Dear Subscribers and Music Lovers,
I am pleased to invite you to join us in a festive and special season of voices, instruments and dance.
As in previous seasons, the 35th season of The Israel Kibbutz Orchestra brings a new and fresh message to the concert halls.
In light of the orchestra's success in past seasons, I am proud to continue to lead the unique trend of combining styles and arts and an encounter with first rate international and Israeli ensembles, soloists and conductors.
The journey of intriguing musical events will lead us in two central paths:
I hope you enjoy this wonderful season.
See you in the concert halls,
|Entirely Bach - October|
J.S. Bach: Mass in b minor, BWV 232
Conductor - Yaron Gottfried
For the festive opening of the orchestra's 35th season we have chosen
to perform one of the great masterpieces of all times - Johann Sebastian
Bach's Mass in b minor, in which the composer magnificently expresses
the universal element of faith. This work was never performed in its entirety
during Bach's lifetime.
|The Northern Glimmer - November|
Sibelius: "Pelleas and Melisande", op. 46
Grieg: Excerpts from Suites 1 & 2 of "Peer Gynt"
Jansen: "Japanese Spring"
Norwegian folk music for orchestra and the Norwegian string ensemble "Majorstuen"
Conductor - Yaron Gottfried
Soprano - Merav Barnea
Majorstuen Ensemble, winner of the Norwegian Grammy
In this unique journey to the north we will encounter Nordic music, inspired by enchanting fairy-tales, a culture of singing and playing on early instruments and folk tunes. We will hear music written by Grieg, Norway's greatest composer, after the play "Peer Gynt" by Ibsen. The music evokes rhythms of northern folk dances and songs and the deep yearning that touches the depths of our heart. In addition we will hear the Suite "Pelleas and Melisande" by Sibelius, the Finnish national composer, in which the composer depicts the various moods and atmospheres of the play so sensitively and masterfully. We will also hear the colorful and Mahlerian song cycle, "Japanese Spring", by Sigurd Jansen, based on songs of nature and life. The highlight of this program is the encounter with the youngest and "hottest" string ensemble in Norway today: Majorstuen, winner of the Norwegian Grammy, which will perform Norwegian folk music arranged specially for this concert.
|Spanish Nights - December|
Falla: "The Three Cornered Hat", Suite no. 1
Montsalvatge: "Cinqo Cancionas Negras" ("Five Black Songs") for soprano
Lior Navok: Spanish Songs for soprano, bassoon and chamber orchestra (Israeli Premiere)
Salvador Brotons: Fusion
Spanish and Hebrew music from the middle ages performed on early instruments, for orchestra and the Quynade Ensemble
Conductor - Salvador Brotons (Spain)
Soprano - To be announced
Bassoon - Elinoy Yogev
Spanish music is characterized by passion, dramatic flair, folk rhythms and sweeping melodies. All these elements are impressively expressed in De Falla's electrifying music for the ballet "The Three Cornered Hat", which depicts an old Spanish tale about a miller and his beautiful wife. The work "Five Black Songs" by Catalan composer Montsalvatge gives a vivid and colorful description of the life and the lost culture of the enslaved Cuban natives.
Lior Navok's work, in its Israeli Premiere, is based on two poems by Antonio Machado, and presents the lyrical and reflective aspect of Spanish music.
The climax of the concert is a rare encounter with the Quynade Ensemble, which specializes in Spanish and Jewish music from the Middle Ages performed on early instruments. Together with the orchestra, the Ensemble will perform unique arrangements of works, as well as pieces from its own repertoire. The program will be conducted by Spanish Salvador Brotons, winner of the Queen Sophia Prize, the Spanish National Orchestras Prize and others.
|The Art of the Clarinet - January|
Schubert: Symphony no. 4 ("Tragic")
Benny Goodman and others…: Standards for clarinet and orchestra
Conductor and Clarinet - Karl-Heinz Steffens
In this concert we will host the conductor and one of the greatest clarinetists today, Karl-Heinz Steffens, who is currently Principal Clarinet of the Berlin Philharmonic. Together with him we will embark on a musical journey that begins with the Clarinet Concerto by Mozart, which he composed for his friend, the clarinetist Anton Stadler, and in which he reveals the full potential of this instrument that was very new at the time.
