The Cathedral continues to stand with the people of Lebanon as they continue to recover from the devastating explosion in Beirut that compounded the pandemic and economic crises already underway. In this video, Associate Organist Raymond Nagem, who is himself of Lebanese ancestry, plays the Ouverture Libanaise by Naji Hakim, in a performance dedicated to the strength and resilience of the people of Beirut.
Naji Hakim was born in Beirut in 1955. He studied in France, and became organist of La Trinité in Paris, where his illustrious predecessors included Alexandre Guilmant and Olivier Messiaen. His Ouverture Libanaise is based on several Lebanese folk tunes, and towards the end quotes the Lebanese national anthem.