• Talma Gotteiner

Abu Gosh Festival: Sukkot 2019


Hi there,

I am happy to share with you the program of the upcoming Abu Gosh Festival for vocal music. The Abu Gosh festival takes place twice a year, on Sukkot (Tabernacles) and Shavuot (Pentacost).

The Abu Gosh Festival is known among choirs and audiences in Israel and around the world thanks to the special programs, the highest performance, the special atmosphere and the excellent acoustics of the churches: the Church of Kiryat Ye'arim in the top of the village and the crypt of the Crusader Church in its center.

WHEN: Sukkot, Fri - Mon, 18-21 Oct 2019.

Photo Credit: Ermena Quartet by Boris Mutafchiev

Concerts at the St. Joseph Church (Kiryat Yearim)

1 / Friday / 18.10.19 / 11:30

The Renowned Choir from Stuttgart is Back - Verdi, Bruckner, Mahler, Mendelssohn

The Festival's Guests from Stuttgart are Back!

Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652): Miserere mei Deus, Psalm 51, for five mixed voices and four soloists and continuo

Orazio Benevoli (1605-1672): Missa in Diluvio Aquarum Multarum for four mixed choirs and continuo

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847):

1. Hora est, for four mixed choirs and continuo.

2. Hebe deine Augen auf zu den Bergen, for three equal voices a cappella.

3. Denn er hat seinen Engeln befohlen über dir, for eight mixed voices a cappella

Anton Bruckner (1824-1896): Ave Maria, for seven mixed voices a cappella

Guiseppe Verdi (1813-1901): O Padre nostro, for five mixed voices a cappella

Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992):

1. Ma première fois terre terre l'éventail déployé, no. 2 from Cinq rechants, for 12 mixed voices a cappella.

2. O sacrum convivium! for four mixed voices a cappella.

3. Ma robe d'amour mon amour ma prison d'amour, no. 3 from Cinq rechants, for 12 mixed voices

a cappella

Felix Mendelssohn / Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel (1805-1847): Songs for four mixed voices a cappella -

Fanny Hensel (1805-1847): Schöne Fremde, op. 3 no. 2

Felix Mendelssohn: Herbstlied, op. 48 no. 6

Fanny Hensel: Im Herbste, op. 10

Felix Mendelssohn: Es fiel ein Reif, op. 41 no. 5

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911):

1. Um Mitternacht, from Five Rückert Songs, for 9 voices a cappella, arr. Clytus Gottwald

2. Die zwei blauen Augen, from Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, for 4 voices a cappella, arr. Clytus Gottwald, Clara Steuerwald - organ continuo, Kammerchor Stuttgart, Maestro Frieder Bernius – conductor

2 / Friday / 18.10.19 / 15:00

Rossini – Stabat Mater, Oratorio for soloists, choir and orchestra

Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868):

1. Ave Maria for choir and organ.

2. Stabat Mater, oratorio for soloists, choir and orchestra

Tali Ketzeff – soprano

Nitzan Alon – alto

Nimrod Grinboim – tenor

Denis Sedov – bass

Kibbutz Arzi Choir

Israel Netanya Kibbutz Orchestra

Yuval Ben Ozer – conductor

3 / Saturday / 19.10.19 / 11:30

Stabat Mater

Spirituals: 1. Amazing Grace. 2. Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child. 3. Deep River

Franz Schubert (1797-1828): Ave Maria

Josef Haydn (1732-1809): Stabat Mater for soloists, choir and orchestra

Leonard Cohen (1913-2016): Hallelujah, with soloists, choir and the audience

Hadas Pharan – soprano

Nitzan Alon – alto

Eitan Drori – tenor

Yair Polishook – bass

The Ramat Gan Chamber Choir

Israel Netanya Kibbutz Orchestra Soloists:

Pavel Levin, Svetlana Kaminsky – violinists / Jacob Avnet – violist / Constantin Sokolov – cellist / Jonathan Ron – double bass player / Hila Zabari-Peleg, Micky Lam – oboists and English horn players

Hannah Tzur – conductor

4 / Saturday / 19.10.19 / 15:00

The Renowned Choir from Stuttgart is Back with Verdi, Bruckner, Mahler, Mendelssohn

The Festival's Guests from Stuttgart are Back!

