Legendary Lebanese oudist, vocalist, and composer Marcel Khalifé presents an evening of music that offers a unique opportunity for music lovers to enjoy a reinvented musical universe, merging the best of Middle-eastern traditions with classical, jazz and folk idioms.


 Photo: Courtesy of Macao Cultural Centre

Khalifé rose to prominence in the Middle East in the late 1970s and has been called the Hendrix of the Oud and the Bob Dylan of Middle Eastern social commentary. He performed amid the rubble of bombed-out buildings in Beirut during Lebanon's civil war. Now, 40 years later, Khalifé has established himself as a noted composer for the oud, as well as film scores and orchestral music.

Born and raised in a region shaken by a long war, Khalifé never stopped dreaming about peaceful reconciliation in a multi-religious society. Throughout his career he has combined his artistic achievements with humanitarian contributions, and in 2005 was named UNESCO Artist for Peace.


  Photo: Courtesy of Marcel Khalifé

Accompanied by local musicians, Khalifé’s concert in Macau will take the audience through his repertoire of internationally acclaimed compositions, and along the way, present listeners with a genuine message of peace and goodwill.

“There are so many ways to express ourselves,” Khalifé has said. “Issues like humanity, happiness, life’s miseries . . . are the things I sing for.”


  Photo: Courtesy of Marcel Khalifé

June 17
Grand Auditorium, Macao Cultural Centre, Avenida Xian Xing Hai, Nape
+853 2870 0699, macauticket.com

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