‘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 clichéd, 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 violin/viola duo Hagit Halaf and Christoph Emmanuel Langheim, who long toured Europe and made their Carnegie Hall debut earlier this year, will be in Israel for three concerts this week. Hagit is hoping to reestablish her career here a decade after leaving the country. Continue reading
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
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
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
I know that not many will agree with me,” says harpsichordist Marina Minkin, “but I see the harpsichord as a lyrical, even sensual instrument, with rich possibilities for phrasing and coloring, and a full range of expression.” Continue reading
‘The harpsichord can be as expressive as singing and as beautiful as any other instrument, including the piano,” claims prominent harpsichordist Mark Kroll, speaking by phone from his Boston home on the eve of his long awaited Israeli debut. Continue reading