Art & Culture
- Written by Pamela Hickman
The St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing two concerts of Russian music in Tel Aviv this coming May. The concerts, under the baton of Yuri Temirkanov, will take place at the Charles Bronfman Cultural Center, 1 Huberman St. (home of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra) on May 9th and 10th 2018. It was Maestro Temirkanov’s wish to accompany the orchestra to Israel to perform in honour of 70 years of the State of Israel. The concerts also coincide with Victory Day (May 9th), a holiday that commemorates the victory of the Soviet Union over Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War following the signing of the German Instrument of Surrender late in the evening on 8 May 1945.
Chosen for the program for obvious reasons, the concert of May 9th will feature Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No.9, a work originally intended to be a celebration of the Russian victory over Nazi Germany. The concert will be preceded by Israeli pianist/conductor/composer Gil Shohat’s talk about the work and the tragic events surrounding it.
The concert of May 10th will feature soloist Nikolai Lugansky, a pianist of extraordinary depth and versatility. He will perform Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 3 for piano and orchestra, one of the most technically challenging piano concertos of the standard classical repertoire. The program will also include Nikolai Rimsky Korsakov’s dazzling symphonic suite “Scheherazade” Op. 35.
The St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the oldest Philharmonia in Russia, has been in existence for more than two hundred years. Its history goes back to 1802, when the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Society, the first in Europe, was created. It organized the world premiere of Beethoven's “Missa Solemnis” in 1824. Since 1988, Yuri Temirkanov, professor of violin at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Moscow and one of the world's leading conductors, has served as the orchestra’s artistic director and chief conductor.
Tickets, ranging from NIS 186 to NIS 626 can be reserved by contacting www.bravo.org.il *3221 or www.leaan.co.il *8780
Photos: Maestro Yuri Temirkanov and The St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra by (Stas Levshin)
- Written by Stella Szpira
Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art
ARIEH SHARON: THE NATION’S ARCHITECT
April 13 – October 1, 2018
Opening: Friday, April 13, 2018, 12:00 p.m.
Curator: Dr. Eran Neuman
The exhibition “Arieh Sharon: The Nation’s Architect” is the first retrospective exhibition of one of the founding fathers of Israeli architecture, who was among the most active Israeli architects of the 20th century. In conjunction with the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel, the exhibition – curated by Dr. Eran Neuman – casts a comprehensive and interpretive gaze that reveals Sharon’s major influence on the shaping of Israeli space and the foundation of the state.
Arieh Sharon (1900–1984), the first recipient of the Israel Prize for Architecture (1962), was born in Galicia, Poland and was one of the founders of Kibbutz Gan Shmuel, shortly after emigrating to Palestine in 1919. A graduate of the Bauhaus, the school of design and architecture in Dessau, Germany, Sharon planned over 600 projects from the 1920s until his death. His works included plans for kibbutzim, residential buildings, office buildings, hospitals, university campuses, and the Sharon Plan – the first master plan for the State of Israel, which was drafted in the office of Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion.
The exhibition offers a critical examination of a range of architectural and historical contexts. It is divided into eight chapters, which offer a chronological account of Sharon’s career: his studies at the Bauhaus (Chapter 1), projects planned in Tel Aviv in the 1930s and 1940s (Chapter 2), projects for the kibbutzim (Chapter 3), the physical planning of the State of Israel (Chapter 4), projects dating from the time of his partnership with Benjamin Idelson (Chapter 5), the period of Sharon’s partnership with his son Eldar (Chapter 6), planning work in Nigeria (Chapter 7), and the planning of Jerusalem’s Holy Basin (Chapter 8).
Most of the materials featured in the exhibition belong to the Azrieli Architectural Archive’s Arieh Sharon Collection and to the collection of Sharon’s daughter, Yael Aloni. The items on display include project plans, illustrations, models, photogrpahs, films, letters, and additional documents, which together chart the trajectory of Sharon’s life. The exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue in English and Hebrew. A number of symposiums and lectures on Israeli architecture will be held in conjunction with the exhibition. In May 2018, an exhibition of works by Arad Sharon will open in the Azrieli Architectural Archive, featuring a selection of contemporary projects created by the third generation of the Sharon family.
Photos Silvia Golan
- Written by Silvia G Golan
Marcos Ayala arrives with his Tango Company directly from Buenos Aires to Israel for a few performances throughout the country from March 24 to April 5 2018!
A thrilling and swiping performance with hysterical success in the world stages!
Marcos Ayala, one of the best tango dancers in the world, arrives with his Tango Company to Israel. The company includes 12 outstanding and professional dancers, which will appear in Gan Shmuel on 24/3, Kiryat Motzkin on 26/3, Jerusalem on 28/3, and in Suzanne Dellal Centre (in Tel Aviv) during 1-5/4 in the performance of "Tango in the Shadows", a thrilling and swiping performance with hysterical success in the world stages.
Marcos Ayala, director, choreographer and dancer, advocates novelty and refreshment of this genre on a continuous basis to keep the actuality of the tango along the future generations.
