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The 31st Abu Gosh Vocal Music Festival starts Wednesday and runs through Saturday, May 26, at the scenic village on the hill leading to Jerusalem. With some 700 musicians of choirs, soloists, orchestras and ensembles, this year's festival boasts an 11-man choir from Tbilissi singing Georgian sacred and folk songs as featured guests.
The festival program combines well-known pieces and special productions. Five requiems a - by Bruckner, Puccini, Michael Haydn, Saint-Saens and Faur - make up its center. Other major choral pieces scheduled are Bach s "Great" Mass in B minor, "Canto General" by Theodorakis, Dvorak s Moravian Folk Songs, Rachmaninov s "Vocalize" and two a-cappella songs by Dmitri Shostakovich, as well as the premiere of a work by Yehezkel Braun. Ora Zittner will be "Singing Renaissance" in Thursday's eclectic vocal marathon that includes Beethoven s arrangements of Scottish and Welsh folk songs, Maori songs from New Zealand, Flemish music and much more.
All 14 of the main concerts take place in the beautiful Kiryat Yearim Church, famous for its acoustics, while the traditional series of outdoor concerts will be held this year as well.
Tickets at agencies across the country and on the net at www.tkts.co.il