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Jerusalem Orchestras: The 8th Pianos Festival is Online

Hi there,

The Jerusalem Theater is holding its 8th annual festival in an online format this year. Its four days of concerts will be dedicated to genius composer Ludwig van Beethoven on the occasion of his 250th birthday anniversary. The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra will hold 2 free concerts in honor of the event.

On Wednesday, November 11, there will be an evening that is all Beethoven conducted by Ilan Volkov and on Saturday, November 14, the closing concert of the Jerusalem Symphony will be conducted by Ziv Cojokaru.

The orchestra's CEO, Ofer Amsalem: “As befits the current period, we at the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra continue the tradition of staging free online concerts for the benefit of the general public. I invite the general public to connect and enjoy great concerts and free quality music."

Jerusalem Orchestras: The 8th Pianos Festival is Online
Credit: Piano Soloist Dorel Golan taken by Wolfgang Braun

WHEN: Nov 11-14, 2020

The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, which is in its 83rd season, was founded in the late 1930s as an orchestra of the Mandatory Broadcasting Service in Palestine. With the establishment of the state, it became the national radio orchestra known as the Kol Israel Orchestra, and in the 1970s it became the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Israel Broadcasting Authority. Most of the concerts were recorded and broadcast from the orchestra's home hall - Henry Crown Auditorium at the Jerusalem Theater. The orchestra's new musical director is maestro Steven Sloane.

Among its previous musical directors are prominent names such as Mandy Rowden, Lukas Foss, Gary Bertini, Lawrence Foster, David Shalon, Leon Botstein and Frédéric Chaslin. The orchestra's repertoire is a wide combination of past and present masterpieces, from baroque works to contemporary music. The orchestra is often invited to concert tours around the world and has performed in the most prestigious halls, including Carnegie Hall in New York, the Vienna Musikverein, the Cologne Philharmonic Hall and the main concert halls in Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Lucerne.

An Evening Full of Beethoven - A Free Concert

Wednesday, Nov 11, 2020 at 20:00

Pianist Bishara Harouni in a wonderful concert conducted by Ilan Volkov starting with the overture of the "Fidelio" opera, continuing with the Concerto No. 4 for piano and ending with "Eroica" from Symphony No. 3.


"Fidelio" Overture in E Major, op. 72b - Beethoven

Piano Concerto No. 4 - Beethoven

"Eroica" Symphony No. 3. in E-flat Major, op. 55


Conductor: Ilan Volkov

Piano Soloist: Bishara Harouni

The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra

The concert lasts about an hour and a quarter without a break.

The Closing Concert of the Festival - A Free Concert

Saturday, Nov 14th, 2020 at 20:00

A concert full of Beethoven's works, with piano soloists Tomer Lev and Dorel Golan conducted by Ziv Cojokaru with the Oratorio Jerusalem Choir.

The wonderful program includes The Emperor Piano Concerto No. 5, The Fantasy for Piano with choir, soloists and orchestra and the "Egmont" overture.


"Egmont" Overture in F Minor, op. 84 - Beethoven

The Emperor Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, op. 73 - Beethoven

Fantasy for piano, choir, soloists and orchestra in C Major, op. 80 - Beethoven


Conductor - Ziv Cojokaru

Piano - Tomer Lev

Piano - Dorel Golan

The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra

Cappellate- The Jerusalem Oratorio Chamber Choir

Jerusalem Oratorio Chamber Choir

The Jerusalem Academy Chamber Choir


The concerts will be broadcast free of charge on the Jerusalem Theater's Facebook page and YouTube channel.

For the convenience of the audience - you can order a ticket for the concert (free) in advance and on the day of the concert you will be sent a reminder and a link for direct viewing.



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