Spring heads to Rishon

The ninth International Spring Festival Rishon Lezion pays tribute to the state's 60th birthday and to the "Year of Poland" in Israel.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
March 6, 2008 10:17
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Karmiel Festival 88 29. (photo credit: Karmiel Dance Festival )

The ninth International Spring Festival Rishon Lezion from April 4-12 pays tribute to the state's 60th birthday and to the "Year of Poland" in Israel. The festival opener is Carpe Diem from the Poznan Dance Theater, choreographed by Ewa Wycichowska. Also from Poland comes Chopiniana, a tribute to Poland's greatest musical son; from the Camerata Silesia, a vocal ensemble from Katowitz; and Maria Pomianowska, who leads an ensemble of six musicians, two dancers and two singers straight into the Polish countryside with the kind of music that might have inspired Chopin. The Tbilisi Opera is coming with Leoncavallo's tragic I Pagliacci and there will also be a gala concert of everybody's favorite opera party pieces. The Magnets are six guys headed here from the UK who sing a-capella pop music. From Spain comes dancer/choreographer Asier Zabaleta, whose Ego-Tik blends dance, video and wooden cubes. Our own contributions include the Golden Peacock Trio comprised of pianist/composer Eyal Batt, a singer and a violinist, who will premiere Batt's newest work i based on a story by I.L. Peretz. Luscious-voiced singer Keren Kadar and the all-woman Contemporary Israel Quartet offer settings to Sasha Argov songs by 10 local composers, and not least, i features some of our own jazz greats, such as pianist Dani Gottfried, saxophonist Albert Piamenta and percussionist Arale Kaminski. These are the highlights. There's more, and a free after hours club for community singing. Tickets range from NIS 90 to NIS 150.


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