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Vocal Fantasy Festival

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An Israeli premiere of a new adaptation to Handel’s Oratorio “Esther” by Shalev Ad-El and David Shemer. A work that combines two different works by Handel written for the same story and sung in Hebrew according to Rabbi Jacob Raphael Saraval’s libretto written in 1764 for the Jewish-Portuguese community in Amsterdam.

G. F. Handel Oratorio “Esther”
The Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra
David Shemer, Conductor
Soloists: Monta Martinsone, soprano (Esther); Tereze Gretere, soprano (the Israeli woman); Kanepe Sniedze, Alt (Mordecai); Ansis Betins, Tenor (Ahasuerus) Neijus Masevicius, Bass (Haman)
The Collegium Choro Musici Riga. Chorus master: Maris Kupcs

July 26 at 13:00 – Zucker Auditorium, Heichal Hatarbut, Tel Aviv | For Tickets 



July 27 at 21:00 – International YMCA Auditoriumת Jerusalem | For Tickets

Schütz’s German Requiem

The Collegium Choro Musici Riga. Chorus master: Maris Kupcs
Heinrich Schütz – Musikalische Exequien, Op. 7 and other a-cappella works

July 25 at 20:00 YMCA Conference Hall, Jerusalem For Tickets

Nisi Dominus

Neijus Masevicius, bass
Noam Schus, violin
Orit Messer Yaakobi, cello
Aviad Shtier, harpsichord

Nisi Dominus by Biber, Tabacks Pfeife by  J.S. Bach, Cantata by Telemann, Instrumentel works by Bach and William Byrd
July 25 at 18:00 YMCA Conference Hall Jerusalem | For Tickets

Ido and Einam

A musical performance throughout the rooms of the Agnon House
Arrangement and direction: Asaf Ofek

Music director: Or Sinai

Participants: Amit Fishbein, Gideon Levy, Or Sinai and Asaf Ofek

Throughout the spaces of the Agnon House in Jerusalem, a group of musicians conjures up the wonderful story of “Ido and Einam”. A love story between a girl with supernatural powers, who holds an ancient treasure of poetry and songs, and Dr. Ginat, a renowned Jerusalem scholar. The story takes place in the Greifenbachs’ home (Gershom Scholem and his wife). The audience wanders along with the musicians between the Agnon family’s rooms, while in each room, the cast stages a vivid picture from within the plot. The musicians play various instruments and integrate into the show numerous recitations, poetry, contemporary electronic music and ancient tribal music.
July 25 at 20:00 Agnon House | For Tickets

Voice and instrument

Singers – Noa Shemer, Shira Kerner, Avigail Ifergan
Oud- Yarden Erez
Dolev Solomon – double bass and electric bass

Songs by poets and original texts set to original music for voice and instrument. A duet between voice and instrument, where each play an equal role.
July 25 at 21:30 International YMCA Restaurant, Jerusalem | For Tickets

The Kings’ Songs

Doron Schleifer, Hadar Beiser, voice
Corina Marti, recorders and organetto
Music written in the 12th and 13th centuries for celebrations of victory and royal events in between wars. Victory songs, love songs and more.
July 26 at 12:00 – YMCA Conference Hall, Jerusalem | For Tickets

Master Class

Corina Marti, who teaches at the Scuola Cantorum Basiliensis. specialising in performing music from the Middle Ages and until the Baroque era, will teach in master-classes for players of recorders, harpsichord and for singers.

July 27 at 13:00 – YMCA Conference Hall, Jerusalem | Free entrance

Bell and Voices

Songs performed by the Jerusalem Soloists Choir led by
Tom Karni, accompanied by bells played in the YMCA bell
tower by Gaby Sheffler.
July 27 at 20:20 – YMCA Square, Jerusalem | Free entrance