For the fourth year in a row, the Raanana Symphonette Orchestra and Isrotel join together for a lively and surprising musical rich in extraordinary encounters, where for the first time the audience will also be able to join the singers and musicians. The festival will be held on the first weekend of January 2020, from Wednesday the 1st until Sunday the 5th.
This time, the festival will host some surprising new names, along with familiar ones, renowned Israeli artists along with musicians of dazzling international careers. Julien Salemkour, the brilliant conductor and pianist of German-Algerian origin, who worked with Daniel Barenboim and the world's best vocalists, will perform at the festival for the first time, along with one of the world's best violinists, Sergei Krylov, who performed at the festival last year to great acclaim. They will share the podium, conducting each other, in works by Mendelssohn (Piano Concerto No. 1 and Violin Concerto No. 1), Bruch (Violin Concerto No. 1), Saint-Saëns (Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso) and will also join forces for a fascinating chamber concert featuring French highlights for violin and piano. Salemkour will also conduct Beethoven's thrilling 7th Symphony.
Liat Cohen is one of the top guitar players in the world, with an extensive career that includes diverse and surprising collaborations and a host of award-winning recordings, including works by renowned composer Michel Legrand. She will perform with Israeli pianist and conductor, Nimrod David Pfeffer, a diverse program featuring Vivaldi and Albeníz, and in an exciting chamber concert together with the wonderful Israeli countertenor, Yaniv D'Or, in a repertoire spanning classic and folk music from Spain and France.
Rising Spanish tenor Sergio Escobar has performed to great acclaim in recent years in the coveted opera houses in Italy, in important European cities and throughout Latin America. He will delight us with his warm voice and exciting approach to Italian opera pearls, in a memorable encounter with Nimrod David Pfeffer. He will also perform passionate Italian and Latin songs with David Sebba.
At a festive pre-festival concert on Wednesday evening, Maestro David Sebba, Conductor-in-Residence at the Raanana Symphonette, will present a program ranging from Rachmaninov to Vilenseky, with beloved pianist Dorel Golan.
Friday night, just around midnight sees one of the preeminent and beloved Israeli musicians, Shem-Tov Levy, in a fascinating and moving concert featuring his songs and pieces, along with a chamber ensemble selected from the Symphonette's musicians, conducted by Maestro David Zebba, along with two Israeli opera singers who perform to great acclaim in Israel and abroad, soprano Tali Ketzef and mezzo-soprano Anat Czarny.
Tali Ketzef will also join the eminent Israeli cellist, Hillel Zori, and an ensemble of virtuoso cellist playing with intertwined voices, in a unique repertoire of classical pieces, arranged especially for the festival. This concert will also feature Villa-Lobos' famous "Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5" for soprano and a cello ensemble.
This time, you, the audience, will be able to participate in the festival experience. Conductor Yishai Steckler, who performs successfully on opera and concert stages in Israel and around the world, and the director of the Tel Aviv Collegium, will conduct you this time, as you sing some of the best known choruses, with the orchestra and the Arava Choir (directed by Joël Sivan) - La Traviata, Il Trovatore, Nabucco and many more surprises. Tali Keztef and Anat Czarny will spice up the concert with familiar arias and duets.
On Saturday morning, you will also be able to participate in a musical quiz prepared by the journalist and connoisseur, Yossi Shiffmann, who will be joined by David Zebba, Tali Ketzef and Anat Czarny, as well as the concert--master of the Raanana Symphonette, and one of the best violinist in Israel, Nitai Zori.
Two unique ensembles will delight you at noon, at the iCAFE Café in Isrotel Royal Garden Hotel. On Friday, the marvelous a-cappella ensemble, Quinta and a Half, with a varied program of Israeli and International hits, accompanied by David Zebba. On Saturday, expect the Yama Ensemble, whose every performance is a magical weave of scents, colors and flavors of Jewish spiritual heritage throughout the ages.
Revelry will reach a high point towards the end of the Festival in a particularly colorful evening. One of the pre-eminent Israeli musicians of our times, Shlomo Gronich, will preside over the proceedings, along with Maestro David Zebba and a host of the festival's artists, including Shem-Tov Levy.
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