An opening concert bringing together young Lebanese musicians and Czech soloists with the JML orchestra conducted by Yasmina Sabbah. A collaborative project between Les Musicales de Baabdath and Les Jeunesses Musicales du Liban.
VANDA SABAKOVA | Harp
YAN RYSKA | Cello
JML ORCHESTRA CONDUCTED
Eduard Dayan & Kevin Kanaan
Baabdath | Maronite Parish Hall 8:00 pm
J. S. BACH (1685 – 1750)
Concerto for 2 Violins in D Minor, BWV 1043
Largo, ma non tanto
P. POPELKA (b. 1986)
Czech Suite for harp, cello and string orchestra
Intermezzo & Pastoral
G. F. HANDEL (1685 – 1759)
Harp Concerto in B-Flat Major Op. 4, No. 6
Andante – Allegro
J. HAYDN (1732 – 1809)
Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Hob. VIIb:1
Vanda Sabakova (Harp)
Vanda Sabakova comes from an artistic family. She studies harp from the age of five under the supervision of the solo-harpist of the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, the Prague Philharmonia and professor of conservatories in Ostrava, Brno and Pilsen, Ivana Švestková Dohnalová. She also consults her work with renowned soloists – in recent years she has participated in master classes of Petra van der Heide (RCO Amsterdam) and Marie-Pierre Langlamet (Berliner Philharmoniker).
Jan Ryska (Cello)
Jan Ryska (1984) started his musical studies at the age of five. He graduated in cello performance majorcum laude from the Prague Conservatory, the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and at the Universität für Musik unddarstellende Kunst in Vienna. Since his childhood Jan Ryska has become a laureate of many international cello and chamber music competitions – among some of the recent achievements we could name the 1st price in the Brahms International Chamber Music Competition in Austria, the 1st and the special prices in the Pinerollo Chamber Music Competition in Italy (member of the WFIMC) or the 1st and Grand Prix of the Beethoven Competition.
Yasmina Sabbah (Conductor)
Yasmina Sabbah holds a Masters of Music in Choral Conducting from the prestigious University of Cambridge, in the UK.
She is one of the few active women conductors in Lebanon, and currently leads the USJ choir, the Conservatory Youth Choir and Children Choir, as well as the Jeunesses Musicales du Liban orchestra. In May 2019, she conducted her first concert with the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra performing a British program by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Edward Elgar. She is also a professor of music at AUB and LAU.
Les Jeunesses Musicales du Liban
The Jeunesses Musicales du Liban (JML) is an NGO founded in 1956. Active throughout the war, the JML were officially and legally relaunched in 2005, and joined the Jenesses Musicales Internationals (JMI) in January 2019. The goal of JML is to promote music in Lebanon – from classical to jazz – and make it accessible to the youth. In fact, JML organizes regularly several free concerts, conferences, lectures and recitals.