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The Jerusalem Klezmer Festival will mark its 10th anniversary with a week of
performances, including three days of master classes. The festival begins on
August 5 with the start of the master classes (August 5-7). The classes will
feature musicians from around the world. Hanan Bar-Sela, clarinetist and
managing director of the festival, stresses that a wide range of countries will
be represented, such as Japan, Germany, Austria, Spain and France.
the day, the public can watch the klezmer musicians practice free of charge, but
seating is limited, he explains.
Renowned klezmer musician and classical
clarinetist Giora Feidman (pictured) , founder and artistic director of the
festival, will lead a master class for bass clarinet players.
was a member of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra for over 20 years,” says
Bar-Sela. “He is a very special musician and has brought many of his colleagues
to the festival over the years.”
This year, Feidman has brought such
international friends as Prof. Philippe Cuper, Helmut Eisel, Raul Jaurena,
Federico Mondelci, Guido Jäger, Emil Aybinder and Prof. Gersh Geller.
the evenings, performances will take place throughout the week, beginning with a
concert entitled “From Mozart to Klezmer” at Beit Avi Chai. It will feature
Feidman and clarinetist Cuper of the Paris Opera, accompanied by participants of
the master classes.
The festival will host a concert in Petah Tikva
entitled “Klezmer Tisch.” The performance is a tribute to Feidman, who is
credited with the revival of klezmer music for this generation. It will feature
Feidman, guest artists from Israel and abroad and participants of the master
classes. Following the performance, scholarships will be awarded to outstanding
musiciansoldiers and musicians from northern Israel.
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A Kabbalat Shabbat
concert will take place on Friday afternoon (August 9) at the Jerusalem Great
Synagogue. Entitled “Lecha Dodi,” it features Feidman and Bar- Sela, with
special guest Lt-Col. Shai Abramson, chief cantor of the IDF. The event will be
broadcast live on Israel Radio’s Reshet Moreshet and Reshet Bet.
festival closes on August 11 with a memorial concert in Yad Vashem’s Valley of
the Communities to commemorate the klezmer musicians who perished in the
Holocaust. The concert will feature Feidman, Abramson, guest artists and
participants of the master classes. The concert will be attended by first- and
second-generation Holocaust survivors and Friends of Yad Vashem from Israel and
abroad. It will be broadcast live on Reshet Bet.
The Klezmer Festival
master classes will take place August 5-11. For more information, call (02)
621-5900 or visit http://www.bac.org.il.
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