Rima Khcheich (Photo: Rima Khcheich s Facebook page)
“I am so happy to share with you my upcoming concerts in Holland alongside great singers, choirs, and musicians,” Khcheich wrote in her post, presenting ‘Al-Bahr’ project, in which she will be collaborating with Cappella Amsterdam in her upcoming tour.
“It is going to be great, I promise,” she added.
Between 26 October and 6 November Khcheich will give a total of six concerts with the choir in five Dutch cities.
The tour details point to numerous unique locations that will host the concerts, starting with Amsterdam, where she will perform on 26 October within the ‘Ud Festival’ at Meervart Theatre; followed by a concert at Concertgebouw de Vereeniging, an art nouveau/art deco style concert hall in Nijmegen on 27 October.
There will also be a performance at the famed concert hall in Haarlem on 28 October and in Grote Kerk, a formerly Protestant church in Alkmaar on 29 October.
Her concerts in November include a performance in Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam’s main concert hall for contemporary classical music on 3 November and one in Nieuwe Kerk or the ‘New Church’ in The Hague on 5 November, followed by a show in The Great Church in Den Bosch on 6 November.
“I will be singing very beautiful arrangements of Maarten Ornstein,” Khcheich announced on her Facebook page.
An inimitable voice, Khcheich secured a huge fan base in the Arab world with her brilliant amalgamation of turath (Arabic heritage) and western music, including jazz melodies.
Besides revisiting the Arab music library, Khcheich has also performed new compositions in the Arab world and internationally.
Born in 1974 in the village of Al-Khiam in south Lebanon, Khcheich’s was raised on traditional Arabic music. During her childhood, she became acquainted with the music of Oum Kalthoum, Mohamed Abdel-Wahab, Wadie El-Safi, Zakariyya Ahmed, and Mohamed Fawzy.
Her passion for music earned her a spot in the Beirut Oriental Troupe for Arabic Music and later on with Sahab, where she performed as a soloist for 17 years.
In parallel to her budding music career, Khcheich also taught at the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music, where she originally acquired a diploma in oriental singing.
After almost two decades of performing classical muwashahat — a genre of classical Arabic music which came to light in Al-Andalus/Southern Spain — Khcheich embarked on a new adventure more than a decade ago, this time presenting a reintroduction of this classical music form aided by modern Western arrangements.
Khcheich taught classical Arabic singing and muwashahat to students at the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music. She currently teaches Arabic music at the Lebanese American University and the American University of Beirut.
While touring across Arab stages, Khcheich visited Egypt on a few occasions, garnering much praise from her Egyptian fans.
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