composers and conductors in Lebanon and the Arab world which led through maestro Andre Hajj love for collaboration and welcoming the new age energy to cross the Lebanese musical border to the Arab region in order to enhance and develop the Arabic classical and traditional music from it's stagnancy to the public's attention.


The Lebanese Arabic Oriental Orchestra performed a theatrical concert in Beirut in December of 2016 under the baton of maestro Andre Hajj a collection of music composed and orchestrated in a new orchestral version by maestro Samer Hatoum in the first half and a Lebanese popular angelic voice presented by Karla Ramia in the second half. This concert provided the orchestra with a new look at the orchestral standard and built a musical bridge with Europe.


The first half of the concert started by an introduction and welcome speech by the president Dr.Walid Musallem , then a speech by maestro Andre Hajj when he introduced maestro Samer Hatoum for the first time with the program. 


The concert started by a respect performance by the orchestra for the Lebanese composers Melhem Barakat and Fouad Awad


The program was listed and performed as follows


  1. Asaluk Al Raheela is a music composed by Muhammad Abdel Wahab from Egypt and orchestrated by Samer Hatoum
  2. Hope is a music composed and orchestrated by Samer Hatoum
  3. Introduction is a music composed by Ihsan Al Mounzer, a Lebanese melodist, pianist & composer and reorchestrated by Samer Hatoum
  4. Kelmet Itab is a music composed by Farid Al Atrash, a Syrian composer and reorchestrated by Samer Hatoum
  5. Hawel Teftekerni is a music composed by Balegh Hamdi, an Egyptian composer and orchestrated by Samer Hatoum


The second half was presented by Karla Ramia who performed a collection of remarkable traditional songs


The Lebanese Arabic Oriental Orchestra performed with the following


Conductor    Andre Hajj
Orchestra leader   Naji Azar
Piano   Olga Bolone ( soloist with the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra )
Accordion   Joseph Sejaan
Nai   Joseph Karam
Clarinet   Mostafa Nmeir
Recorder   Tarek Katergi



Lebanese Arabic Oriental Orchestra

The Lebanese Arabic Oriental Orchestra was established by Dr.Walid Gholmieh in 2000, he was the president of the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music and the principle conductor of this orchestra


The orchestra presented many concerts since it's establishment such as:

  • Al Bustan International Festival
  • International Music Festival ADMAF in Dubai
  • and many more


The Lebanese Arabic Oriental Orchestra started developing it's style and standard through the leadership of Andre Hajj who is a former Aoud player and teacher in the National Higher Conservatory and took over the podium upon the death of it's establisher Dr. Gholmieh.


Andre Hajj is the new generation who stood on the podium to carry the orchestra through the transformation between the past of the traditional to the present the regional by embracing new names of composers and conductors to be his guests to upgrade the orchestra to become a classical in some way combined with the orient.


Maestro Andre Hajj at the present time brought the orchestra reputation to the Arab world's attention to become the attractive destination for many known composers and conductors to be guests throughout it's concerts during the year.


Composer, orchestrator & conductor Samer Hatoum had the privilege to be this orchestra guest in December 21st , 2016 by presenting some works of his composition and orchestration for Arabic classical repertoire.


Here are demos from the orchestra:



Australian Young Composer Abraham Naim

The young talented composer Abraham Naim who is not 20 years of age yet and from a Lebanese descendant, studies music and piano in Melbourne-Australia.

Abraham Naim achieved his first collaboration with maestro Samer Hatoum by revising his scores and premiering few compositions under his baton with the Ploesiti Philharmonic Orchestra and was accompanied by the concert pianist Ioana Lupascu on the piano.


This collaboration brought Abraham Naim to Europe through maestro Hatoum to start a new journey beyond Australia.




German Young Film Composer Deniz Inan

The German composer Deniz Inan started to publish his first compositions in 2010. His first compositions included 7 neo-romantic pieces for piano solo.


In the following Inan published 3 more albums. His second album Kayo’s Journey included two orchestra works.  In 2013 his second album Kayo’s Journey (10 piecse for piano and 2 for symphony orchestra) was published as a DVD which was recorded with the conductor Dong Kien Cuong and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Saigon Vietnam.


In 2015 Inan started to compose chamber music and film music with the focus on violin, cello, flute and piano.  In 2015 he started his collaboration with English flutist Lynsey Blair and formed the Duet FLUTIANO who performed concerts in England and Germany. End of 2015 Inan took the position of a member of the cultural department of the city of Rüthen, Germany and organizes chamber music concerts on regular bases.


In 2016 Inan joined maestro Samer Hatoum and the project “The Stars of Tomorrow”, which recorded his orchestra pieces with a philharmonic orchestra in Romania.


Beginning of 2017 many musicians came together and built a platform called “Deniz Inan & Friends”, which helps young musicians to present their music and their art. In February 2017 Inan published his latest orchestra compositions in collaboration with maestro Hatoum.    


Deniz Inan had four compositions fully orchestrated by maestro Hatoum for piano & string orchestra since 2016 which the concert pianist Ioana Lupascu played and more film music is in process using his themes.





Vietnamese American Composer Cuong Manh Nguyen

Violinist and composer Cuong Manh Nguyen/Nguyen Manh Cuong was born in Saigon, Vietnam.


He wrote music for many instruments including the piano, guitar and violin and managed to write his own lyrics for certain works.

Cuong Manh Nguyen  studied privately with Pham Nghe who is one of the best violinists in South Vietnam in 1975 and was able to work with his own uncle Nguyen Chi Trung shortly after that. His music was performed by many famous musicians, vocalists, in shows and recitals. "Simplicity, elegance and clarity in sound form wonderful pieces of music and create a romantic and nostalgic atmosphere full of sublime art."


Currently, Cuong Manh Nguyen shares his compositions on his YouTube channel and the Broadjam website and has a successful collaboration in orchestral performance with the Ploesiti Philharmoinic Orchestra under the baton of maestro Samer Hatoum who orchestrated his composition Serenta for piano & string orchestra in the program The Stars of Tomorrow.


Cuong Manh Nguyen is based in Los Angeles ( United States of America ).
Serenata was premiered conducted by Samer Hatoum & piano solo performed by Ioana Lupascu.