The Israel Festival 2013 in Jerusalem: Classical MusicThe Israel Festival 2013 in Jerusalem: Classical Music - 23 May, 2013 - 26 June, 2013
The Israel Festival 2013 in Jerusalem: Classical Music
23.05.2013 - 26.06.2013
For more information about the festival and to order tickets visit the festival's official website.
Classical Music Performances
The Israeli Vocal Ensemble and Barrocade Collective
24.5.2013 | 12:00 | The Henry Crown Concert Hall
Conductor: David Stern
Claire Meghnagi soprano
Alon Harari counter tenor
Jeffrey Francis tenor
Oded Reich bass-baritone
music director: Yuval Benozer
The Israel Festival is proud to present Handel's oratorio, Esther (1720), which is considered to be the first English oratorio. It is based on text from Racine's play by the same name.
The piece will be performed by the Israeli Vocal Ensemble, which in recent years has established itself as Israel's leading professional choral group. They will be accompanied by the unique the Baroque Orchestra, which specializes in performing ancient music with ancient instruments, while remaining true to the original music.
"Such an excellent performance, you will be truly happy at the end of this concert..." [Haaretz]
The Israel Festival in Ein Karem at the The Eden-Tamir Music Center
May 24 17:00
Baroque for Two Keyboards
Pieces by Bach, Purcell, Handel, and Scarlatti.
May 25 12:00
Schubert: The Trout Quintet in A major, D. 667.
Schubert: The String Quintet in C major, D. 956
May 31 12:00
Excellence - Young Piano Masters
Music from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance Conservatory's Aldwell Center.
May 31 17:00
Multi-Piano: Two Pianos, Four Pianists,
Twenty to Forty Fingers
The musicians will perform pieces written for four, five, six, and eight hands by Bach, Vivaldi, Rachmaninoff, Smetana, Rossini, Ravel, and Aryeh Levanon.
June 1 12:00
Brahms - String Quintet No. 2 in G major, Opus 111 (with two violas).
Shostakovich - Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, Opus 107 (adapted for a cello and string
quintet by Robert Moses).
June 7 12:00
Famous Piano Trios
Beethoven - Piano Trio in B-flat major, Opus 97
Tchaikovsky - Piano Trio in A minor, Opus 50.
June 7 17:00
Teacher and Pupil: Haydn-Beethoven
Performed on historical musical instruments,
including a fortepiano from Haydn and Beethoven's era. Courtesy of David Stern.
June 8 11:00
A Festive Concert by Ensemble Millennium
The Eden-Tamir Music Center's in-house ensemble will perform works by Bach, Vivaldi, and Beethoven.
The Rite of Spring
29.5.2013 | 20:30 | The Henry Crown Concert Hall
Conductor: Frédéric Chaslin
The Israel Festival is proud to celebrate the centennial of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring with a festive concert by the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Israel Broadcasting Authority.
This piece premiered on May 29, 1913. Although a century has passed, and the piece has entered the pantheon of the modern era, it is nevertheless difficult to remain indifferent to the power of The Rite of Spring.
The evening will open with an introductory lecture by Emanuel Halperin and a screening of a film about The Rite of Spring.
The second half of the program will feature three musical pieces:
Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring | Rimsky-Korsakov - Spanish Capriccio | Ravel - Concerto for the Left Hand.
Piano soloist: Ishay Shaer
Holy City: State Choir - Latvia and Hortus Musicus
31.5.2013 | 16:00 | Tower Of David
A unique project at the Tower of David Museum, combining Estonian orchestral ensemble and Latvian choir that will perform ancient pieces about Jerusalem. The concert will include compositions for Jewish texts across time, including Lauda Jerusalem (Monteverdi), Evening Prayers (Josef Bardanashvili), Lekha Dodi (Shlomo Alkabetz), New Jerusalem (Andres Uibo), and more.
The performance will be orchestrated by the musical director of the Hortus Musicus instrumental ensemble, Mr. Andres Mustonen.
Please dress warmly. Seats are unmarked
1.6.2013 | 15:00 | The YMCA- Jerusalem
The ensemble's repertoire includes various pieces from antiquity, including Gregorian coral arrangements and well known Baroque music from the 18th century. This year the ensemble is celebrating 40 years since its founding.
Jerusalem Academy of Music
5.6.2013 | 18:00 | The Henry Crown Concert Hall
5.6.2013 | 20:30 | The Henry Crown Concert Hall
A Marathon of Beethoven's Revolutionary Music
7.6.2013 | 11:00 | The Henry Crown Concert Hall
Edited by Gil Shohat
Not only are Beethoven's compositions at the pinnacle of human musical creativity, but they also remain popular today. Some scholars believe that Beethoven's revolutionary approach to art, particularly music, was just as powerful as Napoleon's contemporaneous political and military revolutions.
The Israel Festival's traditional musical marathon will present a wide range of pieces by Beethoven and their influence on other genres, including jazz and pop music.
The repertoire will include: violin concerto, the Spring sonata and Kreutzer sonata for violin and piano, Beethoven's sonatas for the piano, Moonlight and Tempest, the epitome of chamber music, the third Razumovsky Quartet, Sunrise, the Waldstein sonata, and more.
The Harvard University Orchestra will perform at the Israel Festival as part of their tour of Israel and Jordan, conducted by Federico Cortese. The marathon will also feature Estonian violinist Andres Mustonen, who will be conducting two additional concerts during the festival.
Violin: Max Tan, Andres Mustonen
Piano: Leonid Petshka, Victor Stenislvsky
Mezzo-soprano: Bracha Kol
The Harvard University Orchestra
Conductor: Federico Cortese
8.6.2013 | 11:00 | The YMCA- Jerusalem
Vox Luminis is one of the most prominent groups performing Renaissance music. Founded in 2004, it specializes in pieces composed between the 16th and 18th centuries. The ten singers who will perform at the Israel Festival are world renowned for their performance of music from antiquity. They will be accompanied by a small continuo ensemble.
This concerto will celebrate Italian music, which combines musical passion with liturgical music through the unique prism of Italian melodies.
The group will perform one central piece, Domenico Scarlatti's Stabat Mater. Additional pieces include Scarlatti's Te Deum and arrangements by two important Renaissance composers: Lotti and Carissimi.
"... An extremely impressive young vocal group ... Their singing was outstanding ... Singers who can sing solo and in consort with equal skill ... Perfect."
Image of Israeli Vocal Ensemble by Lior Arshov.