By Ruba Hattar
For the first time since the lockdown and the intense protests in Lebanon, the Baalbeck International Festival live streamed a classical concert to all of Lebanon and the world Sunday night entitled #SoundOfResilience #علّي_الموسيقى to send a message of hope to all Lebanese people everywhere.
The Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra performed at the Roman Temple of Bacchus Stairs at Baalbek Castle, where the international culture and music festival has been held every summer since the fifties hosting the most notable music, dance and theater artists and companies from Lebanon and the world. Such artists included Miles Davis, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Placido Domingo, Fairuz, Sabbah, Wadee Al-Safi, Sting, Deep Purple, the Royal Ballet, Caracalla Dance Theater, Lord of the Dance and others.
Baalbek is a city located east of Litani River in Lebanon’s Baqaa Valley, north east of Beirut. In Greek and Roman times, Baalbek was also known as Heliopolis (Sun City) in Greek. It has a population of Shia Muslims, Sunni Muslims and Christians. It is home to the Baalbek temple complex which included two of the largest Roman temple ruins; Temple of Bacchus and Temple of Jupiter. It was subscribed in 1984 as an UNESCO World Heritage site.