• Talma Gotteiner

The 9th Jewish Music Days Festival 2021

Updated: Feb 18

Hi there,


The "Days of Jewish Music" festival, under the musical direction of Dr. Yuval Rabin, an international musicologist and organist, in collaboration with the Department of Music and the Dahan Center at Bar-Ilan University, will be held online this year with free registration.


WHEN: March 7-9, 2021

The 9th Jewish Music Days Festival 2021
Credit: Photo by Avi Sarid of the tribute concert to Dave Tarras

Dr. Rabin created the festival that combines melodies with liberalism in order to provide a quality stage for excellent Jewish music of all regions without prejudice of one style over the other. The Jewish Music Days festival builds bridges between East and West, old and new, popular and academic.


This year's festival is marked by the balance between ruling and compassion, appropriate for these days and deals mainly with the piyyutim/hymns of the High Holidays. When asked why, Dr. Rabin explained that despite the proximity to Purim and the desire to rejoice during this difficult time, he found it most natural to engage this year in these piyyutim/hymns, since with all the difficulty they present, they lead to an optimistic ending.

The festival deals with the two great piyyutim/hymns of the High Holidays. The most important hymn in the Ashkenazi communities "Untanneh Tokef (We shall ascribe holiness to this day)" expresses the belief that prayer, repentance and charity remove the harsh decree. The second hymn is a major hymn from the Eastern and Sephardic communities, "Et Shaarei Ratson Lehipatach (The Time for the Gates of Will to Open)" expresses the conviction that G-d preserves our ancestral right and accepts us and our prayers.


FESTIVAL PROGRAM


SUNDAY, MARCH 7TH, 2021 "U MI BAMAGEFA"


17:00-18:30 - Lectures

  • Prof. Eli Schleifer - On cantorial traditions in composing and performing the piyyut "Untanneh Tokef".

  • Dr. Avi Bar Eitan - On the melody of Yair Rosenblum for the piyyut "Untanneh Tokef".

19:00-20:00 - A Cantorial Concert - Première

"U Mi Bamagefa" - Different versions of the piyyut "Untanneh Tokef" by cantors Ofer Kalaf, Moshe Fishel Cantors, "Singers of the Israeli Vocal Ensemble": Tom Ben Ishai Soprano, Noa Doron Alt, Uri Behchoko Tenor, Yoav Weiss Bass, Yuval Rabin, Harmonium.


MONDAY, MARCH 8TH, 2021 "ZACHRA LE'EDA SOARA U'NEGUA"


17:00 Concert

A Concert from the Tradition of Moroccan Jewry by Hay Korkus and Tarab Ensemble Jerusalem of the phrase "Zachra Le'eda Soara U'negua" from the hymn "Et Shaarei Ratson Lehipatach"

18:30-20:00 Concert-Lecture

Concert-Lecture / Various versions of the piyyut "Et Shaarei Ratson Lehipatach" by Elad Gabay and Ensemble / Prof. Edwin Seroussi.


TUESDAY, MARCH 9TH, 2021 "EMOR LEZION BA ZMAN HAYESHUA" / "UMA'AVIRIN ET ROA HA'GZERA"


17:30 Concert - Première

The concert "The Ladino Returns to the Levant" by Hadas Pal-Yarden and an ensemble of musicians.

19:00 A Klezmer Concert

"U Ma'avirin et Roa Ha'gzera" - A tribute to Klezmer Giant Dave Tarras by Gilad Harel, Kobi Solomon and the New Orleans Function Jazz Band


REGISTRATION

Hebrew speakers can register on the festival's Hebrew website page.

English speakers are welcome to contact jewish.music.in.israel@gmail.com to receive the link to concert or lecture of interest.


Best,

Talma


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