Abu Gosh: A Preview on the Vocal Music Festival 2018
Updated: May 6, 2020
I'd like to share with you information about another major music festival in Israel that takes place twice a year during the two holidays of Sukkot (Tabernacles) and Shavuot (Pentacost). Founded in 1992, it is now in its 27th year and 54th festival. Event details and photos were provided courtesy of Otzar Tarbut PR.
The festival will take place in Abu Gosh between 28 Sept 2018 - 1 Oct 2018. Music director: Hanna Tzur. Producer and director: Gershon Cohen.
Abu Gosh is a local council located midway between Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem. Historically it is located on the biblical site of Kiryat Yearim to which the Ark of the Covenant was brought after its liberation from the Phillistines a fact that led to its sanctification by the Christians. It's rich history led to building of monasteries, churches and later mosques.
The Festival's concerts take advantage of the excellent acoustics and are performed in two churches: the Crusader-Benedictine Church, built in the 12th century, situated in the heart of the village; and the Kiryat Ye'arim Church, situated at the top of the hill, overlooking Abu-Gosh. Additional, more informal performances take place outdoors where festival comers can stroll around, enjoy the views and purchase local goods at the festival stalls.
Photographer: Danny Arad
Hightlights of the Kiryat Yearim Church include the Matthäus-Passion by J.S. Bach. Bach's Matthäus-Passion is one of the beloved compositions. It is considered the shining peak of the art of music and provides a supreme spiritual experience. The Matthieu Passion, like other sublime works of the Church, is based on the harmony of soloists and choirs in four voices accompanied by an orchestra. When these happen in the church of Kiryat Ye'arim with its special acoustics, the experience intensifies. In addition, the special atmosphere and high-level performance are unique to the Abu Ghosh festival.
Also, in the Kiryat Yearim Church, you will find the "Lira" women's ensemble from Bulgaria. The festival's guest ensemble will join the program with the Israeli "Naama" women's ensemble. Other classic masterpieces: Gluck's Orpheus and Aureidice by Keren Hadar as Euridice, the Divine Requiem by Mozart and the Brahms' powerful Requiem. The rich Satabat Mater by Dvorak, a festive mass by Rossini, who is known as the "little one", but is one of the most popular pieces, Bach starring in two other concerts, the first with Mozart's "Festive Evening Prayer" and works by Mendelssohn, and the second concert with the Concerto for two flutes and Cholacon by Teleman. An additional treat includes "Best English music" including works by Purcell, Lennon-McCartney, and Andrew Lloyd-Webber performed by the 'Meitar' Opera Studio singers. A total of ten concerts.
Photographer: Yossi Tzvecker
In the Crypt of the Benedictine Church in the center of the village will be six new concerts with various combinations: 'Katyushka' a concert of Russian songs in the original language, "Havana Nights" with Cuban music, "From Elisabeth to Miki Gavrielov" in a concert most of which is British including compositions from: Purcell, Dowland, The Beatles, Sting and Gabrielov, "Scottish Songs" with works by Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven, a concert of ancient Cypriot music and "Que Sera Sera" with songs of Doris Day.
Photographer: Dana Friedlander
The 54th festival will start on Friday, 28.9.18 and will continue till Monday, 1.10.18.
On Saturday 29.9 and Monday 1.10 (Simchat Torah) between 12: 00-16: 00 a Festival within a Festival will be held; four hours of music in five centers around the church at the same time.
On Thursday, 27.9.18, between 12: 00-16: 00, the largest accordion festival in Israel will take place for the fifth time, with various concerts taking place simultaneously in five locations throughout the Kiryat Ye'arim church compound and in the church itself.
See the details of the artists and works below. Ticket information is at the bottom.
