1. Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival
Just two more days remain of the renowned Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival that is known for its magnificent classical music performances. This year the focus has been on the quintet (ensembles of five instruments) with local and international musicians performing quintets by the well-known greats such as Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert and Brahms as well as quintets by lesser known greats like Bartók, Elgar and Ligeti.
Highlights of the festival include a commemoration of the music of Paul Hindemith, a German-born American composer, violist, violinist, teacher and conductor. The festival is currently in its 16th year and is taking place at the gorgeous 600-seat YMCA, Mary Nathaniel Hall.
Address: 26 King David Street, Jerusalem
Phone: (02) 625-0444
When: August 28 – September 4, 2013
Price: NIS 150; seniors: NIS 120; students and last-minute: NIS 80
2. Swan Lake on Ice
The famous love story Swan Lake is set to take place at the Jerusalem Theater’s Sherover Theater for only two days later this month. A vibrant adrenaline-infused production of the renowned classical story will move Jerusalem audiences with its impressive choreography, performances and sensational costumes – all on ice. The award-winning show by the Moscow-based Imperial Ice Starsis accustomed to standing ovations and is certainly not one to miss.
Address: 20 Marcus Street, Talbiyeh
Phone: (02) 560-5755
When: September 23 – 24, 2013; 23rd: 8 pm; 24th: 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm.
Price: NIS 279-349
3. Piyyut Festival
Now in its sixth year, the much-anticipated Piyyut Festival celebrates piyyutim, Jewish liturgical poems that are sung, chanted, or recited during religious services, and aims to bring together varying Jewish communities as well as traditional and modern culture.
The opening night offers a fascinating Kurdish theme, with a combination of rare sounds and well-known dance tracks. The closing night’s festivities (free) take place at Safra Square and features The New Jerusalem Orchestra together with musicians like Berry Sakharof and Daniel Zamir.
Address: Beit AviChai: 44 King George Street, Jerusalem and around Jerusalem
Phone: (02) 621-5900
Dates: September 8-11, 2013
4. Mozart’s Don Giovanni
Enjoy an open-air production of the opera Don Giovanni in the spectacular setting of the Tower of David courtyard. The show is the premier production of the Jerusalem Opera, which was established last year and also features two Italian artists: the Baritone Gabriele Ribis in the lead role and stage director as well as the bass-baritone Dario Giorgele.
Don Giovanni is one of the most performed operas around the world and is known for its great music and intriguing plot. Expect state of the art technology, photography, video art, sound and lighting.
Address: Tower of David, Jaffa Gate, Jerusalem
Phone: *6226 (Bimot – tickets)
Dates: October 6 & 10, 2013: 8:00 pm
Price: NIS 249
5. Gran FondoGirod’Italia
Cyclists and bike enthusiasts can look forward to Jerusalem’s first ever Gran FondoGirod’Italia, a mix between a long distance recreational cycling event as well as a competitive road race. Fun for spectators, as well as competitive and amateur riders, the event includes lots of Italian-inspired festivities and entertainment such as Italian opera playing during the race.Participants get to choose between three courses: 20 km, 85 km and 127 km.
Phone: (03) 736-1772
Date: October 11, 2013
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