A look at upcoming arts and culture events

The Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon Lezion (photo credit: WWW.ISORCHESTRA.CO.IL)
The Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon Lezion
(photo credit: WWW.ISORCHESTRA.CO.IL)
Curtain raiser
The annual “Curtain Up” dance festival, which begins next week, is completing a quarter-century of providing a showcase for independent choreographers from around the country.
During the festival from November 13-23, there will be performances of works at the event’s home base, the Suzanne Dellal Center in Tel Aviv, as well as at the Jerusalem Theater. The lineup features 11 debut productions, as well as workshops for the artists.
The artistic director of this year’s event is director, choreographer and playwright Itzik Juli, who has selected works by 14 young choreographers – among them Ido Feder, Galit Lis, Lilach Penina Livneh and Iris Erez. The works explore a wide range of subjects. Erez’s offering, for example, examines the complexity of intimate relationships in an era when public and intimate events overlap, while Feder’s work involves two characters who engage in the interface be - tween the artist and reality.
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Doda revisited
Early ’80s pop group Doda – Hebrew for “aunt” – will get a fresh airing at Tzavta in Tel Aviv on Tuesday, when its bass guitarist Alon Nad - al leads six-piece band Bat Doda (“cousin”) in performing songs by the legendary group.
Although it was fronted by Gidi Gov and Danny Sanderson of seminal ’70s pop-rock band Kaveret, Doda did not enjoy a long run: It put out a single album in 1980. However, the record proved to have a long shelf life. Various numbers from it gained gen - erous air play, and the record took on an iconic status. It was reissued in 2011.
Joining Nadal at the 9 p.m. Tzavta show, which he is producing as well, will be Funk’n’stein vocalist Elran Deckel, bass guitarist-vocalist Gadi Altman, drummer Ran Shimoni, keyboard player Asaf Frishman and electric guitarist Gil Shapira. Sanderson will put in a guest appearance.
For tickets and more information: (03) 695-0156 or (03) 695-0157
Friday chamber music
The Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon Lezion will open its “Friday Noon Chamber Music” series on November 14 at the city’s Hechal Hatarbut. The series starter will feature works by Haydn’s Echo String Sextet for Two String Trios, Brahms’s String Sextet No. 2 Op. 36, and Haifa-born composer Ella Milch-Sheriff’s Songs from the Edge. Milch-Sheriff’s work is for a string quartet and a mezzo-soprano vocalist, with Karin Shifrin filling the latter role.
Joining Shifrin will be the Rishonim Quartet of violinists Yaron Prensky and Dotan Netel, viola player Irit Livne and cellist Raz Cohen, as well as viola player Amit Landau and South African-born cellist Doron Toister.
For tickets and more information: (03) 948-4840
‘Apartment for Rent’
Generations of Israelis have grown up on the delightful tale of Leah Goldberg’s 1959 children’s book Apartment for Rent . Now the story of the troublesome neighborliness that eventually turns out all right will be performed in a suitably entertaining musical style by the Tel Aviv Soloists Ensemble at Modi’in’s Einan Auditorium on November 10.
The 5 p.m. concert forms part of the ensemble’s “A Doll of a Concert” series for junior music fans ages four through nine. In addition to the score, the program features an acting and presentation slot by Ido Mousari and Dotan Elad. The young audience – and likely their parents – will listen to a feast of sounds “borrowed” from Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf,” Rimsky Korsakov’s “The Flight of the Bumblebee,” Stravinsky’s “The Nightingale,” and “Apartment for Rent” by composer-arranger Dikla Baniel, who also acts as artistic director of the show.
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