Date : Sunday November 05 – 19h:30
Location : Monument National  Montréal
Hall Capacity : 740
Price : $35


A Co-Production between Festival du Monde Arabe & Festival of Arabic Music and Arts


Lebanese composer, singer and musician, Charbel Rouhana is one of the few masters who shaped the Arab lute (Oud) and its techniques. In 1990, he won the first prize of the Hirayama Competition in Japan for Best Composition entitled «Hymn of Peace». In the year 2000, he won the “Murex d’Or” as the Musician of the year. Rouhana has composed various compositions for the famous dance group “Caracalla” and has also accompanied the legendary Fairuz, Majida El Roumi, Julia Boutros, and Hariprasad Chaurasia in numerous performances.

Charbel Rouhana established a new method in playing the oud. This method was published in seven volumes and was adopted by the National Conservatory of Music in Lebanon and the Faculty of Music in the Holy Spirit University, where he has been teaching since 1986.

The Canadian Arabic Orchestra will be accompanying Rouhana for this show/program in Toronto and Montreal.


The Canadian Arabic Orchestra is a non-profit organisation based in Mississauga registered in Ontario in spring 2015, with the goal of promoting multicultural dialogue among the tapestry of Canadian Society through music and songs performing concerts in many cities around Canada.

The professional musical group presented its first concert in the summer of 2014, Since its establishment, the Orchestra has sought to connect expatriate Arabs with their classical Arabic musical culture to maintain this cultural heritage in the hearts and minds of the Arab community in Canada and presenting it to future generations. At the same time, the Orchestra seeks to engage with all non-Arab communities in the Canadian cultural melting pot.

The Canadian Arabic Orchestra aims to enrich by educating people about the vast Arabic cultural and musical heritage, and to inspire more musical creativity resulting from exposure to this type of music by both Arab and non-Arab musicians who wish to contribute to the music scene in Canada by composing and writing new music. Over the past two seasons, from September to May, the Orchestra has held more than 30 concerts in Ottawa, Montreal, Kitchener, London, Mississauga, Toronto, and Oakville performing to an audience of 12,000. We have performed at the Mississauga Living Arts Centre, Aga Khan Museum, the Maureen Forrester Recital Hall in Waterloo, the Algonquin Commons Theatre in Ottawa, Oscar Peterson Concert Hall in Montreal and most recently at the Stratford Summer Music Festival (2016,) and Luminato Festival (2017).

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