We will continue to the realm of classical Jazz inspired by Benny Goodman and the Big Band, which was very popular in dance halls. The concert will conclude with Schubert's Fourth Symphony in c minor, set for the traditional Viennese classic orchestra, which masterfully demonstrates Schubert's tremendous talent in writing beautiful and flowing melodies.
|The Art of the Accordion - February|
The IKO hosts the world's greatest accordionist, Richard Galliano
|Water Music - March|
The IKO hosts the Noa Dar Dance Company
Haim Permont: Concerto for double-bass and orchestra (World Premiere)
Fauré: "Pelleas and Melisande"
Handel: "Water Music"
Conductor - Yaron Gottfried
Double-bass - Rinat Avisar
With the Noa Dar Dance Company
A unique multimedia concert, in cooperation with the Noa Dar Dance Company. The central work of this concert is Handel's Water Music, with original choreography by Noa Dar. Handel wrote this work as background music to accompany a party King George I was having on a barge as he floated down the London Thames. The dance reflects a person's point of view while standing on a barge floating down a river: his experience of observing the scenery changes and passes before his eyes, in motion, space and time.
Faurés musical setting of "Pelleas and Melisande" illustrates the programmatic elements of the play; the beautiful melodies and the rich orchestral colors reflect the drama's atmosphere and present Fauré at his best. The concert will also feature Haim Permont's Concerto for Double-bass, commissioned by the orchestra, performed by its Principle Bassist, Rinat Avisar.
|European Romantics - April|
Strauss: Serenade for Thirteen Winds, op. 7
Chopin: Piano Concerto no. 2 in f minor
Brahms: Serenade no. 1, op. 11
Conductor - Imre Kollar (Hungary)
Piano - Gabor Farkas (Hungary)
A concert comprised in its entirety of Romantic works and two masterpieces.
The first - Chopin's Piano Concerto in f minor, one of the great works for piano, which brims with sentimental melodies and lyrical passion. Chopin wrote in a letter to a friend: "The Adagio was inspired by tender feelings for one Constantia Gladkowska, a vocal student at the Warsaw Conservatory, of whom I frequently dream." The Concerto will be performed by the young Hungarian pianist Gabor Farkas, First Prize winner of the 2004 Hungarian Radio Competition and third prize at the 2002 Liszt Competition.
The second masterpiece in this concert is Brahms' Serenade no. 1, one of his early orchestral works.
The orchestra's wind players will open the concert with another youth work - Richard Strauss's Serenade for Thirteen Winds.
The concert will be conducted by Imre Kollar, who has conducted the world's leading orchestras, including the Japan Philharmonic, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Hungarian Opera House and others.
|The Wonders of the Voice - May|
Mendelssohn: Intermezzo, Nocturne and Scherzo from "Midsummer Night's
|Crossing Instruments - June|
Israel Kibbutz Orchestra and Ra'anana Symphonette
Mussorgsky: "Night on Bald Mountain"
Tchaikovsky: "Romeo and Juliet" Fantasy Overture
Dvorak: Symphony no. 9 ("From the New World")
Conductors - Yaron Gottfried, Nir Kabaretti
A unique cooperation between two chamber orchestras that will perform a joint series of symphonic music. A great opportunity for our listeners to hear the great classical masterpieces! Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain depicts St. John's Eve, the night before the Feast of St. John and combines pagan traditions and religious rituals; Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture with its famous and sweeping love theme; and the climax of this concert is the "New World" Symphony, written while Dvorak was in New York. This is one of the most popular and loved works of the entire symphonic repertoire.
Dvorak was in New York. This is one of the most popular and loved works of the entire symphonic repertoire. Dvorak campaigned for "an American music based on American roots", and indeed, this Symphony is pervaded by the rhythms of American Indian dances and the melodies of Negro Spirituals.
The concert will be conducted alternately by the Music Directors Yaron Gottfried and Nir Kabaretti.