SEE CONCERT NO. 1

Clara Steuerwald - organ continuo

Kammerchor Stuttgart

Maestro Frieder Bernius – conductor

Photo Credit: Kammerchor Stuttgart Jens Meister

5 / Saturday / 19.10.19 / 18:00

Dvorak – Mass in D major

Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody

Francis Poulenc (1899-1963): Figure Humaine, cantata for choir – Israeli Premiere

Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904)

1. Moravian songs for choir and piano, arr. Leoš Janáček

2. Mass in D major, op. 86 for choir and organ

Freddie Mercury (1946-1991): Bohemian Rhapsody for choir

The Israeli Vocal Ensemble

Raviv Leibzirer – pianist and organist

Yuval Ben Ozer – conductor

6 / Sunday / 20.10.19 / 11:30

Devine Schubert, Exciting Bach

Franz Schubert (1797-1828): Stabat Mater, D, 383 for soloists, choir and orchestra

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, cantata no. 131, Psalms 130, for soloists, choir and orchestra

Nour Darwish – soprano

Kfir Levi – tenor

Yoav Weiss – bass

Ichud Choir

Orpheus Instrumental Ensemble guided by Dr. Guy Figer

Ronen Borshevsky – conductor

7 / Sunday / 20.10.19 / 15:00

Bach, Villa-Lobos, Eyal Batt Masterpieces

Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959): Bachianas Brazilieras no. 5 for soprano and orchestra

Eyal Batt (b. 1966): I believe, for choir and orchestra, based on Maimonides' 13 Principles - Premiere

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Magnificat in D major, BWV 243 for soloists, choir and orchestra

Yeela Avital – soprano

Alon Harari – counter tenor

Oshri Segev – tenor

Yair Polishook – bass

The Tel Aviv Chamber Choir

Israel Netanya Kibbutz Orchestra

Michael Shani – conductor

8 / Monday / 21.10.19 / 11:30

Neapolitan Surprise

Francesco Rossi - La Caduta dell’Angeli - Neapolitan oratorio for soloists, choir and orchestra

Giovanni Battista Vitali (1632-1692): Sinfonia, for 6 instruments

Cristofaro Caresana (1640-1709): La Vittoria del Infante, cantata for 6 voices and instruments (Napoli, 1674)

Maurizio Cazzati (1616-1678): Ciaconna (1669)

Pietro Andrea Ziani (1616-1684): Sonata, op. VII no. 17 (1667/68) Bernardo Storace (1637-1707) - Ballo della Battaglia (Venice 1664)

Francesco Rossi (1625?-1699?): La Caduta dell Angeli, oratorio for soloists, choir and instruments (Napoli, 1672), libretto: Salvatore Scaglione (1624-1680)

Soloists and vocal ensemble from the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music Vocal Department – directed by Prof. Sharon Rostorf-Zamir: Hagai Berenson - baritone Lucifer / Shir Ordo - alto S. Michele / Sharon Tadmor - sopramo S. Michele / Shira Miriam Cohen - soprano Lucifer / Daniel Portnoy - tenor God / Yoav Ayalon - bass Lucifer caduto

Vocal ensemble:

Neomi Burla, Yulia Eliashuv, Lotem Taub – soprano

Chen Holzman, Shir Ordo, Rommie Rochell – alto

Anton Trotoush Elrom - tenor

Ensemble PHOENIX on early instruments:

Kobi Rubinstein, Noam Gal - baroque violin, Alma Mayer - corneto, Inbar Salomon – recorder, Alexander Fine - baroque bassoon, Alexandra Polin, Lucia D’Anna - bass viols, Myrna Herzog – baroque cello, Lior Silberberg – organ, Dor Fisher – percussion, Gio Sthel (Germany) – violone. With the special participation of Francesco Tomasi – baroque guitar and theorbo player from Italy

Myrna Herzog – conductor and musical director

In collaboration with The Italian Institute of Culture in Tel Aviv

9 / Monday / 21.10.19 / 15:00

Bach, Mendelssohn and David Zehavi

Traditional: Tsur Mishelo, arr.: Gil Aldema

Paul Ben-Haim (1897-1984): Yefe Nof, lyrics: Yehuda Halevi.

Dietrich Buxtehude (1637–1707): Jesu Meine Freude, lyrics: John Franck, for 2 sopranos and bass, choir and orchestra

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847): Ave Maris Stella, for soprano and orchestra

David Zehavi (1910-1977): A Walk to Caesarea (Eli, Eli), lyrics: Hannah Senesh, arr.: Gil Aldema, with an introduction for soprano and clarinet by Avner Itai

Matityahu Shelem (1904-1975) Shibolet Basade, arr.: Avner Itai

Yehezkel Braun (1922-2014): Sharkiya, lyrics: Michael Regev

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Mass in G minor, BWV 235, for soloists, choir and orchestra.

