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Christmas Musicale

"This year's special greetings of Christmas come as a bouquet of musical pieces and performances, with the hope of sharing the message of reconciliation and peace that took concrete form in the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ", was the reflection of Rev. Paul Haidostian, president of Haigazian University on the Christmas musicale, which took place on the eve of December 20, 2006 in the sanctuary of the First Armenian Evangelical Church in Beirut.

A repertoire underlined by joy, love and celebration themes, with a smart selection of all time classics and 16th and 17th century contemporary music, the Haigazian University string ensemble and hand bell choir, in addition to the Armenian Evangelical Armiss Choir, cheered the capacity audience with a heart-warming spirit.

Of special appearance, the guest soloist , Elie Francis, a unique tenor, who moved the audience to an even higher level of joy and celebration.

The string ensemble's coach, Roubina Artinian appreciated the young artists for their time and year-round dedication, especially during these current moments of crisis and instability.

The conductor of the multi-generation Armiss Choir, and the coordinator of the whole event, Campus Minister Rev. Nishan Balakian was very satisfied with the young artists and amateurs who expressed eagerness to bring the spirit of Christmas to the Lebanese audience after a period of war and political turmoil.

The pleasant surprise of the musicale was the Handbell Choir, conducted by Mr. Nabil Melki, and composed of 13 Haigazian University students and staff, who cheered the audience by the mere sound of bells, specially with the tune of Jingle Bells.

The program concluded, with the over cheered audience joining the Armiss Choir and accompanists in singing all time favorite Christmas carols, like "Joy to the world", "Silent night" and "Hark, the Herald Angels sing".

Mira Yardemian
Public Relations Director
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