Inside the Middle East
July 10, 2009
Posted: 1101 GMT

Note from IME Producer: If you attend one of these performances please send us your impressions, pictures and videos!

July 14th through 18th: Grease The Musical – Recently voted number 1 musical of all times, Grease The Musical, with the original London superproduction, is the ultimate family show with the feel-good mood of the fifties and a brilliant collection of timeless songs.

July 19th: Jethro Tull – Ian Anderson, rock flutist, brilliant composer and extravagant showman, founded Jethro Tull in 1968. Jethro Tull acquired a worldwide cult status, creating classic masterpieces such as "Aqualung", "Thick as a Brick" or Anderson's reinterpretation on flute of Bach's "Bouree". All of these hits and many more will be performed at Byblos to a rock audience ranging from 15 to 65.

July 21st: Misia, The new voice of Portuguese fado takes Amalia Rodriguez musical heritage to new heights, adding her own modern and electric touch. This superb singer will interpret a selection of great fado classics as well as pop covers ranging from Dalida to Johnny Cash.

July 23rd: Gonzales – CocoRosie – Y.A.S
Gonzales, an outstanding, provocative performer, will play his "Solo Piano" pieces, reminiscent of the work of Erik Satie and Keith Jarrett.
CocoRosie, founded in New York by the Casady sisters, CocoRosie mixes folk ballads with electronic rhythms, creating a truly innovative and sensual sound.
Y.A.S – Yasmine Hamdan, ex-singer of "Soap Kills", is back to Lebanon with a new album "Arabology" produced by Mirwais, Madonna's sound producer.

August 8th through 12th: Saif 840, a historical epic play by Mansour Rahbani. The story of people eager for freedom and seeking to live in dignity, a story of resistance against repression, injustice, invaders and tyrans.

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