The activities of the fourth Tartous Musical Forum, organized by the Directorate of Culture for a week in various cultural centers in the governorate, kicked off today on the stage of the Arab Cultural Center in Tartous.
On its first day, the forum included the presentation of a short film on the reality of music and its development through different eras in general, and the change in the names of the pieces, instrumentals and chants on the Syrian coast in particular, and what was shaped by the marine privacy on the distinction of music in it, such as the musical rituals of sailors, and the artistic finds that showed part of its development.
The film also dealt with the experience of the Arab Music Institute in Tartous, which is an important step in supporting musical activity and building a distinguished musical generation.
The Orchestra of the Arab Institute of Music in Tartous, led by the artist Nour Othman, presented a musical show that included a selection of Arab and international instrumentals.
The Arjwan choir, with its three choirs, “Adults, Young People, and Children,” led by Maestro Bisher Issa, accompanied by Shatha Tohme and other musicians, performed on the piano and other music pieces in Arabic and international languages and traditional songs.
In the hall of the Cultural Center in Baniyas, a varied concert was held, which was performed by the Dandana Center Band, which began with two Oud songs presented by the young woman, Zainab Ibrahim, between the palms and Min Athbak.
Mounir Al-Jundi, a participant for the first time, presented a group of musical pieces for the great Tarabe figures such as Umm Kulthum, Sabah Fakhri, Wadih Al-Safi, Karem Mahmoud and Shams Al-Asil.
In a statement to Sana between Kamal Badran, Director of Culture, that the festival is held under the auspices and support of the Ministry of Culture and comes within the framework of the constant endeavor to improve the musical work to consolidate artistic identity and spread awareness of the importance of musical heritage while opening the horizons of serious musical culture and motivating its amateur and professional creators to advance it.
He explained that what is new in this year's forum, which is being held in the cultural centers in Tartous, Sheikh Badr, Baniyas and Safita, includes holding seminars and lectures concerned with music, including a seminar dedicated to talking about the working mechanism and conditions for licensing private music institutes, in addition to a lecture dealing with renewal in the forms of Arab singing by the Rahbani brothers.
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