Concerts at St. Joseph Church, Kiryat Yearim
1. Friday / 28.9.18 / 11:00
Gluck – the Opera Orpheus and Eurydice
Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787): Orpheus and Eurydice
Keren Hadar – soprano, Eurydice
Adaya Peled – soprano, Amor
Alon Harari – counter tenor, Orpheus
HaGalil Ha-Elion Choir
Violin: Saida Bar-lev – first violinist, Ella Slatkin / Viola: Lotem Beider Ben Aharon / Cello: Chagit Glaser / Flute: Boaz Meirovitch / Oboe: Lior Virot, Fernando Martinez / Bassoon: Gad Lederman / Harp: Marina Fradin / Harpsichord: Iris Globerson / Timpani: Eugene Karasik
Ron Zarhi – conductor
2. Friday / 28.9.18 / 14:00
J. S. Bach – Matthäus-Passion
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244
Heinrich Gernot– tenor (Austria), Evangelist
Yeela Avital - soprano
Nitzan Alon – alto
Yoav Weiss - baritone
Daniel Portnoy – bass - Jesus
Kibbutz Artzi Choir
Netanya Kibbutz Chamber Orchestra
Yuval Ben Ozer – conductor
This concert is dedicated to the memory of Moshe Harel
3. Saturday / 29.9.18 / 11:30
The Bulgarian Magic – Bulgarian Female Chamber Choir "Lira", Guests of the Festival from Bulgaria and Israeli Naama Ensemble - Together and Separately
Dobri Hristov (1875-1941): In Thy Kingdom. Soprano: Diana Bancheva
Rada Slavinska (b. 1964): It is truly right
Pierre Certon (c.1510-1672): Je ne l’ose dire
Georges Bizet (1838-1875): Agnus Dei
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921): 1. Tantum ergo. 2. Ave Maria
César Franck (1822-1890): Panis Angelicus
Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) / André Messager (1853-1929): Messe des Pecheurs de Villerville, arr. Pnina Inbar
Lubomir Denev (b. 1951): It is Harvest Time
Dobri Hristov: Frost Has Fallen, Gane
Dimitar Petkov (1919–1997): Moon, You Shiny Nikolay Kaufmann (1925–2018): Little Rose
Philip Koutev (1903–1982): Are You a Tulip or a Hyacinth?
Ivelin Dimitrov (1903–2008): Gankina’s Dance, vocal
Georgi Petkov (b. 1961): Moon
Geshon Prensky (1929-2014): The Girl with Braids (Noa's version), arr. Alexander Katzenberg
Alexander (Sasha) Argov (1914-1995): Their Song, lyrics: Kobi Luria, arr. Pnina Inbar
Peter Lyondev (1936–2018): Old Bachelor
Female Chamber Choir "Lira" – Bulgaria
Naama Female Ensemble - Israel
Svetlana Kardiako Lugova – pianist
Elina Gurewitz - violinist
Galina Popova, Pnina Inbar – conductors
4. Saturday / 29.9.18 / 15:00
Mozart - Vesperae solennes, Bach and Mendelssohn
Jacobus Gallus (1550-1591): Musica Musarum, for choir
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1947): Aus tiefer Noth schrei' ich zu dir, op. 23 no. 1, motet to text by Martin Luther, for soprano, choir, organ and orchestra
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke, cantata no. 84 for soprano, oboe obligato, choir and orchestra
Paul Ben Haim (1897-1984): Yefe Nof, lyrics: Yehuda Halevi
Matityahu Shelem (1904-1975): Shibolet Basade, arr. Avner Itai
Mordechai Zeira (1905-1968): Two Roses, lyrics: Yaakov Orland, arr. Avner Itai
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791): Vesperae solennes de confessore, K. 339 for soloists, choir and orchestra
Sara Even-Haim – soprano
Sarah Even-Haim, Netta Aizenbud, Dana Khazma, Tal Malkinson – soprano / Ofra Hurvitz-Znati – mezzo-soprano / Sharon Embar, Enula Yampel, Liat Rockberger – alto / Hiram Amir, Boaz Ben-Sira, Omri Aizenbud – tenor / Aviram Frieberg, Rami Barber – baritone / Or Ben-Natan, Roy Fridman – bass / Enula Yampel – flute /
Shira Ben-Yehoshua – oboe / Eli Heifetz – clarinet / Omri Peled – trumpet / Yaron David, Ariel de Graaf , Uri Lavi, Arielle Adler – violin / Oded Netanel – violin, viola / Yonat Tamir-Kantor – viola / Eyal Malkinson – cello / Ran Ben-Naftali – bass / Bart Berman – continuo
Avner Itai – conductor and music director
5. Saturday / 29.9.18 / 18:00
Rossini – Petite Messe Solennelle
Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868): Petite Messe Solennelle
Efrat Ashkenazi – soprano
Shay Bloch – mezzo-soprano
Ron Silberstein – tenor
Yuri Kissin – bass
Sasha Ivanov – pianist
Yizhar Karshon – organist
Tel Aviv Collegium Singers
Yishai Steckler – conductor
6. Sunday / 30.9.18 / 11:30
Brahms – Ein Deutsches Requiem
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897):
