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Schubertiade goes the extra mile
a marathon concert dedicated to the great Viennese composer's birthday
celebration, which was initiated by cellist Raz Kohn four years ago as
a single concert, tours the country in its fourth season. This year the
3.5-hour long program features mostly the composer's vocal pieces, but
not only. The program includes Lieder
, performed by young
Israeli singers Daniela Lugassi, Ayala Zimbler, Eitan Drori and Gabriel
Löwenheim, both solo and in various combinations of duets, trios and a
The Venezia Ensemble - eight female vocalists with Ethan Schmeisser at the piano - will sing Psalm 23
and a poem by Sir Walter Scott.
The program also includes also several chamber pieces, performed
by pianists Daniel Gortler and Ido Ariel, violinist Itamar Zorman,
violist Yael Patish, Kohn and double bass player Eran Borovich. The
concerts, traditionally presented by music journalist Yossi Schiffmann,
will take place on January 29 at 1 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center
in Rishon Lezion, on January 30 at 7 p.m. at the Einav Cultural Center
in Tel Aviv, and on February 1 at 5 p.m. at the Henry Crown Theatre,
'Avatar' sinks 'Titanic' at box office
James Cameron's Avatar remained the number one grossing movie over the weekend, overtaking Cameron's own Titanic as the highest grossing film of all time.
No. 1 for the sixth-straight weekend with $36 million, the 20th
Century Fox sci-fi spectacle lifted its US total to $552.8 million,
according to studio estimates Sunday. The studio said Avatar has hit $1.29 billion in international ticket sales, passing the $1.24 billion mark set by Titanic.