Mission Statement

The Los Angeles Beirut Sister City Committee was established to create a bridge of understanding and friendship between the residents of these two great cities, and to foster cultural, social, and business exchanges.

Sisterly ties were initiated on August 27, 2005 by Los Angeles Council Member Dennis Zine and Council President Eric Garcetti when they introduced the Council Motion to start the process of making L.A. and Beirut Sister Cities. The formal recognition was established in a signing ceremony at Nicholas Sursock Palace on June 30, 2006. Representing Beirut was Abdulmonem Al-Aris, Former President of the Beirut City Council, and former VP of the Beirut City Council, Tawfic Kfoury.

The Los Angeles-Beirut Sister City Committee is a non-sectarian, non-political organization allowing all who wish to foster goodwill between the two cities to contribute to that goal. Your contribution and support is encouraged.

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Ibrahim Maalouf

Theatre Raymond Kabbaz [mailto:trk@lyceela.org]

Subject: FRENCH-LEBANESE jazz trumpeter at TRK: Ibrahim MAALOUF

Dear Sir or Madam,

Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz (TRK), the innovative performance space at Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles, is pleased to present the prodigious Ibrahim Maalouf on Thursday, May 21, 2015 in Los Angeles, for a tribute to the greatest arabic diva in history,  Oum Kalthoum. Please find bellow all the information. We would really appreciate if you could spread the word, and help us promote this amazing concert !

 

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French-Lebanese trumpeter and composer Ibrahim Maalouf is a lyrical and refined musician, with influences ranging from Miles Davis to Led Zeppelin. Born in Beirut, he  discovered trumpet with his father Nassim Maalouf – a former student of Maurice André and the first Arabic trumpeter to play Western classical music. His father invented in the sixties the quarter-tone trumpet (with a fourth valve). The monotonous and insistent music that comes out of this particular trumpet is the expression of an age-old culture. Nobody before his father had thought of paying tribute to it by adapting the Arabic musical language to the trumpet thought the real quarter tones system.

 

”     To mark the 40th anniversary of the loss of Arabic diva Umm Kulthum (Oum Kalthoum), I had a strong desire to cover one of her most successful songs : “Alf Leila wa Leila” (One Thousand and One Nights), undoubtedly her greatest hit, is far more popular and richer in folkloreThis piece is all-time classics that is celebrated across the Arab world, and yet it remains virtually unknown in the rest of the world. So this was an opportunity for me to present this symphonic masterpiece which celebrate the voice of the Arab world’s most popular singer.     “ – Ibrahim Maalouf

From Sting to Arthur H… via Disiz la Peste, Mathieu Chedid, Amadou & Mariam and Vanessa Paradis, trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf has long been one of the most sought-after musicians to accompany such artists in a wide variety of styles, not only in the studios but also onstage. And yet despite the pleasure and rich artistic experience gained from working with these artists, Ibrahim hasn’t been sidetracked from his own priorities : composing and developing his work in a highly personal manner so that the extent of his gifts as an instrumentalist – and the  diversity of his own influences – can express themselves to the full.

The event begins at 7:30pm at Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz, which is located at 10361 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90064 (310-286-0553). Tickets are $40 for adults and $30 for students. A no host bar will be available. Tickets can be purchased here.

 

Thank you in advance.

Best regards,

TEAM TRK 

Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz | Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles

10361 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Tel: 310 286 0553
Fax: 310 558 8069
trk@lyceela.org

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Lebanon: the Melody of Divine Harmony

THE INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
IS SHOWCASING LEBANON FOR THE FIRST TIME

Join us for the 63rd International Benefit Ball, Lebanon: the Melody of Divine Harmony.
Enjoy Lebanese heritage, culture, music, dance, and fusion food.
Meet the Consular Corps in Los Angeles.
Hurry to book your place in the Ball
Donate for a page in the program book.
Call us now.
Contact Ball Chair, Aida Gaona, @ (818) 363 -1003

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May 8th, 2015 Mother of the Year Award

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LEBANESE AMERICAN FOUNDATION GOLF CLASSIC – May 4th 2015

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LABSC December 2014 Newsletter

Season’s Greetings

LABSC Board of Directors extends their season’s greetings on this blessed Christmas time. Hope you are all enjoying and creating some warm and lasting memories with family and friends. As you ring in 2015 may our heartfelt wishes for a safe and prosperous New Year resonate across the oceans and into the hearts of the people of our two great cities, Los Angles and Beirut.

