A birthday celebration

The Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra inaugurates the International Bach Festival.

David Shemer (photo credit: YOSSI SUPAR)
David Shemer
(photo credit: YOSSI SUPAR)
The first International Bach Festival, initiated by the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra, will take place between March 17 and 21 in several venues of the holy city.
“To the best of my knowledge, this is the only Bach festival that takes place on the date that Bach was born, March 21,” says Sara Piro, manager of the orchestra.
“Lectures about Bach’s music presented by the orchestra’s artistic director David Shemer triggered the idea for the festival.”
The festival examines Bach’s influence on his contemporaries to the composers of our time. The program features orchestral and chamber concerts, numerous free outdoor events, an exhibition, lectures, a musicological symposium, city tours and more.
“Bach lovers should be prepared for a five-day music celebration in Jerusalem,” says Piro. “We appeal to a wide array of the public, and I believe that everyone will find something specific and enjoy it.”
The YMCA auditorium in Jerusalem will serve as the center of the festival activities. Concerts will also take place at the Jerusalem Theater, the Jerusalem Music Center, in Ein Kerem, at the Israeli Conservatory in Tel Aviv and at Elma Hall in Zicron Ya’acov among other venues.
Conductor Joshua Rifkin, a prominent Bach researcher, is among the festival guests. He will conduct the St. Matthew Passion. The soloists include leading international and Israeli singers. Among other artists are organist Edmund Boris Andler from Croatia and pianist Jascha Nemtsov from Germany.
For a detailed program, go to www.jbo.co.il. For reservations: www.bimot.co.il; [email protected]; or *6226.