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Mozart’s Requiem and Don Giovanni opera; Noam Sharif’s Song of Songs; Ullmann’s Emperor of Atlantis; Hungarian cellist Laszlo Fenyo; Czech pianist Lukas Vondracek; David D’or; Sassi Keshet; folk and artistic music from Brazil, Argentina and Russia. This season the concerts will be at the center of a rich cultural and artistic experience.

The Israeli Chamber Orchestra led by conductor Ariel Zuckermann marches forward to complete its renewed goals, including raising the quality of music, advancing Israeli creativity, and turning audiences into communities.

 

Conductor Zuckermann said “What the orchestra has to offer rest on three components, the content of the concerts, artistic administration, and the quality of the musicians who sit on the stage for each concert. Our musicians are the most important starting part for the future. From the difficult place that we were in--economic and artistic, we could only go up. I came to the orchestra to fulfill a different vision, and I can see the results in both our audience, for accompanying us on the journey and giving us the trust necessary, and in the musical energy that comes forth from the stage during each performance.”

2017/18 is the 52d season of the Israeli Chamber Orchestra, and encompasses a meaningful artistic plan. The opening concert in September will include the Israeli creation “Song of Songs” by Noam Sharif, with a maestro performance by Ariel Zuckermann, who will both play and conduct. In February the orchestra will open the Talin Festival Tel Aviv led by conductor Maestro Andres Mustonen from Estonia, and together with the Voices Musicales choir will perform the masterpieces “Silent Prayer” by Kancheli and “La casa del diavolo” by Boccherini.

In May the orchestra will perform the opera Caesar Atlantis, directed by Adrian Sylveen (USA), which was composed in a concentration camp by Victor Ullmann to accompany Peter Kien’s libretto, and Mozart’s opera “Don Giovanni,” conducted by Ariel Zuckermann with international singers from the vocal group Vienna-Tel Aviv, following the success of the opera “the Impresario” last season.

During the season, the orchestra will host renowned international artists, including the Hungarian Cello player Laszlo Fenyo; the Czech pianist Lukas Vondracek; and the Austrian violinist Benjamin Shmid.

 

 

 

The orchestra will also host conductors Yaron Gotfried and Dmitry Yablonsky, and singers David D’or, Sassi Keshet, Yonit Shaked Golan, Denis Sedov, Noa Frenkel, Keren Hadar, and other Israeli performers.

A Brazilian party celebrating 130 years since the birth of composer Villa-Lobos, with participation of Brazilian artists; a concert with Russian songs and performers honoring members of the Red Army Choir who were killed in an airplane crash in 2016, a Misa Criolla performance in honor of Argentina’s independence day led by Gisele Ben-Dor, and featuring the Bandoneon violinist Juanho Mosalini, the Collegium Orchestra, and Argentinan tango dancers, will each add an extra international flavor to the orchestra.

This season’s classical concerts offer season pass holders the chance to benefit from meetings, fascinating lectures, guided tours around Tel Aviv, and interactive dance performances, all included at no additional cost. The concert start time will be moved up to 19:00 and 20:00 to allow the audiences to continue to enjoy the experience following the concert, in a post-concert meeting with conductor Ariel Zuckermann, the guest singers and conductors, and the orchestra members, in the Pastel restaurant for tastings, wine, and discussions.

Season passes can be purchased via the website or by phone:
03-5188845
Tickets.ico.co.il

 Photos Silvia Golan

 Steven Aiello

Founder, Debate for Peace

debateforpeace.wordpress.com

 

 

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