Sophie Solomon’s musical melting pot

Sophie Solomon

Sophie Solomon

‘The violin is my voice,” says British violinist Sophie Solomon, who is performing Suita Concertante by Wiesenberg this week in Tel Aviv and Beersheba. The concert, written for classical and klezmer violin, is dedicated to the memory of the composer’s late father.

“I often repeat it and it is a little bit clich├ęd, but I don’t want to be constrained by traditional parameters of any genre. I just want to pick up a violin and do what I think is right. Playing with a symphony orchestra is not my usual environment. I know I bring something new to the table, and this gives me strength.” Continue reading

The difference between good and bad

Jim McGuigan

Jim McGuigan

Normally, people don’t associate “culture” with “policy.” One is artistic and free-spirited, the other detail-oriented and dry.

But currently, the Israel Lottery Council for the Arts is holding a conference dealing with relationship between culture and the state, the second of its kind. It is taking place at the Jerusalem Theater from May 26 to 27, within the framework of the Israel Festival. Continue reading

More than a femme fatale

Photo: Yossi Zwecker

Photo: Yossi Zwecker

“Singing is an immense pleasure,” says, or more precisely, chants, mezzo-soprano Rinat Shaham as she rests after a day long of rehearsal of Bizet’s Carmen at the Israeli Opera, where she will appear in the lead.

“I am thankful to God, or however you call it,” she adds with light laughter, “as well to all those people who encouraged me. I can’t imagine myself doing anything else. This is the highest joy for me – and my name Rinat [Hebrew for ‘joy’] is proper for that reason.” Continue reading

Daring and creativity

Jeanne Lamon

Jeanne Lamon

The eleventh Felicja Blumental International Chamber Music Festival is arguably one of the most exciting events on the crowded Israeli music scene – which does not lack quality performances in any field. But daring and creative programming by Annette Celine (the daughter of the late Polish pianists that the festival commemorates) and music organizer Avigail Arnheim is what makes this festival different. Continue reading