Dan Ettinger 311.
(photo credit: courtesy)
In a praiseworthy decision, The Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon Lezion (ISO)
has announced that its 2010/2011 season will feature only Israeli musicians. The
orchestra’s artistic director, Dan Ettinger, has opted to enlist 24 soloists and
conductors, some who appear regularly on the world’s most prestigious stages, as
well as younger colleagues who on the brink of breaking out. Five Israeli choirs
will also participate in various concert programs.
Ettinger, who in
addition to his position at Rishon Symphony is also the artistic director of
Mannheim Opera Theater and the Tokyo Philharmonic, will himself conduct three
symphony series and participate in the Friday Noon chamber series as a pianist.
For the season’s opening offering, Ettinger will conduct Mahler’s monumental
Symphony No. 2, with Hila Baggio and Noa Frenkel as soloists.
the season, Ettinger will conduct Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin,
Viola and Orchestra with Michael Gurfinkel, Vladimir Gru, Gabriela Bukovski and
Chezi Nir performing the solo parts. He will end the season with Rossini’s
Petite Messe Solennelle with soloists Gal James, Edna Prochnik, Motti Kaston and
Violinist Guy Braunstein – the concert master of the
Berlin Philharmonic – playing Sibelius’s Violin Concerto under Yoav Talmi will
arguably make for an evening no music lover can afford to miss. The same can be
said regarding the performance of the amazing US-based pianist Alon Goldstein,
who will play Chopin’s Second Concerto with young Israeli maestro Daniel Cohen
on the podium.
HARPSICHORD PLAYER and conductor Shalev Ad-El, leading the
ISO through the world premier of Benjamin Yusupov’s Concerto for Two Clarinets
(with twin brothers Daniel and Alexander Gurfinkel) is another of the season’s
highlight. And last but not least is renowned Israeli violinist Shlomo Mintz,
conducting and performing Vivali’s Concerto for Four Violins with his younger
colleagues – a moving and undoubtedly rewarding musical event.
chamber series concerts, traditionally scheduled for Friday at noon, comprise
familiar pieces by Brahms, Schubert, Mozart, Prokofiev and Liszt, as well also
the more contemporary Sofia Gubaidulina. Many talented musicians – orchestra
members and guest artists – will participate in the eight-concert series,
including pianists Matan Porat, Yulia Gurevitz and Michal Tal, clarinet player
Chen Halevi, cellists Raz Cohen, Tami Waterman and Hilel Tzori, violinists
Eckart Lorenzen, Galina Glushkin.
PercaDu and the Carmel Quartet will
also be among the artists featured – to name but a few.
Series, which features four concerts, sounds very intriguing, offering
encounters with such openminded and creative artists as Idit Shechtman
Bells Ensemble, young singers from the Opera Studio, choir Moran Beit
directors Dani Ehrlich and Niv Hoffman; conductors David Zebba, Naomi
Aviv Ron promise an unforgettable musical adventure for the young and
In addition, the orchestra will be running, for the seventh
year now, a special education project for the generation of future
goers. This year, some 6,000 school children will participate in more
encounters with the ISO and its various ensembles.
As as if that were not
enough, the ISO will also find the time to run matinees for senior
travel abroad (this time to Italy, under maestro Daniel Oren), all the
serving as the orchestra for the Israeli Opera.