Newly-elected LABSC President

LABSC will ring in 2015 with our newly elected board of directors with president Tony Morillo at the helm. It is with great pride and joy that I pass the baton to Mr. Tony Morillo, who has served as my Vice President with his unwavering support and silent strength. Tony and Najwa Morillo, this magnanimous couple, have been extending their philanthropy and community service with numerous NGOs and for many years. Their generosity in all aspects of service reflect an incredibly gifted and caring people whose sole purpose is to bring unity and spread goodwill among our community. I look forward to Mr. Morillo’s vision for LABSC and anticipate tremendous growth as our organization reaches new heights under his capable leadership.

As I complete my tenure as president, may I express my deep gratitude to an amazing group of people, the LABSC Board of Directors. You, our board, have served diligently and sacrificially on so many levels and assisted me in accomplishing the goals set before us. Thank you for allowing me the privilege of serving you and our community in piloting new programs, strengthening our presence among the Sister Cities of LA, continuing our cultural exchanges/projects and honoring our community leaders with two successfully themed award ceremonies. Our mission for LABSC continues to focus on building bridges of communication, tolerance and lasting connections for the people of LA and Beirut.

Our December Newsletter highlights our LABSC’s 2014 Annual Gala, our pilot-project for the student/exchange Engineering Internship, our president’s concert with the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra and her lecture-presentation with the US Embassy program in Lebanon.

May I take my final bow as LABSC president having enjoyed a harmonious journey of building friendships, strengthening ties and creating a legacy of people-to-people with peace-filled bonds.

– Dr. Joanna Medawar Nachef, Out-going President

2014 LABSC Annual Gala——GATSBY’S NIGHT IN ALL WHITE

On Friday, November 7, Los Angeles Beirut Sister Cities held its Annual Gala at the exquisite Taglyan Complex in Hollywood. This year, our organization was graced with a special appearance and address by our beloved Mayor of Los Angeles, the Honorbale Eric Garceltti. Back in 2005, as LA City Council President, Mr. Garcetti initiated the first steps toward the twining of Los Angeles and Beirut. Almost a decade later, our organization continues to flourish with the support of our city officials and community leaders. Councilmember/Sister Cities of LA Chairman, Tom LaBonge, former Councilman Dennis Zine, the honorable Superior Court Jugde James Kaddo, Beirut City Councilman Nadim Costa, LA Sister Cities President Tom Gilmore, religious leaders, NGO presidents and board members, our Lebanese/American community as well as our LA City staff and Angelinos made our gala most special with their presence and support.

This year’s recipients of our Distinguished Service Award were Los Angeles Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and Middle East Airlines General Manager of the Americas Adib Kassis. The award is presented to community leaders for their exemplary dedication to and support of the mission of Los Angeles Beirut Sister Cities. Both honorees have been most instrumental in the development of our organization from its early stages to the present time.

Our gala chair, Mrs. Amira Matar, worked most diligently with our board and gala committee to produce a classy, true-to-the-Gatsby-era event, with a live Big Band and an elegant night in all white. This fundraiser provides LABSC with funds to support our most recent pilot project of the Engineering Internship/Student-Exchange Program for university students from Lebanon. Our gala proceeds will help fund scholarships for another group of students from Lebanon for 2015. Thank you all for attending and sharing in our investment in the future generation.

2014 Student/Exchange Engineering Internship in LA

The first Student Exchange Program took place in Los Angeles, from September 8-23, 2014. Four engineering students from three Lebanese Universities came to Los Angeles for a two-week engineering internship with the City of Los Angeles and attended sessions on Civic Engagement and Citizen Diplomacy. Following a selection and interview process to evaluate the qualified candidates, the LABSC board selected four senior/graduate students from the American University of Beirut, the Lebanese American University, and Balamand University. The selected students were: Maha Mrad and Abeer Haddad (AUB), Rached Rached (University of Balamand), and Joe Karam (LAU).

