on Stage – December 2006
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Beirut, Lebanon – Fairuz, the legendary Lebanese singer,
took to the stage in her first performance in Beirut since 1994.
Her stage revival of the classic play “Sah Ennoam” was
also a revival of Lebanese spirit and unity. The performance at
the Beirut International Exhibition & Leisure Center (BIEL)
near the port of Beirut was sold out as people from all over Lebanon
united in their quest to attend Fairuz’s return to the stage
after 29 years.
Sah Ennoam, composed by the Rahbani Brothers, was first performed
live in 1970 at the Damascus International Festival. Under the musical
and artistic direction of Ziad Rahbani, the symbolic play struck
a chord with the audience who cheered for almost 20 minutes at the
end of the performance. Fairuz, revered as royalty in Lebanon, delivered
a powerful performance with her voice rising above war and politics.
The performance was initially scheduled for the Baalbeck International
Festival in July but was canceled due to the Israeli invasion of
Lebanon. Fairuz’s appearance as “Erinful”, the
common girl who defied the tyrant ruler, drew applause, tears, and
deafening cheers from the crowd who braved multiple security points,
demonstrations, and blocked roads to attend this historic event.
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