The Australian Embassy in Beirut is set to present three concerts by acclaimed Australian classical flautist, Ana de la Vega, in the coming week, as part of a regional tour including Egypt and Cyprus.

On Tuesday 12 February, the Australian Embassy and the American University of Beirut will co-present Ana de la Vega in concert at the AUB Assembly Hall. Accompanied by accomplished British pianist Robin Green, Ana de la Vega will play some much-loved works for flute, by composers such as Charlies-Marie Widor, Camille Saint-Saëns, Gabrie Fauré and J.S. Bach.  The concert will commence at 8.00pm and is free to the public.

On Wednesday 13 February, Ana de la Vega and Robin Green will perform at a private function for invited guests.

On Friday 15 February, Ana de la Vega will present a very special performance, alongside the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO), as part of the LPO’s annual season.  De la Vega will be presenting the Lebanese première performance of a long-lost concerto by Czech composer Josef Mysliveček.

In December 2010, Ana de la Vega made headlines in the United Kingdom when she performed the ‘modern world première’ of the Mysliveček concerto with the English Chamber Orchestra in London. The performance was voted ‘Critics Choice’ in London’s TimeOut magazine. The concerto had not been performed in over 200 years, after the score was lost somewhere in Europe in the eighteenth century.

The Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra concert, featuring de la Vega, will be held at the St Joseph’s Church, on St Joseph’s University Street, in Monot / Achrafieh, commencing at 8.30pm.  The concert is free to the public.

Speaking ahead of the concert dates, Australian Ambassador Lex Bartlem said the Australian Embassy was honoured to be presenting Ana de la Vega to a Lebanese audience, some of whom know of Ana already. “After her stellar performance as part of last year’s Al Bustan Festival, we are delighted to have Ana return to Lebanon, to premier the Mysliveček concerto alongside the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra and to showcase her skills on the flute, alongside renowned British pianist Robin Green, at the beautiful AUB Assembly Hall.”

As part of the 2012 Al Bustan Festival, Ana de la Vega performed a varied program to great acclaim, accompanied on piano by festival artistic director Marciano Gianluca, at a special concert at the National Museum.  Mr Bartlem paid tribute to Madame Myrna Boustani for having ‘discovered’ Ana and introducing her to a Lebanese audience.

Prior to arriving in Beirut, Ana de la Vega will perform in Cairo and Nicosia, as part of a regional tour supported by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

To RSVP for the concert at St Joseph’s Church on 4 April

Please contact the Conservatory of Music on 01 489 530 / 1 / 2 /3 between 9.00am & 1.00pm


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