"Tango in the Shadows" is a thrilling theatrical performance and hypnotizing dance carried out with the sound of a sensuous, sexy and exotic music from the streets and bars of Buenos Aires. It's a fiery and sensuous performance with passion and elegance, an opportunity for the public to relate to a dance that sweeps the world. A dance with continuous movement, performed by couples. Men appear with evening suits and polished shoes, and women with high-heel shoes and magnificently designed dresses.
Marcos Ayala was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. From young age he started to participate in groups in folk dancing, where he became prominent and notorious as a raising talent. He completed his studies of dancing and became a teacher of Argentinean in the National School of Dance. Besides, he learned techniques of classical, modern, jazz, tango and couple dancing.
In 2006, at 20 years of age, he won the first place in the "World Competition of Tango" in Japan.
In 2010 he organized his tango dance group and started appearing around Argentina and then around the world, where he showed his great technique and his approach in combining modern techniques in tango, and so taking it to new levels. He won the titles "The Tango Discovery" and "The Tango Young Sensation".
In 2015, after completing a tour of performances in USA, the NY Art Critic Organization granted him the ACE award, as appreciation to his contribution to the tango dance field and his meteoric raise.
In 2016 he carried out a tour of appearances in 12 cities in Russia with the performances named "Buenos Aires Tango". These performances were tremendously successful and won enthusiastic comments.
In this way, Marcos Ayala won international appreciation and is currently considered as one of the best tango dancers in the world, who represents the contemporary 21st century tango.
As customary in the tango culture, an evening tango dance party named Milonga takes place among the tango performances in Suzanne Dellal Centre in the theater square. Thus, you'll be able to watch at no cost the Milonga experience on March 31, at 8:00 pm in the central square of Suzanne Dellal Centre. The tango dance will be organized by Silvia Rajschmir – free entrance!
The performances throughout the will take place from March 24 till April 5 2018. Bonus and discounts will be provided thru clubs and credit cards.
Ticket price: 259/339 NIS
Benefit code "5050" 1 + 1 (50% off!)
- Written by Silvia G Golan & Stella Szpira
The city of Tel Aviv-Yafo is hosting the largest Eurovision promo-event, showcasing 30 artists to a crowd of thousands of participants from Israel and around Europe. The outdoor concert is the largest of its kind ever to take place.
For the third consecutive year, "Israel Calling" will bring together representing artists from dozens of countries around the continent, including local representative Netta Barzilai, who's song "Toy" has been topping the betting charts as a favorite to win this year's contest in Lisbon. Thousands of local and international Eurovision fans will gather in Tel Aviv to cheer-on the representatives from approximately 30 different countries who have already confirmed their participation – three quarters of all Eurovision participants.
The event, initiated and produced by Tali Eshkoli, is sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage, the Ministry of Tourism, the Jewish National Fund and the Municipality of Tel Aviv- Yafo - the host city.
Ron Huldai, Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo: "The Eurovision is not just a song contest; it's a cultural phenomenon, promoting tolerance, open-mindedness, respect for one another and a love for humankind. The Eurovision holds a special place in the heart of many Israelis; the song contest is a night where we put our differences aside and share a feeling of pride. No other place could be as fitting as Tel Aviv-Yafo for such an event.”
Tali Eshkoli, initiator and producer of the show: "We're expecting the biggest Eurovision promo event ever. Thousands of people will gather in Tel Aviv and watch performances of about three quarters of the Eurovision 2018 participants. The show will be the culmination of the Israel Calling Events which will expose artists and journalists from all over Europe to Israel and Tel Aviv. We all hope that Israel will soon win the competition and that we will host the Eurovision here once again".
Filmed invitation - Ron Huldai, the Mayor of Tel Aviv: https://we.tl/EjFsB4sLjf
The full list of participants will be published during the upcoming days on the event's social media pages-
- Written by Silvia G Golan
Meeting ancient artisans in the colorful Roman street ; treasure hunt for the whole family in the garden of Song of Songs; wonderful story teller for children ; making musical instruments from natural materials ; live music in the beautiful outdoors of Ein-Yael ; weaving wicker baskets; spinning wool in the spindle and a variety of other fun activities for the whole family.
The Ein Yael "Hands-on" Museum is holding a spring festival in Hol Hamoed of Passover (1-5of April) this year! Among the activities: artisans recreating ancient handicrafts in the magical Roman street ; a treasure hunt for the whole family in the Song of Songs garden; live music which will be played around the site and a variety of other fun activities for the whole family.
In addition, visitors will be invited to experience all of Ein Yael's wonderful workshops: weaving baskets and making musical instruments of natural materials, painting wet plaster in the fresco workshop, learning about ancient building methods in the mud workshop, making clay in the ceramic workshop, planning and cutting a personal mosaic and lots more.
The dates of the festival are: 1st-5th of April, from 10:00 to 17:00. On April 5th from 10:00 AM to 14:00.
The Ein-Yael "Hands-on" Museum is a 10 acre beautiful piece of natural land. The museum provides a special and enriching fun-filled activity for the entire family, combining arts and crafts with learning about the ancient way of life. In the museum you will find orchards, a recreated Roman street, petting corner, a live spring, ancient agricultural facilities and olive trees, vineyards and more.
Entrance cost: 45 NIS for child, 35 NIS for adult.
The Ein-Yael "Hands-on" Museum, Jerusalem (next to "Malcha" train station)
Photo Courtesy: Ein Yael museum.