Ensemble Barocameri:

Sarah Even-Haim, Netta Aizenbud, Dana Khazma, Tal Malkinson – soprano / Ofra Hurvitz-Znati – mezzo-soprano / Enula Yampel, Liat Rockberger, Noa Zechoval-Elias – alto / Hiram Amir, Boaz Ben-Sira, Omri Aizenbud, Omri Peled – tenor / Aviram Frieberg – baritone / Or Ben-Natan, Omer Frenkel – bass / Enula Yampel – flutist / Eli Heifetz – clarinetist / Aviram Frieberg – hornist / Yaron David, Ariel de Graaf , Uri Lavi, Arielle Adler – violinists / Oded Netanel – violinist and violist / Yonat Tamir-Kantor – violist / Eyal Malkinson – cellist / Ran Ben-Naftali – double bass player / Bart Berman – continuo (organ) player

Avner Itai – conductor

Dana Khazma – conductor and singer

*The concert was prepared by the ensemble's Music Director and Conductor, Avner Itai, with the collaboration of Dana Khazma, who will conduct it.

10 / Monday / 21.10.19 / 18:00

Georgian Batumi Women Choir in Abu Gosh

Georgian Choir's debut in the festival

Catholicos Patriarch Ilia the 2nd (b. 1933): Kyrie eleison

Rusudan Khorava (b. 1954): “Sakhumaro”

Lullaby: Nana

Joseph Kechakhmadze (1939-2013): "Alni" (Mermaid)

Josef Bardanashvili (b. 1948): Song about Georgia

Folk song: "I still love you"

Gia Kancheli (b. 1935): "Yellow leaves"

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1936): "Vidit suum dulcem natum", no. 8 from Stabat Mater, with piano

Jemal Beglarishvili (b. 1940): Romance

Rusudan Khorava: “Indi mindi”

Joseph Kechakhmadze: "Praying"

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: "Fac me vere", no. 13 from Stabat Mater, with piano

Folk Song: Shavlego

Traditional: Thou Art a Vineyard

Jemal Beglarishvili: "My Death"

Ruben Kazhiloti (b. 1948): 3 choir miniatures

2 Folk songs: 1. "From here to you". 2. Travel song

George Gershwin (1898-1937): "Clapa yo’hand", with piano

Josef Bardanashvili: “Musical moment”

Ruben Kazhiloti: "Sounds from the sky"

Joseph Kechakhmadze: “Choral”

Folk song: Suliko

Mindia Khitarishvili (b.1973): Praying

Josef Bardanashvili: Psalm 121

Otar Taktrakishvili (1924-1989): "Sachidao", Georgian folk tune

Ruben Kazhiloti: 1. "Hora". 2. "Like a river"

Batumi Women Choir

Zaira Vadachkoria – Artistic Director and conductor

Gela Vadachkoria – Principal conductor

Concerts in the Crypt

11 / Friday / 18.10.19 / 14:00

Immortal Hits, Broadway New York

Duke Ellington (1899-1974): In a Sentimental Mood

Cole Porter (1891-1964): Love for Sale

Leigh Harline (1907-1969): When You Wish Upon a Star, lyrics: Ned Washington

Marvin Fisher (1916-1993) / Jack Segal (1918-2005): When Sunny Gets Blue Nat Adderley (1931-2000): The Old Country

Frank Loesser (1910-1969): Never Will I Merry

Irving Berlin (1888-1989): How Deep is the Ocean

Richard Rodgers (1902-1979): My Funny Valentine, lyrics: Lorenz Hart

Hoagy Carmichael (1889-1981): Georgia

Isham Jones (1894-1956): There is No Greater Love, lyrics: Marty Symes

Irving Berlin: Let’s Face the Music and Dance

Cole Porter: Just one of these things

Tami Gerassi - singer

Konstantyn Balabin – double bass player

Leon Habib – percussionist

Ari Erev – pianist and music director

12 / Friday / 18.10.19 / 16:15

Great Voices of Kolan Quintet

Hassidic songs

Hebrew songs: 1. Shibolet Basade. 2. Hem kulam bazemer haze.

