Melodies of the Middle Ages

Authenic Renaissance music and activities in a Galilee castle.

September 27, 2007 06:25
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Melodies of the Middle Ages

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Authentic medieval music will headline this year's Renaissance Festival, taking place between Sunday and Tuesday in the magnificent Yehiam Fortress in the Western Galilee. The program also includes a blend of styles ranging from Baroque to jazz. Renaissance-inspired activities, street theater, crafts and food will add to the antique ambience. "We made it a point to create a true early music festival," said Drora Bruck, the festival's artistic director, noting that some of the instruments being played are 300-years-old in the appropriate setting of a Crusader castle. In fact, the Monday night concert features the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra performing a 17th-century opera, Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda by Monteverdi, whose plot is set against the background of the Crusader conquest of Jerusalem. Sunday night is the Yamei Beintaim ensemble, which fuses local ethnic music with jazz, and will be hosting Arab musician Alla Shurush and long-standing popular artist Shem-Tov Levi. The third evening relates to the multiethnicity of the Galilee. This is the central concert of the festival, featuring an Arab orchestra from Nazareth playing 19th-century Turkish music, and the multinational choir from the Jezreel Valley, which will sing medieval music. The first and the third concerts will be performed outdoors at Ahziv National Park, while the Baroque orchestra will play at Keshet Eilon concert hall, as ancient instruments can't be exposed to humidity. The Jewish National Fund, a co-sponsor of the festival, will be providing guided tours through the fortress every two hours, as well as walking tours of the surrounding nature reserve. The Antiquities Authority will be organizing special family-oriented activities, such as workshops on medieval crafts, including culinary. Festival events take place between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. An entry ticket to the fortress (15 NIS) gives access to all activities at Yehiam during the day time. Tickets for the evening concerts cost NIS 50-70. September 30 through October 2. Details at 1700-70-50-50 or

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