MESTO, the Multi-Ethnic Star Orchestra, returns to Muscat, Oman under the leadership of Maestro Nabil Azzam, four years after they were invited to participate in the opening celebrations of the Royal Opera House Muscat in 2012.
MESTO will be featuring and performing a collection of pieces by the great Egyptian composer M. Abd al-Wahhab, as well as an assortment of folkloric and classical songs with Superstar Singer Mohammad Assaf.
Maestro Nabil Azzam is a seasoned conductor, talented composer and arranger as well as a versatile violinist and virtuoso Arabic 'Ud instrumentalist. He has arranged a majority of the 170 or so compositions in MESTO's repertoire and has composed several of them, utilizing his thorough understanding of both western music theory and the "3/4 tones" or "red notes" used in traditional Arabic and Asian music.
Mohammed Assaf, the remarkably talented young Palestinian who won the Arab Idol contest in 2013 and continues to thrill audiences with his powerful and entrancing voice, will sing from his popular repertoire of classic Arab songs.
Jasmine, by Nabil Azzam, solo qanun Lilit Khojayan
el-Mallah "The Sailor", by Nabil Azzam
Amal Hayati, by M. Abd al-Wahhab, featuring Fahd Shaaban on Buzuq
Intal Hobb, by M. Abd al-Wahhab
Balad el-Mahboub, by M. Abd al-Wahhab
Vocal: Featuring Mohammad Assaf
Akhi, a song of M. Abd al-Wahhab, by M. Abd al-Wahhab
Kulli Da Kan Laih, a song of M. Abd al-Wahhab, by M. Abd al-Wahhab
Ala Hisb Wdad, a song of Abd al-Halim Hafez, by Baligh Hamdi
el-Kufiyyeh, a song of M. Assaf, by Ali Bader
Aiwa haGhanni, a song of M. Assaf, by M. Raheem
Safini Marra, a song of Abd al-Halim Hafez, by M. el-Mougi
Khatarna Ala Balak, a song of Tony Hanna, by Rafiq Hubeiqa
Biktub Ismik Ya Bladi, a song of Elie Choueiri, by Elie Choueiri
Ward el-Asayil, a song of M. Assaf, by Yaser Omar