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A new and rather unusual music festival takes place in the upscale Tel Aviv suburb of Kfar Shmariyahu between May 31 and June 2. Featuring popular pieces by Schubert, Bach, Mozart, Rossini, Piazzola, most of the concerts will take place in private homes.
"It took more than two years to bring this festival - or rather, its pilot - to life," says its artistic coordinator, music critic Yossi Schifmann.
"Shmulik Ben Tovim, the former head of the Kfar Shmariyahu council, asked me to create a special music event. Then Asher Fisch wanted to make a tribute to Beni Oren, his teacher from the Jerusalem Music Academy, who lives in Kfar Shmariyahu. And in one of the scheduled concerts, teacher and student will appear together."
Adds Fisch himself, artistic director of the festival: "Today, if you want to perform chamber music, you need to make a festival. People don't attend single concerts or concert series, yet for festivals they eagerly buy several tickets."
In addition to the house concerts (either indoors or in gardens), there will be a gala concert at Weil Auditorium, with Fisch conducting the Israel Camerata from the keyboard in Mozart's Piano Concerto in G Major. The gala also features Israeli soprano Michal Shamir singing Mozart arias, and more.
Most of the participants in the house concerts are Camerata players. In one, baritone Paul Armin Edelman, currently appearing Cosi fan tutte, will perform a selection of Schubert lieder, accompanied by Fisch on piano.
The amateur Hasharon-Kfar Shmaryahu Orchestra under Shlomo Tintpulver, with vocal Judy Behar, will give a free concert alongside a swimming pool. And for a lively, non-classic concert, accordionist Emil Aibinder will bring out the Folk Music Ensemble of the Jerusalem Music Academy.
Reservations: (09) 956-9430