Concert Series 2018-2019

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The season opens with the Israeli-American pianist Elisha Abbas, along with Nimrod David Pfeffer, the young Israeli conductor. They present an all-Mozart program. Guy Braunstein conducts a Viennese program with the Israeli flautist Gili Schwarzmann. Gilad Karni, who leads the viola section at the Berlin Deutsche Oper, will perform pieces written expressly for his instrument of choice. The Symphonette's Music Director, Omer M. Wellber, will conclude the concert with Beethoven's Seventh Symphony.

There's also a Schubertiade which reunites the best Israeli instrumentalists currently operating on the international circuit, among which are violinist Itamar Zorman and pianist Daniel Gortler. The well-known Trout Quintet concludes the Schubert program. A fascinating concert will host the Greilsammer brothers, David the conductor and pianist, and Michael the singer and violinist. Both are operating on the threshold between rock and classical music.

The "Symphony for Piece" holds a special interest. It is a unique work, interweaving Buddhist mantras in a rich orchestral fabric, arranged by Oren Lok. It was commissioned by the Lama Gangchen International Peace Foundation, and was premiered in Lombardia, Italy. This is the Israeli premiere of the work.

Furthermore, the young Jerusalem Duo is featured later in the season, uniquely combining the dulcet sound of the harp with the husky, sensual sound of the saxophone.

Israel's eminent Weill performer, Keren Hadar, will enchant us with an all-Weill program. Gil Shohat accompanies, as well as conducts Dvorak's New World symphony, and presents new arrangements for several movements from Ravel's Tombeau de Couperin.

Omer M. Wellber further presents a virtuoso traversal of the globe, with mandolin players Yaakov Reuven and Carmen Simon, and the soprano Anna Skibinsky. Omer returns to conduct the concluding concert of the season, featuring Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony. Nitay Zori performs Kabalevsky's Violin Concerto. The concert also features a world premiere by Haim Permont, based upon "A Man of Truth" by R Nahman from Breslov.

Further season highlights include a Theatre Song evening composed, arranged and conducted by Yonatan Cnaan and featuring singer and actress Eti Vaknin, two well-established choral pieces, Fauré's Requiem and Schubert's G Major Mass, performed by the Kibbutz Artzi Choir and conducted by Yuval Ben-Ozer, a Celebration of Israeli Song with the Israeli Opera soloists and conducted by the Symphonette's Conductor in Residence, David Sebba, and the traditional Future Stars concert, featuring winners of the Tel-Hai Master Classes, conducted by Keren Kagarlitsky.

Raanana Symphonette wishes you a season brimming with surprises and moving and colorful encounters.