Lake Garda, Italy 58.
(photo credit: LEORA EREN FRUCHT)
Munitz to receive Italian knighthood
Italian President Giorgio Napolitano has
decided to grant Israeli Opera director-general Hana Munitz the highest honorary
title in Italy, the title of commendatore. Munitz will be given the decoration
in a ceremony on Tuesday in the residence of the Italian ambassador in Tel
The commendatore title is given to persons deemed to have made a
significant contribution to Italian culture. Its recipients are given membership
of the Ordine al merito della republic (Order of merit of the republic), and the
title constitutes a direct continuation of a tradition started when Italy was
still a monarchy.
Munitz has already been honored by Italy in 2008, when
she received the Pucinni Award by the Pucinni Festival, in recognition of her
commitment to advancing the heritage of composer Giacomo Puccini among the
Munitz was listed by Israeli business newspaper Globes
among the 50 most influential women in Israel in 2010.
• Jerusalem Post
staff Yamei Zemer Festival struts the stars
The annual Yamei Zemer Festival will
take place at Holon Theater on Pessah, from April 20 to April 23. As usual the
four day event will be chockfull of stars and intriguing projects which stretch
across a wide spectrum of genres and stylistic approaches.
also be salutes to some of our iconic musical figures, including a show based on
works by late legendary composer Mordehai Ze’ira, a concert devoted to poems
written by Rahel – to mark the 120th anniversary of her birth – and a slot
featuring songs made famous by Sixties band the Hayarkon Bridge Trio of Arik
Einstein, Benny Amdursky and Yehoram Gaon, and later Israel Gurion. The rest of
the Yamei Zemer agenda reads something like a roll call of the leading figures
of the Israeli pop and rock industry, including the likes of Ahinoam Nini,
Shlomo Gronich, Yoni Rechter, Sasi Keshet, Riki Gal, Ben Arzi, Hemi Rudner and
For more information about Yamei Zemer: www.hth.co.il
• Barry Davis