Grapevine: Alber and Shenkar

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Design by Alber Elbaz (photo credit: YAKI HALPERIN)
Design by Alber Elbaz
(photo credit: YAKI HALPERIN)
■ ANY HONORS accorded to world-famous Israeli fashion designer Alber Elbaz, who relocated to Paris several years ago after first climbing up the fashion ladder in New York, reflect on his alma mater, Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Ramat Gan, with which he still has strong ties.
In fact, every time he comes to Israel, where he still has relatives, he pays a visit to Shenkar and gets involved in some of its projects. Over the years he has also taken in Shenkar graduates as interns, giving them the professional experience of a lifetime. The Elbaz springboard has helped them to carve significant careers of their own.
Big things are happening for Elbaz, who was recently elevated from a Knight of the Legion of Honor to an Officer of the Legion of Honor, and together with perfumer Frederic Malle, he has launched a new fragrance called “Superstitious.” The ceremony for Elbaz’s elevation to an officer was held during Paris Fashion Week, in the presence of the editors of Vogue, Women’s Wear Daily and Harper’s Bazaar, as well as the top buyers for Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman, famous actresses who wore his creations and fellow fashion designers. The ceremony was held at the Palais Royal, where French Culture Minister Audrey Azoulay pinned his new medal on him. Azoulay presented a biographical rundown of the Moroccan-born Elbaz, who came to Israel as a 10 year old, and who after completing his army service enrolled at Shenkar – and the rest is history.
Azoulay, though born in Paris, is also of Moroccan-Jewish background and is the daughter of André Azoulay, who is an adviser to the King of Morocco whom he represented at the funeral of Shimon Peres.
■ AMONG THE many concerts and music festivals that traditionally take place during the intermediate days of Succot is the 10th anniversary concert of Musicians of Tomorrow founded by former refusenik and former first violinist of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Anna Rosnovsky.
Following her retirement from the orchestra, which in December will celebrate the 80th anniversary of its founding by Polish violinist Bronislaw Huberman, Rosnovsky relocated to the North, where she found youngsters with promising musical talent and trained them to perform as soloists and as part of an orchestra. Supporters of Musicians of Tomorrow are keenly interested in the progress of the youngsters and make a point of attending their performances.
Key promoters of Musicians of Tomorrow are Evelyn and Howard Ross, formerly of the UK and for many years residents of Herzliya Pituah. Evelyn Ross was a member of the group The 35s Women’s Campaign for Soviet Jewry in Britain who campaigned for the release of Soviet Jews. Ross was personally involved in getting Rosnovsky out of Russia, and has continued the relationship. She and her husband have hosted Musicians of Tomorrow in their home and have publicized their achievements in Israel and abroad.
Musicians of Tomorrow were approached by the prestigious Seven Stars Residence, which is a luxury retirement complex in Herzliya Pituah, with a large hall for varied events including concerts. The performance will be free of charge, although donations will be gratefully accepted. The date is Thursday, October 20 with a reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by the concert which will begin promptly at 6:45. The address is 138 Hanassi Yitzhak Ben Zvi Street, Herzliya Pituah. To reserve a seat, contact as soon as possible
■ ON THE same date and at the same time, the Italian Cultural Institute at 25 Hamered Street, Tel Aviv, will host a musical conversation about Nabucco: an Italian story told through music with violinist and musicologist Fabrizio Longo. Each year unknown authors and composers are unearthed in the world of music and drama. It is rare, according to Longo, to find a genuine great composer such as Michelangelo Falvetti (1642-1692). Unfortunately, out of his many works, only two great examples have survived: The Flood and Nabucco. Vincenzo Giattini (1630-1697), one of the most highly respected of librettists of the time, gave a Falvetti the librettos for the pieces.
The theme of arrogance and idolatry defeat seems to have been chosen with care. This and other interesting and curious aspects about Nabucco have been discovered by Longo, who has extensively researched and written about the work of Falvetti. The conversation will be in Italian with Hebrew translation. It is being presented in collaboration with the Abu Ghosh Festival and Mifal Hapayis.