The Magnificat on the Mount of Olives

November 22nd 2015

Excelling students perform at the BYU Jerusalem Center

Also this year, the Magnificat Institute was among the highlights of the concert season organized by the Jerusalem Center of the Brigham Young University known to the wider public as the Mormon University. The concert season includes local and international artists and it takes place in the magnificent hall of the university overlooking the Old City and the most iconic monuments of Jerusalem. 

The image of Fadi Sabat’s hands moving swiftly over the keyboard of the grand piano translated in visuals the challenging “November” by Tchaikovsky. The favoured encore of Rachmaninov found a brilliant interpreter in Fadi Sabat. 

David Aslanian took us to old time Romania with the rendition of the nostalgic “Romanian Folk Dances” by Bartok: the notes coming out of the violin brought in our minds the lost world of the peasants of Transylvania. 

Considered by Blair Johnson “one of the glorious moments” in the career of the Polish composer, Chopin’s Nocturno Op. 27 was performed with great sensitivity by Annie Aslanian. She was followed by the flautist Hadeel Sabat who gave a gracious rendition of the Fantasie for flute by Fauré. 

The closing act of the concert was a song by the Yasmeen Choir, conducted by Hani Kreitem and accompanied on the piano by Jiries Boullata. “I am a small part of the world” was the title of the piece: Jerusalem, this small part of the world, was again brightened by the music of the Magnificat.