Their internship included the following City Facilities, Companies, sites and seminars at: The Port of Los Angeles, Machado Lake-Echo Park Lake Construction Site, The Hyperion Treatment Facility, Plan Check Counter for Public Works, Geotechnical Engineering firm, LADWP, USC ASCE Presentation, Morillo Construction, a visit with LA Commissioner Kevin James, a visit with LA Sister Cities Chairman Councilmember Tom LaBonge, CSUN, Loyola Marymount University, and LA City Hall. While the cultural excursions included Disneyland, Universal Studios, Hollywood Bowl, Greek Theatre, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Beirut Nights Cruise, and other historic landmarks in LA. At The Human Relations Commission of the City of Los Angeles with New Ground, and LMU Interactive Dialogue the students also participated in conversations about what it means to be civically engaged and exchange ideas with the goal of learning capacity building techniques for a more stable and peaceful society.

During the evaluation luncheon, our board member, Camille Alick,summarized their experience with the following words: “The students all shared with us how they received valuable information from the program. The students were an amazing group of young adults who were curious, eager to learn and grateful for this wonderful opportunity. They also enthusiastically enjoyed all their exciting and interesting cultural excursions. “

At our Farewell Dinner, the four students were presented to our community leaders and partner NGOs at PHOENICIA RESTAURANT. They individually and eloquently shared their impressions and newly acquired knowledge with a power-point presentation. It was most inspiring to hear them share what they learned during the program and how they plan to implement these new ideas, experiences and skills into their current organizations, studies and work when they return home to Lebanon.

A huge debt of gratitude is owed to all our city engineers who invested their time and resources is facilitating this internship:

Pascal Challita, Grading Division Chief, City of LA, Department of Building and Safety
Walid Azar, Vice President, Project Management Construction Services Group
Robel Afewerki, Civil Engineer, Port of Los Angeles
Raymond Haddad, Principal Engineer, Creative Geotechnical, Inc
& Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering and Construction Management, California State University Northridge
Adel Hagekhalil, Assistant Director, Bureau of Sanitation – City of Los Angeles
Tony Morillo, President of Morillo Construction
Serge Haddad, Waterworks Engineer, City of Los Angeles, Department of Water and Power
Ayman Jabbouri, Civil engineering Associate II, City of Los Angeles, Bureau of Sanitation

Beirut City Council Visit

During Dr. Nachef’s recent visit to Lebanon over Thanksgiving, she presented the four engineering students to Beirut City Council President Dr. Bilal Hamad and Councilmember Nadim Costa. The students were able to share their experiences in LA with photos and personal testimonials. Dr. Hamad encouraged the students to design a presentation that will he will support with his attendance at each of their university campuses. The students also expressed their desire to implement some of what they learnt with city council projects.

Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra Concert in Beirut

Dr. Joanna Medawar Nachef’s Concert in Lebanon

Our President was invited by the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music and the Artistic Director of the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra, Maestro Harout Fazlian, to guest conduct the orchestra on November 28, 2014. The concert took place at St. Joseph’s Church in Achrafieh, featuring Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 8″, Mozart’s “Vesperae Solennes” with NDU and Antonine Univeristy Choruses and the world premiere of the orchestral work entitled “Hope” by the young 22 year-old Lebanese composer, George Tomb. Dr. Nachef chose to include this new composition in her first concert with LPO to encourage the up-and-coming generation of musicians to pursue their dreams of performing and composing. The audience was most inspired by the music of the giant Beethoven and the genius Mozart, and they were also most enchanted by the young composer’s talent.

The News and Social Media in Lebanon and the Arab World came alive with this premiere and highlighted this young composer over the past month on a regular basis. This demonstrated how worthy talent should be encouraged and how a positive response will follow. Here again, another bridge of hope is built for the generation to come.

“Pursue Your Dreams” – US Embassy’s Program

“Pursue your Dreams” -Dr. Nachef’s presentation at the US Embassy’s program

The US Embassy arranged for our President. Joanna Medawar Nachef, during her recent visit to Lebanon to speak to young female students in the English Access Microsholarship Program. This is a program sponsored by the Embassy to educate under-privileged students to learn English as well as leadership and life skills. The students also attended the concert and enjoyed taking pictures with the conductor on stage. Below is the news release with pictures on the Embassy’s Facebook page:

Pusue your dreams and break barriers! And attend a free Philharmonic Orchestra concert…

Students from the English Access Microscholarship Program met with Joanna Nachef, the first recognized female conductor from the Middle East. Joanna, a native Lebanese, shared her story with the young women of Access program and encouraged them to pursue their dreams, believe in themselves and consider their gender as a source of strength. Joanna’s patriotism to her native country Lebanon was clear with her heartfelt renditions of famous Lebanese songs, and her love for her adopted country the United States was just as obvious for it was the place where her talent was discovered and nurtured.