Russian folk song (Rina)

Georgian folk songs: 1. Suliko, 2. Gogou-gogo, 3. Kalau

Ladino song: Abre mi tu puerta

Yiddish song: A Yiddishe Mame

Spiritural tradition: Let My People Go

Medley of Russian songs

Neapolitan folk songs

Georgian song

Italian songs: 1. The Telephone. 2. Funiculì, Funiculà

Kolan Quintet:

Simon Kricheli, Avraham Kosashvili - tenor Yosef Adar - baritone Matanel Vahtang - bass Reuven Bar Yosef – pianist

13 / Saturday / 19.10.19 / 14:00

Viva Italia – Great Composers with Leading Opera Singers

Ernesto De Curtis (1865-1917): Torna a surriento, Neapolitan song, lyrics; Giambattista De Curtis

Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848): Quel Guardo Il Cavaliere - Norina's Aria from the opera Don Pasquale

Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868): Cruda Sorte - Isabella's aria from the opera L'Italiana in Algieri, libretto: Angelo Anelli

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791): Via, Resti Servita, Madama brillante - Duettino of Marcellina and Susanna from the opera Le nozze di Figaro, libretto: Lorenzo Da Ponte

Nino Rota (1911-1979): Parla più piano, Love-theme from the movie: The Godfather

Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924); O mio babbino caro, Lauretta's aria from the opera Gianni Schicchi, libretto: Giovacchino Forzano

Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901): Oh, dischiuso è il firmament - Fenema's aria from Nabucco, libretto: Temistocle Solera

Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924): Sole e amore

Gioacchino Rossini: From Soirées musicales – 1. No.9 La regata veneziana. 2. No.10 La pesca

Eduardo di Capua (1865-1917) / Alfredo Mazzucchi (1878–1972): O Sole Mio - Neapolitan song, lyrics: Giovanni Capurro

Gaetano Donizetti: Me voglio fa ‘na casa, Neapolitan song

Henry Mancini (1924-1994): 1. Theme from The Pink Panther film. 2. Moon River, lyrics: Johnny Mercer

Harry Warren (1893-1981): That's Amore, lyrics: Jack Brooks

Domenico Modugno (1928-1994); Volare

Luigi Denza (1846-1922): Funiculì, Funiculà, Neapolitan song, lyrics: Peppino Turco

Shira Ben David – soprano

Michal Doron – mezzo-soprano

Eran Zehavi – pianist

14 / Saturday / 19.10.19 / 16:15

An American in Berlin – Opera Singers

George Gershwin (1898-1937): Summer time, from Porgy and Bess

Kurt Weill (1900-1950): 1. Wie large noche, lyrics: Walter Mehring. 2. Nana's Lied, lyrics: Bertolt Brecht. 3. Eifersuchtsduet from the musical Die Dreigroschenoper, lyrics: Bertolt Brecht. 4. Es regnet, lyrics: Jean Cocteau.

5. September, lyrics: Maxwell Anderson

George Gershwin: 1. Just Another Rhumba. Lyrics: Ira Gershwin. 2. The man I love, lyric: Ira Gershwin. 3. By Strauss, lyrics: Ira Gerswin.

Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990):

1. We are women, from the operetta Candide.

2. I feel pretty, from the Broadway musical West Side Story, lyrics: Stephen Sondheim.

3. A boy like that, from the Broadway musical West Side Story, lyrics: Stephen Sondheim

John Kander (b. 1927): Cabaret from the Broadway musical, lyrics: Cabaret from the Broadway musical

Robert B. Sherman (1925-2012) / Richard M. Sherman (b. 1928): 1. Feed the Birds. 2. "Spoonful of sugar" from the musical film Mary Poppins

Richard Rodgers (1902-1979): Climb Every Mountain, from the musical The Sound of Music, lyric: Hammerstein II

Irving Berlin (1888-1989): Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better, from the musical film Annie Get Your Gun

Yael Levita – soprano

Maya Bakstansky – mezzo-soprano

Eran Zehavi – pianist

15 / Monday / 21.10.19 / 14:00

Ermena Quartet from Bulgaria

Jewish Tradition: Shalom alehem, arr.Gil Aldema

Bulgarian Orthodox songs: 1. Bless the Lord, oh my soul, Psalm 103.

2. Praise the LORD, all you nations, Psalm 117

Bulgarian folk songs: 1. Todora is resting. 2. Are you sleeping, Strawberry? 3. Nedelyo. 4. Katerina my maiden. 5. Listen You. 6. Do You Love Me? 7. A young maiden is sweeping the yard. 8. Give me your hand, Vase. 9. Rada, Have your Dinner. 10. A young maiden is standing. 11. A Young Flower Picking Girl.

Ladino song: La Galana

Joseph Hadar (1926-2006): Erav shel Shoshanim, lyrics: Moshe Dor

Ermena Quartet: Sorina Bogomilova, Ralitsa Atanasova, Tanya Nedeva, Milena Stavreva

Kostadin Atanasov – bagpipe player

Yanush Horowitz – Balkan accordion player

Happy Holidays! Talma

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