1. Wo ist ein so herrlich Volk, op. 109 no. 3, from Fest und Gedenkspruche for choir a-capella
2. Ein Deutsches Requiem, op. 45, original version for choir, soloists and two pianists
Yuval Oren - soprano
Hemi Levison - bass
Irina Lunkevich, Bruce Levi - pianists
The Jerusalem Academy Chamber Choir
Stanley Sperber – conductor
7. Sunday / 30.9.18 / 15:00
Dvorak – Stabat Mater
Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904): Stabat Mater, op. 58, original version for soloists, choir and piano
Alla Vasilevitsky – soprano
Zlata Khershberg – alto
Joseph Aridan – tenor
Alexey Kanonikov – bass
Eden Agranat Meged – pianist
The Ramat Gan Chamber Choir
Hannah Tzur – conductor
8. Monday / 1.10.18 / 11:30
Mozart – Requiem / Rachmaninov - All-Night Vigil, vespers
Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943): From All-Night Vigil, vespers, op. 37, for choir a-capella
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791): Requiem, K. 626
Yael Levita – soprano
Shay Bloch – mezzo-soprano
Oshri Segev - tenor
Gavriel Lowenheim – bass
The Tel Aviv Chamber Choir
The Israel Chamber Orchestra
Michael Shani – conductor
9. Monday / 1.10.18 / 15:00
Eternal Bach and the Flutes
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Christ lag in Todes Banden, cantata no. 4
Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767): Concerto for two flutes and colachon
Johann Sebastian Bach: Lutheran Mass in A major, BWV 234
Yeela Avital, Adaya Peled – soprano
Ofra Hurvitz-Znaty – alto
Alon Harari – counter tenor
Moshe Haas, Hillel Sherman – tenor
Yoav Weiss, Hagai Berenson – bass
Genevieve Blanchard, Tamar Melzer-Krimolovsky – flutists
Amit Tiefenbrunn – colachon player
Yizhar Karshon – conductor
10. Monday / 1.10.18 / 18:00
Purcell, Lennon and McCartney, Lloyd Webber
Henry Purcell (1659-1695): From Dido and Aeneas, the Witches, The Indian Queen, King Arthur
John Lennon (1940-1980) / Paul McCartney (b. 1942): Songs arr. for vocal ensemble
Andrew Lloyd-Webber (b. 1948): From the Phantom of the Opera
Meitar Studio Opera Singers
David Sebba – conductor, arranger and pianist
Concerts at the Crypt
11. Friday / 28.9.18 / 14:00
Katyushka – I Will Return
Russian beloved beautiful songs, in Russian
1. Dugit shata. 2. Two Guitars. 3. Evening at the Harborage. 4. In the Foxhole. 5. Capitan.
6. Flower in the Garden. 7. Bedumiya. 8. At zorem hanahal. 9. Hagidu havraya madua.
10. The beautiful Apple Tree. 11. Boi ima. 12. El hadereh. 13. On the Don's Bank. 14. Katyushka
Shirelle Dashevsky – singer
Uzi Rosenblat – accordionist
12. Friday / 28.9.18 / 16:15
Havana Nights – Cuba
Mario Bauzá (1911-1993): Mambo Inn (instrumental)
Francisco Lomuto (1893-1950): Sombra Nada Más, lyrics: José María Contursi
Armando Manzanero (b. 1935): El Ciego
Cesar Portillo de la Luz (1922-2013): Contigo en la Distancia
Ari Erev (b. 1956): Jump into the Water (instrumental)
Compay Segundo (1907-2003): Chan Chan
Geraldo Pereira (1918–1955): Falsa Baiana Álvaro Carrillo (1921–1969): Se Te Ovlida
Violeta Parra (1917–1967): Gracias a la Vida
Consuelo Velázquez (1916–2005): Besame Mucho
Anna Spitz – singer
Ari Erev – pianist and arranger
Gilad Dobrecky – percussionist
Kobi Salomon – saxophone player
13. Saturday / 29.9.18 / 14:00
Elizabethan Love Songs and Songs by Sting, the Beatles, Miky Gavrielov
John Dowland (1563-1626): A shepherd in a shade
Thomas Ford (1580-1648): Faire, Sweet, Cruell
Henry Purcell (1659-1695): Music for a while
John Dowland: 1. Deare, if you change. 2. Sir John Smith, his Almain
The Beatles – Paul McCartney (b. 1942) / John Lenon (1940-1980):
1. Eleanor Rigby. 2. Penny Lane. 3. Michelle
Sting - Gordon Mathew Thomas Summer (b. 1951): Roxanne
Uri Bracha (b. 1963): Vikos Canyon
Miky Gavrielov (b. 1949): 1. Take Me Under Your Wing. 2. Uf Gozal. 3. You and Me
John Dowland: Come again
David Feldman – counter tenor
Uri Bracha – guitar player, composer and arranger
14. Saturday / 29.9.18 / 16:14
Beethoven's Scottish Songs, Celebrating with Mozart and Haydn
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791): 1. Das Veilchen, K. 476. 2. Als Luise die Briefe, K. 520. 3. Wiegenlied
Josef Haydn (1732-1809): 1. Allegro from Trio in G major, H. XV:15.
