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AMMAN – On Thursday, April 6, 2017, the Choir of the Sacred Heart of Jesus parish in Tla’a Al-Ali, Amman presented  its traditional Easter concert in the parish Church.  The four-voices choir brilliantly performed a classical repertory, Arabic songs, and compositions by the conductor, Faris Abasi.  Music pieces were chosen with care to internalize the Passion of Christ until His Resurrection.
A sacred parish choir “best choir of Jordan” in 2008

For this big event, Bishop William Shomali, Patriarchal Vicar in Jordan, Msgr. Roberto Cona, Apostolic Chargé d’affaires in Amman, and Bishop  Maroun Lahham, Vicar Emeritus, were present. Eagerly anticipated, as every year, hundreds of faithful came from all over the city and surroundings.  Founded in 1993 by Akram Nassar,  then directed for more than 15 years by the conductor Saif Abbasi, this choir gradually acquired a certain reputation and in 2008 was awarded “the best choir of Jordan”. Father Ala, parish priest of the Sacred Heart Church always reminds that, “It is first of all a parish choir that has grown! ”

To the rhythm of Faris Abbasi

Before its fame, the choir went through a long journey of developing and growing over time. The sixty singers perform today throughout Jordan during masses and concerts. For two years, it was the charismatic Faris Abbasi who took the lead. In the Sacred Heart Church, well-lit for the occasion, the maestro guides his ensemble with fervor, his hand motions according to the intensity of the musical compositions, between the Passion and Resurrection – Bach, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven … the great composers alongside more Oriental tunes, some composed by Faris Abbasi himself, borne by percussions and the deep voices of some well-chosen soloists.

It is 9:00 p.m., the audience holds its breath on the last notes.  A thunderous applause salutes the singers and musicians. To close this musical and spiritual evening, Bishop Shomali steps to the podium to bless the faithful and performers. The audience leaves with hearts in jubilation, ready to live the Holy Week.

Claire Guigou

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