Schubertiade goes the extra mile

Also: 'Avatar' sinks 'Titanic' at the box office.

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Schubertiade goes the extra mile

Schubertiade,a marathon concert dedicated to the great Viennese composer's birthdaycelebration, which was initiated by cellist Raz Kohn four years ago asa single concert, tours the country in its fourth season. This year the3.5-hour long program features mostly the composer's vocal pieces, butnot only. The program includes Lieder, performed by youngIsraeli singers Daniela Lugassi, Ayala Zimbler, Eitan Drori and GabrielLöwenheim, both solo and in various combinations of duets, trios and aquartet.

The Venezia Ensemble - eight female vocalists with Ethan Schmeisser at the piano - will sing Psalm 23 and a poem by Sir Walter Scott.

The program also includes also several chamber pieces, performedby pianists Daniel Gortler and Ido Ariel, violinist Itamar Zorman,violist Yael Patish, Kohn and double bass player Eran Borovich. Theconcerts, traditionally presented by music journalist Yossi Schiffmann,will take place on January 29 at 1 p.m. at the Performing Arts Centerin Rishon Lezion, on January 30 at 7 p.m. at the Einav Cultural Centerin Tel Aviv, and on February 1 at 5 p.m. at the Henry Crown Theatre,Jerusalem.

Maxim Reider

'Avatar' sinks 'Titanic' at box office

James Cameron's Avatar remained the number one grossing movie over the weekend, overtaking Cameron's own Titanic as the highest grossing film of all time.

No. 1 for the sixth-straight weekend with $36 million, the 20thCentury Fox sci-fi spectacle lifted its US total to $552.8 million,according to studio estimates Sunday. The studio said Avatar has hit $1.29 billion in international ticket sales, passing the $1.24 billion mark set by Titanic.