Arts in Brief: Suzanne Dellal wins Israel Prize

Also, Gary Eckstein gets benefit concert.

Suzanne Dellal wins Israel Prize
The Suzanne Dellal Center in Tel Aviv will receive a 2010 Israel Prize for its contribution to Israeli modern dance, Education Minister Gideon Saar announced on Tuesday.
“In its 20 years of activity, the Suzanne Dellal Center has caused dance in Israel to take off,” the Israel Prize selection committee said in a statement.
“The many and varied artistic endeavors of the center have spawned a new generation of artists and performers in the arena of artistic dance. Creative excellence on the center’s stage has broadened, and continues to broaden, the circle of dance-lovers [in Israel].”
The Suzanne Dellal center, which was founded in 1989 by Yair Vardi – who has also stood at its helm for the past 20 year – is supported by the Tel Aviv Municipality, the Tel Aviv Development Fund, the Ministry of Science and Culture and the Yerushalmi family, whose son, Yaron, died in the War of Attrition in 1969.
The prestigious prize is awarded every Independence Day to honor the outstanding achievements of individuals and institutions in a variety of fields.    
    • Elie Leshem
Musician Eckstein gets benefit concert
On March 3, Tel Aviv’s Tzavta Theater will host a fundraising concertfor musician Gary Eckstein, who suffered a stroke in 2008. Eckstein,who put his stamp on Israeli music in the 1970s, has seen financialruin due to his condition.
Volunteering their talents for the gala evening will be several of thecountry’s musical glitterati, including Ephraim Shamir, Arik Sinai,Etti Ankri, Dori Ben Zeev, Danny Sanderson, Danny Robas, Yoni Rechter,Miki Gavrielov, Natan Cohen, Ronit Shachar and Ruti Navon.
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     • Tamar LaFontaine