Where Eastern and Western classical music meets
We are just as unaware of the fact Mozart once performed in The Hague and Amsterdam, as we are of his widespread fame in the Middle East. At least in Damascus, where soprano Mireille Bittar sang his songs. Together with her fellow countryman Feras Khouri, specialist in composing and arranging Middle Eastern music, she founded the Mozaiek Ensemble.
Like separate stones in a tableau that gradually reveals its secret the ensemble interprets songs that have been rearranged in a surprising mix of Eastern and Western classical music. Their goal is “To bring these two worlds together and build bridges”. Pieces by Albinoni, Mozart and Verdi alongside those of the Rahbani Brothers, Göksel Baktagir and Zaki Nassif suddenly shine from a completely new perspective.