Joanna will be conducting a concert at the St. Joseph’s Church in Achrafieh this evening @ 8:30pm. Admission is free! Please come out and experience the great music created when Lebanese and Americans combine their talents.

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2014 LABSC Annual Gala – Invitation

On Friday, November 7th, 2014, we will be hosting our 2014 Annual Gala honoring The Honorable Mitch O’Farrell, Los Angeles City Councilmember – 13th District, and Mr. Adib Kassis, USA General Manager Middle East Airlines-Air Liban.

Please click above to see it in greater detail for information on the location, ticket prices, and further details. You may download and save the image by right-clicking the image and selecting “Save image as”. The deadline for tickets is Friday, October 31, 2014, so please make reservations as soon as possible.

LABSC Spring Newsletter 2014

As we “spring” forward into summer, we at LABSC hope that you have enjoyed the first half of this year. Our sister city program has been reaping the fruits of our labor with numerous activities that continue to blossom and grow. Our community involvement, cultural and student exchanges, and other collaborative efforts have kept this hard-working team of board members vigilant and vibrant.

This newsletter will highlight several important achievements and future projects, including Save-the-Date for our Annual Gala. Please join us on November 7, 2014 as we honor LA Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and Middle East Airlines, USA Manager Adeeb Kassis.

Your contribution and support are crucial to our mission of fostering goodwill between the cities of Los Angeles and Beirut.

Enthusiastically,
Dr. Joanna Medawar Nachef, President

LA Art Show 2014

Wednesday, January 15th was the Opening Premiere for the exquisite LA Art Show at the Convention Center. This year, the cities of Bordeaux & LA celebrated their 50th anniversary with a special party where Mayor Garcetti recognized Council-member Tom LaBonge for his service as chairman of the Sister Cities of LA. Our magnanimous board member, Talal Baydoun, under-wrote the cost of our participation at this important sister-city event.

Luncheon with Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell

In March, our current Treasurer, Amira Matar, organized a very successful and productive luncheon with LA Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell. With the attendance of Consul General of Lebanon, Johnny Ibrahim, board members from the House of Lebanon and LA Beirut Sister Cities congratulated Councilmember O’Farrell on his success as an elected official. Mitch O’Farrell is a big supporter of and was most instrumental in the twinning of LA and Beirut in 2006, while he served as legislative deputy for LA City Council President, Eric Garcetti, at the time.

IVCLA/LABSC/HOL Co-sponsored receptions for two delegations from Lebanese Universities

The First Co-Sponsored Reception with LABSC on April, 4th

Our Board Member Janet Elliott, who also serves as the Executive Director of the International Visitors Council of Los Angeles, offered us the opportunity to co-host two receptions for a group of managers from five Lebanese universities. The first reception was held at our board member, Ferris Wehbe’s Next Door Lounge in Hollywood. The members of Lebanese delegation were participants in a USAID-sponsored program for Lebanese universities, focusing on monitoring, evaluation and research for Universities”. The honorable Johnny Ibrahim and his lovely wife Maya attended the event along with Superior Court Judge, the honorable Jimmy Kaddo, the LABSC and IVCLA board members.

The Second reception was co-sponsored by LABSC and House of Lebanon.

International Visitors Council of Los Angeles, LABSC and House of Lebanon held a reception at House of Lebanon’s Cultural Center on May 7th for participants in a USAID-sponsored program for Higher Education in Lebanon. This group was here to discuss Human Resources for universities. Those who attended the reception said it was a great opportunity to showcase LABSC to IVCLA members who are not part of the Lebanese community. It also introduced non-Lebanese guests to the House of Lebanon Cultural Center. Lebanese participants truly enjoyed learning about the great work the Lebanese community is doing in Los Angeles.

CULTURAL EXCHANGE – ANTONINE UNIVERSITY CHOIR 2014 Los Angeles Debut and Concert Tour

LABSC co-sponsored the Antonine University Choir’s visit to LA. Dr. Joanna Nachef invited, designed and coordinated a rich itinerary which included a performance at the LA City Hall Rotunda on Friday April 11th, an official introduction by Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell during the City Council General Meeting and a certificate presentation to Fr. Toufic Maatouk and the choir. Our board member, Ara Kalfayan, and owner of Phoenicia Restaurant, hosted the choir with a lovely reception and a delectable feast after the City Hall performance. The Chorale then gave a moving concert at Our Lady of Mount Lebanon Cathedral in Beverly Hills, where they were warmly received by the Lebanese community.

