The Andalusian Orchestra from Ashdod

“What the orchestra has done,” says Ben-Simon, “is to take this music, which is played in synagogues, at private parties, or as folklore, and elevated it to a next level."

By MORDECHAI BECK
September 6, 2018 19:28
The Israel Andalusian Orchestra – Ashdod in performance

The Israel Andalusian Orchestra – Ashdod in performance. (photo credit: RAFI DELOUYA)

 
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THIS YEAR was a special one for the Israel Andalusian Orchestra – Ashdod. Not only has it reached the 25th anniversary since its founding, but in January of 2018 it also received recognition as a national ensemble for Israel, on par with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO).

“This has been a long process,” Ya’akov Ben-Simon told The Jerusalem Report, “but we stayed with it until we achieved our goal.”

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