Alma Deutscher 8-year-old British composer 370.
(photo credit: Guy Deutscher)
It is always a joy to spend a few days at Kibbutz Kfar Blum, amid the easy
luxury of the Pastoral Hotel and the verdant and brightly floral surroundings,
with the Golan Heights and Mount Hermon as an impressive and imposing
But for the past 29 years, this slot of the
summer there has been about the classical music endeavor that takes place at the
Voice of Music Festival, and there was a qualitative and quantitative abundance
of said artistic expression to be had at Kfar Blum, and its environs, last
Thursday’s Early Works at Kibbutz Baram concert featured a
delightfully robust reading of Debussy’s Piano Trio in G major, with Shanghai-
born, Boston-based violinist Xiao-Dong Wang leading the unfettered
Pianist Miri Yampolsky and cellist Orfeo Mandozzi were able and
willing comrades in musical exploration. Prior to that, Mozart’s French horn
Quintet in E flat major left the audience with smiles on their faces.
young star of the festival, eight-year-old British composer and
multi-instrumentalist Alma Deutscher, was around and about throughout the
There was a special childfriendly performance of Deutscher’s
opera The Sweeper of Dreams, complete with an explanatory introduction by
cellist and festival artistic director Zvi Plesser.
By all accounts, the
youngsters in the audience were an educated lot and responded very
enthusiastically to the performance by the four vocalists and the string
quintet. Alma, and her parents, were mobbed after the show, and many a
photograph was snapped. The eight-year-old took it all in stride.
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opera was given a second airing, this time for an adult audience, at the
Farewell Concert on Saturday morning which opened with a colorful and emotive
performance of Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 1, op. 18. Plesser addressed the
patrons prior to the start of the musical proceedings, and also filled the
cellist slot in the rendition of the quartet.
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