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The Renaissance Festival, now in its 18th year, is taking place on September 27
and 28 at the Yehiam Fortress in the western Galilee.
events, which include chamber concerts and various outdoor events, will be
presented within the walls and yards of the ancient Crusader fortress,
surrounded by a beautiful park.
“This year the festival explores the
music and the rich culture of the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque, which
came to us from countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea,” says festival
artistic director and harpsichordist Marina Minkin. “This is a family event, and
we don’t stray from the tradition.
The festival programs are geared
toward the widest audience possible and include not only concerts in the
fortress halls but also various outdoor activities, such as street theater,
shows, processions and workshops.”
The festival, which boasts very high
artistic standards, is hosting some of the best local ensembles, such as
Phoenix, the Talmus Quartet, the Bat Kol and Shani choirs, as well as
distinguished musicians from France, Germany, Italy, England and
The festival opens on September 26 at 8:30 p.m. with the Celtic
Fire show, with the Buran Ensemble hosting Yair Vardiger, the soloist of the
Trikotra Irish dance ensemble, as well as a performance by belly dancer Avigail
For the following two days, the activities begin at 10 a.m. and
last until late afternoon. The festival concerts, with the exception of the
opening show, are free of charge.
Visitors pay only for the entrance
tickets to the Yehiam National Park.
The price of the kids’ workshops,
which range from early musical instruments to creating Renaissance hats, is very
On the whole, the festival programs have fun and pleasure
written all over them. Natalie Rotenberg and Alex Rosenblatt present a madrigal
concert, which both kids and grownups will enjoy, while the Bat Kol choir under
Anat Morag will render love songs from the Renaissance period until
Doret Florentin (recorder) Gil Evron (guitar) and Riki Peled
(narration, viola da gamba) present a captivating musical journey entitled
“Following Dona Gracia,” a tribute to the legendary wealthy Spanish Jewess who
often visited Tiberias.
The Shani multicultural choir from the Jezreel
Valley Music Center, which unites Jewish and Arab girls, will present a varied
program of songs by such composers as Khalil Jibran, Solomone Rossi and Tzvi
Myrna Herzog’s Phoenix early instrument ensemble, with soloist
soprano Michal Okun, will offer a selection of 17th-century Latin American music
– and that is just part of the roster.
The festival will host several
musicians from abroad. They include world-renowned flutist Israeli Moshe
Epstein, who spends a significant part of his time teaching in Germany; French
mezzo-soprano Mariam Sakissian; and Hungarian hurdy-gurdy player Pablo
The closing event of the festival is a commedia dell’arte style
show entitled The Princess
, the King and the White Clown
, presented by the
Tiberias theater. A must-see for the whole family, the play features actors,
puppets and some of the finest local Baroque musicians, such as Amit
In addition, the festival has two affiliated performances.
The Israeli Bach Soloists perform at Kibbutz Eilon on September 24, and the
Kibbutz Dance Ensemble presents its program at Kibbutz Ga’aton on September
27.For reservations, call (04) 952-1175 For the detailed program, visit
Web site www.lagalil.com