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Postage stamp honors Zaki Nassif centennial
12/19/2016
Safa Jafari Safa  |  Office of Communications  |  media@aub.edu.lb  | 
Postage stamp honors Zaki Nassif centennial
On the occasion of the centennial of the birth of Zaki Nassif, a postage stamp has been issued by LibanPost, in coordination with Ministry of Telecommunications, to commemorate the late composer as a pillar of Lebanese heritage. A limited collection of 30,000 stamps and 750 numbered first day covers has become available in all LibanPost offices.

A ceremony was held at College Hall in the presence of AUB Trustee Emeritus and founder of the Zaki Nassif Program for Music Friends Club, Dr. Ali Ghandoor; Interim-Provost Mohamad Harajli; Chairperson of the Zaki Nassif Program for Music, Dr. Nabil Nassif; upper administration from AUB and LibanPost; as well as members of the Nassif family. 

“A music giant of Lebanon has been honored," said Dr. Mohamad Harajli, “This, like AUB's establishment of the Zaki Nassif Program, is an effort to memorialize Zaki Nassif and the rich legacy he has touched everyone's lives with. AUB remains committed to preserve the heritage of Zaki Nassif as part of Lebanon's musical heritage and the quest for the development of Arab music study via modern academic programs."

This honoring of Zaki Nassif and his work is an initiative taken by the AUB Zaki Nassif Program, the AUB Development Office, and the family of Zaki Nassif. On the stamp is a photo of Zaki Nassif and scripts showing his photos and handwritten song lyrics; most visibly showing on top is his famous song Raje' Yet'amar Libnan.

The Zaki Nassif Program for Music was instated in December 2004 in AUB's Faculty of Arts and Sciences to preserve and promote the musical heritage of Zaki Nassif. Managed by an Academic Committee selected from all AUB faculties, the program seeks to foster excellence in the teaching of music and to contribute to its advancement through a variety of activities, including competitions, concerts, conferences, and seminars; presentations by professional performers and scholars; and fellowships, scholarships, and prizes to promote musical excellence in performance and research.

In January 2008, all 1,100 compositions by Zaki Nassif were transferred to AUB's Jafet Library as part of the heritage preservation project unique in Lebanon and the Middle East. The program has been organizing an annual school competition since 2009, “A choir from every School", and in 2013-2014 started a yearly “AUB Zaki Nassif Festival," consisting of monthly events during each academic year.  In February, 2015, the “AUB Zaki Nassif Arabic Ensemble," was initiated, with performance by members of the AUB Community.

“Since its foundation in 2004, the Zaki Nassif Program has been going strong between AUB and our family," said Dr. Nabil Nassif. “Today is a milestone in our program, as the Zaki Nassif heritage becomes nationally endorsed and honored with a national stamp."
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  • ​On the occasion of the centennial of the birth of Zaki Nassif, a postage stamp has been issued by LibanPost, in coordination with Ministry of Telecommunications, to commemorate the late composer as a pillar of Lebanese heritage. A limited collection of 30,000 stamps and 750 numbered first day covers has become available in all LibanPost offices.
 
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