2. English Canzonetts, lyrics: Anne Hunter: The Wanderer; The Mermaid's song, The Sailors song. 3. From Trio in G major, H. XV:15 - Andante - Finale: Allegro Moderato
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): Scottish Songs – 1. Dim, dim is my eye. 2. Sunset. 3. Sympathy. 4. Bonny laddie, Highland laddie
Karin Shifrin – soprano
Moshe Aron Epstein – flutist
Myrna Herzog – cellist
Marina Minkin – harpsichord player
15. Monday / 1.10.18 / 14:00
Musical Vacations in Cyprus
Anonymous (14th century): Estampie "Tre fontane"
Il codice Franco-Cipriota (1413-1422): 1. "Contre dolour, alegresse et plaisir".
2. "Qui de Fortune". 3. "Aspre Fortune, dure et engingneuse"
Anonymous (14th century): Estampie "Cominciamento di gioia"
Il codice Franco-Cipriota: 1."Qui n'a le cuer rainpli de vraie joie". 2. Danse d'Abroz
Anonymous (15th century): Tourdion " Quand je bois le vin clairet"
Traditional Cypriot: 1. "Tillirkortissa". 2. ""Ta mathkia ta yallourika". 3. "O Dasonomos"
Traditional Greek: "Arhodogios" (Kalamatianos dance)
Traditional Cypriot: "To tragoudi tou gamou"
Traditional Greek: "To kastro tis Astropaleas"
Traditional Thrace/Greece: "Stergios" (Zonaradikos dance)
Traditional Greek/Turkish: "Apo kseno topo"
Traditional Sephardic: 1. "Una matica de ruda". 2. "La serena". 3. "Misirlou"
David Feldman - counter tenor
Doret Florentin - recorder player
Tal Arbel - vielle and viola da gamba player
Nadav Ovadia - psaltery and percussion player
Gideon Bretler - classical and baroque guitar player
16. Monday / 1.10.18 / 16:15
Que Sera Sera – Hollywood and Doris Day's Songs
Richard Rogers (1902-1997): The Hills Are Alive, from The Sound of Music, lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein
Willbur Schwandt (1904-1998) / Fabian Andre (1910-1960): Dream a little Dream, lyrics: Gus Kahn
Mark Fisher (1895-1948) / Joe Goodwin / Larry Shay (1897-1988): When you’re smiling, music and lyrics
George Gershwin (1898-1937): A Foggy Day, lyrics: Ira Gershwin
Bart Howard (1915-2004): Fly me to the moon, music and lyrics
Kurt Weill (1900-1950): My Ship, lyrics: Ira Gershwine
Jimmy McHugh (1894-1969): I’m in the mood for love, lyrics: Dorothy Fields
Antonio Carlos Jobim (1927-1994): 1. Quiet nights, English lyrics: Jene Lees.
2. How Insensitive, English lyrics: Norman Gimbel
Harold Arlen (1905-1986): Somewhere over the rainbow, lyrics: Edgar Yipsel "Yip" Harburg
George Gershwin: Nice work if you can get it, lyrics: Ira Gershwin
Jay Livingston (1915-2001) / Raymond B. Evans (1915-2007): Que Sera Sera, music and lyrics
Revital Raviv – singer
Tal Feder – double bass player
Ari Erev – pianist, music director and arranger
The price for concerts is:
145 NIS for a concert at Kiryat Yearim, except for concerts 2 and 8 for 149 NIS.
95 NIS for the Crypt
85 NIS for the entrance to the "Concerts Outside" festival, 30 NIS for children up to age 6.
The prices on the "Accordion Day" are 85 NIS for adults and 30 NIS for children up to age 6.
Bimot : 02-6237000 or *6226
Bravo: *3221, 0722753221
Tickets are available during the festival at the box office in the churches, cash only.
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