Firas Andari and his ensemble perform ‘Taht al-Anab al-Tufah’ at metro al-Madina Friday evening.
Photo courtesy of Metro al-Madina
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Metro al-Madina's performance hall was crowded with people, sitting around tables filled with food and fancy cocktails on a Friday evening.Nowadays many performers, including vocalist Firas Andari and his ensemble, perform these tunes with secular, innocently flirtatious lyrics.Since improvisation is integral to Arabic classical music, he added, the musicians must interact with each other as a tune is shaped.Andari's wish that classical music be performed more frequently seems to fly in the face of popular taste, with pop music streaming from car radios and pubs all over Beirut.As they dance boisterously to these old Halabi tunes this evening, the differences between Arabic classical and pop music doesn't seem to matter much to the Metro's audience.
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