Lebanese pianist Michel Fadel regales Jeddah music lovers

Lebanese pianist Michel Fadel performs in Jeddah on Thursday. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
Updated 18 November 2017

Lebanese pianist Michel Fadel regales Jeddah music lovers

JEDDAH: Lebanese composer and pianist Michel Fadel entertained his Saudi fans with a two-hour performance at Juman Park on Thursday.
This was the second concert for a famous Arab pianist to be held at Juman Park in the King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC). The first, for the well-known musician Omar Khairat, was in March.
Michel Fadel told Arab News afterward: “I am so glad and proud to be here tonight in Jeddah; I feel like it is the first concert ever in my life. Everyone was asking me ‘what are you going to do in Saudi Arabia, is it true that concerts are possible there?’ The audience was awesome and people here were really enjoying it.”
Fadel performed a number of songs by legends of Arabic and international music, such as Umm Kulthum, Fairuz and Andrea Bocelli.
Afnan Al-Najjar, a Saudi housewife, said: “I really enjoyed this classy, well-organized night.”
Faris Eskandarany, a project manager at KAEC, told Arab News: “This is not my first time attending a concert in Jeddah, as the first was for the great musician Omar Khairat. But what attracted me to today’s concert was that we are from the same generation and I used to see him on Star Academy on TV, but I never had the chance to attend any of his shows. So, it is a wonderful chance to have him here today.”
Fadel has been playing the piano since the age of three. He received his master’s degree in piano from the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music in 1998.
He studied musical composition and orchestra leadership in France at the Bologna Conservatory. In 2000, he took part in the World Championship of Performing Arts in Hollywood as an instrumentalist composer and won first prize in this category.
Fadel has worked with singers such as Elissa, Nancy Ajram, Carole Samaha, Nawal Al-Zoghbi, Ziad Botros, Adam and Nabil Shuail. He has played the piano at the concerts of Fairuz, Magda El-Roumi and Julia Boutros and has written soundtracks for several series, films and advertisements.
The concert was sponsored by the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) and E Plus, a Saudi entertainment company under the Okaz umbrella of companies that specializes in creating new events and concepts, and organizes international shows.
GEA has announced three similar concerts to be held by the end of the year for music legends Yanni, Khadim Al-Saher and Balqees.

Saudi campaign against corruption a pillar of Vision 2030, says anti-graft chief

The main office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha) in Riyadh. (AN file photo)
Updated 25 May 2018

Saudi campaign against corruption a pillar of Vision 2030, says anti-graft chief

JEDDAH: The president of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha), Dr. Khaled bin Abdulmohsen Al-Muhaisen, lauded King Salman for his efforts to fight corruption.

Those efforts have had a great impact, Al-Muhaisen told the UN General Assembly on the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC).

The fight against corruption cannot succeed unless it is based on a clear vision, political support, and complementary national and international efforts, he added.

The main foundations of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plan are transparency, integrity and fighting corruption, he said, adding: “The Kingdom does not give anyone immunity in corruption cases.”

Al-Muhaisen thanked the UN Secretariat for convening the meeting, and thanked the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) for its efforts with state parties to implement UNCAC.

He commended all international efforts to prevent and fight corruption, stressing the importance of cooperation among states to enable sustainable development in fair and transparent environments.

Saudi Arabia is among 184 countries that are party to UNCAC.