Fawaz Kannout’s Muntada with Lubana Al Quntar and Usama Baalbaki
Date(s) - 09/15/2019
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Community House
Fawaz Kannout’s Muntada
Lubana Al Quntar was granted the title of the first opera singer in Syria, and named as the first Arab opera singer to attend opera voice competitions. Her rare voice ability enabled her to sing different and wide repertoire between classical Arabic songs, folk, traditional, pop, and classical opera as a dramatic coloratura. Born in Damascus, Lubana was the first Arab to win the 4th prize at the 1997 International Singing competition in Belgrade, and the 5th prizeat the prestigious Queen Elizabeth singing competition in Brussels. Lubana had completed her academic studies at the Royal College of Music in London with Professor Kennith Wollom, and Damascus High institute of Music with Professor Galina Khaldieva, as well as Maastricht Academy of Musicin Holland where she studied and graduated with a degree in Opera singing performance & Music Groups and Associations with Mystra Mya Besselik.
Usama Baalbaki is one of the leading Arab vocalists in Arab America today. A superb vocalist, he is also an accomplished musician as well. Originally from Lebanon, Baalbaki is known for his eclectic style of music from Arab pop to the classics. He is also a board member and lead vocalist with the Michigan Arab Orchestra and has performed classical pieces from Mohamed Abdul Wahab, Abdel Halim Hafez and music from the folk and classical genres. Baalbaki has traveled throughout the U.S., Canada, South America and the Arab world where he has performed at numerous weddings and cultural events.