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  • Talma Gotteiner

Ein Karem Music Festival

Hi there,

The Zimbalista Music Factory Association is proud to present the third music festival in Ein Kerem. Three days of classical music led by musicians from the leading orchestras in Israel.

The festival was founded and musically directed by the conductor and percussionist Chen Zimbalista, emphasizing classical music with touches of jazz and world music.

The festival was founded and is held by the Zimbalista Music Factory Association, which advocates multicultural music. The Zimbalista Music Factory Association holds musical and educational activities such as festivals, concerts, workshops, and master classes. The association brings together leading musicians and outstanding musical youth with an emphasis on coexistence and multiculturalism.

The festival is not for profit and all proceeds are dedicated to the association's activities.

Ein Karem Music Festival
Credit: The Music Factory Ensemble by Shelly Baharon

WHEN: May 25-27, 2023


The festival will open on Thursday (May 25) with the concert "You Must Ring Twice" - unique arrangements of poets Natan Alterman and Moshe Wilensky alongside classical works by Bach, Vivaldi, and Yusupov performed by the Music Factory ensemble as well as an international première of the work 'Approach' for viola and orchestra by the composer Hiba Sadran.

Later there will be a unique evening show "Sounds in the Monastery" an experience with the sound artist Tai Rona and the pianist Yehezkel Raz. The performance will take place in the original prayer space of the monastery (a limited number of places).

On Friday morning (26.5) will open with a family concert "Family Morning in the Garden" directed and led by percussionist and conductor - Chen Zimbalista. The concert will include Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker", Gronich's "GO", Bach, and more.

Later in the day, the unique concert "Song of the Monks" with liturgic music of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, a unique concert in which the Ein Kerem Music Festival will host the 'Magnificat' vocal ensemble in the historic prayer space of the church.

After that, you are invited to "Jazz at Sunset" - a show open to the general public in Father Severino's yard at the Church o St. John the Baptist. Wine and light refreshments will be sold in the yard.

The second evening of the festival will conclude with the singing of choirs - "Adiemos" - in a performance with multiple participants with 70 musicians on stage, including the Moran Choir, the Fureidis Choir, the Music Factory Orchestra, and percussionists to perform the iconic work "Adiemos" by Jenkins.

Saturday morning (May 27) will open with classical masterpieces by Schubert, Dvožak, and Tchaikovsky alongside Levitis and Gronich and performed by the chamber ensemble of the Music Factory teachers.

The festival will conclude with the "Singing of the Monks in the Orchard", a magical and experiential morning show in which a glimpse into the world of the Franciscan monks will be given in a unique performance by the Magnificat Ensemble. The ensemble will perform church music of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.


Ein Kerem Music Festival

Concert ticket prices: 85-140 NIS

  • There is a 50% discount for residents of Ein Kerem upon presentation of a resident card.

  • Tickets by advance purchase via the website or by phone at *6226.

  • Co-guests: Custodia di Terrae Sanctae Association and Magnificat Institute Jerusalem

For village* attractions, accommodation, and travel packages enter Ein Kerem legend or call 02-6418682.

*During the festival, the ancient house in Ein Kerem and the jam boutique "Shoshanat Ein Kerem" operating on its premises will be open to visitors. Experience a visit to an authentic house with exciting archaeology, masterful architecture, and a spectacular view from the roof of the house. You can sit in the garden for coffee/cookies/jams made by the Jam Boutique, which has about 100 flavors of jams and liqueurs. The visit to the house is for a nominal fee. To find out opening hours call 050-2452800. Address: 14 Ein Kerem, Derech Ha'Hayot.



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