The choir had the wonderful opportunity to visit the dress rehearsal of the Chamber Singers at the University of Southern California, where they were invited to sing a few Lebanese songs. Another unique experience was their attendance at the prestigious Los Angeles Master Chorale rehearsal.

On Sunday, April 13th, they gave a historic performance at EL Camino Comuunity College with Rutter’s “Mass of the Children” and Pergolesi’ “Stabat Mater”. Three American Choirs (El Camino Chorale, Los Cancioneros Master Chorale, and the South Bay Children’s Choir) and the Lebanese choir joined forces with a professional orchestra, under the batons of Dr. Joanna Medawar Nachef and Fr. Toufic Maatouk. The Antonine Choir was then featured in the second half with music from the Lebanese culture as well as classical pieces. The audience expressed their deep appreciation with unending standing-ovations.

These cultural exchanges demonstrate the importance of the “universal language” of music that bridges people of all cultures, ages, and walks of life.

Sister Cities of Los Angeles, General Meeting: June 5, 2014

On June 5, 2014, Tom Gilmore, the new President of Sister Cities of Los Angeles, program director Kamilla Blanche, and Councilmember Tom LaBonge, 4th District, Chairman of Sister Cities of Los Angeles, collectively invited the Sister Cities to attend this gathering. Mr. Gilmore shared his new vision for this organization, introduced the new board members, which includes our LABSC president, Dr. Nachef, and inspired the committees to work closely together to strength our ties and presence in LA.

Arab Film Festival

Board member, Camille Alick, who has previously served on the Arab Film Festival board, is taking the lead on the upcoming premiere of the Lebanese Film “West Beirut”. The Screening will take place on Saturday, June 21st at 7:30pm at the Bing Theater. For more information, please follow the link:
http://www.oscars.org/events-exhibitions/events/2014/06/arab-cinema-classics.html

Bing Theater
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Student-Exchange Project

Our board members, Dr. Lina Kreidie (UCI and AUB Professor) and Mr. Ayman Jabbouri (CSUN and LA City Engineer) have co-led the upcoming Student-Exchange and Engineering Internship Program selection process of four Lebanese University students from three institutions, AUB, LAU, and Balamand University. LABSC will host four engineering students from Beirut this fall to allow them the opportunity to gain valuable experience in city engineering projects as well as participation in a conference on Civic Engagement and Interfaith Tolerance.

SAVE THE DATE

2014 LABSC Annual Gala

“Gatsby’s Night in All White”
Honoring
Los Angeles Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell
MEA USA Manager Adeen Kassis
Friday, Nov. 7, 2014
6:30pm Reception
7:30pm GALA

Taglyan Center
1201 Vine St.
Los Angeles, CA 90038

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LABSC Spring Newsletter 2014 Photos

Here are the images from our Spring 2014 Newsletter, plus additional photos.

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Lebanese Film Premiere

Arab Cinema Classics

Mark your calendars! The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, as part of their relationship with Dubai International Film Festival, will screen two nights of Arab Cinema.

The first screening will be held on Friday, June 13th and will feature Egyptian film Cairo Station and The Night of Counting Years.

The second screening will be held on Saturday, June 21st and will feature the Lebanese film, West Beirut. Writer / Director Ziad Doueiri will take part in a Q&A immediately following the screening.

Tickets are $5 and will go on sale on June 3rd. For more information and to get tickets – please visit the AMPAS website at http://www.oscars.org/. Or click here for the AMPAS Arab Cinema page: http://www.oscars.org/events-exhibitions/events/2014/06/arab-cinema-classics.html

The Night of Counting the Years (Al-Mummia)
The Night of Counting the Years

Cairo Station (Bab el Hadid)
Cairo Station

West Beirut (West Beyrouth)
West Beirut

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LABSC December 2013 Newsletter

LABSC Board of Directors sends you the warmest wishes for a joyous Christmas, a wonderful holiday season, and a peace-filled New Year. As you celebrate this blessed time of year, may you enjoy a season filled with health, happiness, family gatherings and goodwill to all. Our board has been actively involved in cultural exchanges/projects, community gatherings, presentations/representations and award ceremonies. Our goals continue to focus on building bridges of communication, tolerance and lasting connections for the people of LA and Beirut.

