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A unique event of the 51st Abu Gosh Vocal Music Festival (May 30th – June 3rd 2017) was Ensemble PHOENIX' “A Brazilian Requiem for a Portuguese Queen”, taking place at the Kiryat Yearim Church on June 3rd. PHOENIX is known for its performance of Renaissance-, Baroque- and South American music on authentic instruments. This program, researched and conducted by Brazilian-born PHOENIX founder and director Myrna Herzog, offered festival-goers a totally new listening experience, with the ensemble transformed into a full orchestra performing on period instruments from the Classical period.


Screening into cinemas  OTELLO World-famous tenor Jonas Kaufmann New Production

June 28, 2017 at 21:15 Wednesday 
Cinema City Glilot I Cinema City Jerusalem I Cinema City Rishon LeZion

Jonas Kaufmann makes his role debut as Otello in Verdi's passionate retelling of Shakespeare's great tragedy of jealousy, deception and murder, conducted by Antonio Pappano.


Screening into cinemas
The Dream / Symphonic Variations / Margruerite and Armand

June 2017 at 21:157 Wednesday
Cinema City Glilot I Cinema City Jerusalem I Cinema City Rishon LeZion

The Royal Ballet brings its celebrations of 70 years at the Royal Opera House to a close with a mixed programme of works by its Founder Choreographer Frederick Ashton.

Sometime in the late 1970s / early ‘80s, someone at the Netherlands Embassy in Israel (perhaps the Cultural Attaché?) hosted a friendly dinner for several of the leaders of the then still-very-closeted local LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community. It was a gesture of outreach, with the Embassy’s approval, that surprised us all. The Attaché moved on, the community moved on and that special dinner was forgotten. Until now.

 For the 10th straight year, Jaffa’s Gesher festival launched the Gesher festival, with an opening night performance of Oedipus Rex on Thursday May 18. Gesher Theater bridges cultures and languages, and the Gesher festival is an annual which brings some of the greatest international performers to Israel. On the opening evening of the 2017 festival, guests were able to enjoy a classical Greek play performed in Russian with Hebrew subtitles, a paradigmatic example of the international, intercultural and interlingual focus of Gesher Theater.