A flurry of firsts

New and exciting programming is in store for the Spring Festival in Rishon Lezion.

Israel Ballet (photo credit: HELEN KAYE)
Israel Ballet
(photo credit: HELEN KAYE)
Whatever your pleasure, there’s a bit of everything at 2014 Spring Festival at Rishon Lezion from May 15 to May 24. The venues are the Amphipark, the Auditorium and the Concert Hall.
One feisty crowd-pleaser is sure to be Game On, a collaboration between the Israel Ballet and Mayumana based on The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky. When this (then) young composer’s seminal work premiered in 1913, there was a near riot in the theater. Today it’s a widely performed concert and ballet work. This version, with choreography by Ido Tadmor and musical arrangements by Mayumana, looks at the piece from a 21st-century perspective.
Among the rest: a concert performance of Verdi’s Rigoletto, the tragic story of court jester Rigoletto who tries in vain to protect his daughter Gilda, only to lose her. Dan Ettinger conducts the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon Lezion.
Composer pianist Gil Shohat is one of seven pianists in Seventy Finger Madness, an evening of piano music from classical to jazz. Music from The New York voices, a Grammy- winning quartet, ranges from classic jazz to the Beatles. They’ll be singing with Meir Eshel’s Big Band.
Special to the festival is the launch of Yasmin Levi’s new album Tango and Dos Tchikitikas, or The Two Little ‘Uns, an evening of songs and stories from Greece and the Balkans featuring Hani Nahmias and Irit Anavi.
There’s are programs of reggae and ska, of blues, soul, rock and roll, the urban Greek folk called rebetiko, a new program of female rock from The Witches, and much more.
Like we said – something for everyone.