Our December Newsletter highlights our LABSC’s presence at the 2013 Sister Cities’ Annual Gala, the House of Lebanon’s Cultural Center’s grand opening and Art Exhibition, our participation in the 2013 Hollywood Parade, our president’s premiere at the Beirut Chants Festival, and our congratulatory wishes to our board member Mr. Talal Baydoun as the CA Ladies Organization’s Humanitarian Award recipient.

It is such a privilege to share, serve and reach-out to the people of Los Angeles and Beirut, especially at this special time of year. We encourage you to visit our website www.labeirut.org to learn more about our activities and future projects.

May the sounds of the season uplift your spirits and allow you to celebrate the joy of living.

Dr. Joanna Medawar Nachef
President

Sister Cities’ Gala at the Gilmore House

The Sister Cities of Los Angeles had their annual gala on September 27th, at the historic Gilmore House at the Grove. Councilmember Tom LaBonge hosted this event and introduced the new Sister Cities president Mr. Tom Gilmore. Our dear friend, newly Elected Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Father, Gil Garcetti (former LA County District At torney and featured photographer in the upcoming LA Art Show), graced the event with their presence. LABSC board members, Joanna Nachef (President), Amira Matar (Treasurer), and Janet Elliott ( Secretary as well as, IVCLA President) represented our sister-city. The gala was certainly one of the major events that strengthens the ties of the entire sister cities’ membership to this community and its constituents.

House of Lebanon Grand Opening and Art Exhibition

LABSC board members attended the grand opening of the House of Lebanon’s Cultural Center with a welcoming reception which coincided with the 3rd annual Beyond Borders Art Exhibition. The event was most impressive and we wish to extend our heart-felt congratulations to the Lebanese American Foundation for this incredible feat. We are privileged to share board members, Wafa Hoballah, Amira Matar, Talal Baydoun, Ferris Wehbe, and Tony Morillo, who have labored for years to see this dream come true. Congratulations are also in order to Karen Srour and Carole Choucair for asuccessful exhibit of artists and art works. The Art Exhibition opened on October 7, 2013 and will last until January 11, 2014.

2013 Hollywood Parade

On Sunday, December 1st, the 82nd anniversary of the parade was another successful event for the City of Los Angeles that featured the Sister Cities of LA. Our LABSC Vice President, Tony Morillo represented our organization with his lovely wife, Najwa, and their traditional Lebanese costumed son and daughter, Paul and Michelle. From the heart of Hollywood the parade travelled through the boulevards bringing sounds and colors of the season.

Beirut Chants Festival – Opening Concert Dec. 1

Our President, Joanna Medawar Nachef, traveled to Lebanon over the Thanksgiving Holiday and gave her conducting debut as the first female conductor from the Middle East with the 2013 Inaugural Concert of Beirut Chants Festival. Under the High patronage of His Excellency the President of the Republic of Lebanon, General Michel Sleiman, the grand opening concert was held at St. Maron Church, Gemmayzeh, on Sunday, Decemebr 1st @ 8:00pm . The featured work was G. F. Handel’s most famous oratorio “Messiah” performed by the Beirut Chants Festival Orchestra, Antonine University Choir, and four professional soloists from Italy and Lebanon, under the baton of Dr. Nachef. Founder Micheline Abi Samra, Artistic Director Toufic Maatouk and numerous sponsors designed a series of 23 concerts that celebrate Christmas in music on every night of December throughout the city of Beirut. Reviews, interviews, photos and news links can be found on our website, www.labeirut.org. For more information, please follow this link: Dr. Nachef Captures the Magic

Dr. Nachef’s Visit with Beirut City Councilmember Nadim Costa and Dr. Lina Kriedie

Board member Dr. Lina Kreidie and Beirut City Councilmember Nadim Costa met with Dr. Nachef and discussed LABSC’s upcoming 2014 student exchange project as well as other activities, during her visit to Lebanon.

Talal Baydoun’s recipient of the CA Ladies Organization 2013 Humanitarian Award

Congratulations are in order to our LABSC board member, Talal Baydoun, for the great honor of being the 2013 recipient of the California Ladies Organization Humanitarian Award. The Lebanese/American community enjoyed an elegant gala at the exquisite Taglyan Center with honorable guests, city officials, friends and family of Mr. Baydoun. His philanthropic and humanitarian contributions have made a significant and lasting impact on our community and its numerous non-profit organizations. A million congratulations, Talal, we are proud of you!!!!!

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