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:

  1. "Voices, Instruments and Dance" - Five Concerts. We will open the season with Bach's Great Mass performed by the Neuer Kammerchor Potsdam, directed by Ud Joffe. We will meet folklore ensembles from various regions of the world, such as the Majorsteun String Ensemble from Norway, winner of the Norwegian Grammy; and the Quynade Ensemble, which specializes in Spanish music from the middle ages. We will also host the world's greatest accordionist, Richard Galliano, who worked closely with Astor Piazzolla and is considered his successor. In an additional multimedia concert the orchestra will cooperate with Noa Dar's Dance Company in an original choreography to Handel's "Water Music", and we will also hear the World Premiere of a work by Haim Permont.

  2. "Classics" - Four Concerts presenting the masterpieces of the classical repertoire, with leading soloists and conductors from Israel and around the world. We will hear works by Schubert, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and others. We will also celebrate 250 years to Mozart's birth with his "Great" Mass, conducted by Mendi Rodan; a new work by myself for choir and orchestra; we will host Karl-Heinz Steffens, Principal Clarinet of the Berlin Philharmonic, in Mozart's Concerto; and Chopin's Piano Concerto with the pianist Gabor Farkas from Hungary. We will conclude the season with an exciting symphonic series - two chamber orchestras joining forces for the performance of Dvorak's Symphony no. 9 ("From the New World").

I hope you enjoy this wonderful season.
See you in the concert halls,

Yaron Gottfried
Music Director
Entirely Bach   -  October
Neuer Kammerchor Potsdam J.S. Bach: Mass in b minor, BWV 232

Conductor - Yaron Gottfried
Neuer Kammerchor Potsdam & Soloists
directed by Ud Joffe

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 Mass's 24 movements include sublime choral passages and solo parts. To perform this work we will host, in their Israeli debut, the Neuer Kammerchor Potsdam, which has gained critical acclaim in Germany.

The Northern Glimmer   -  November
Ensemble Majorstuen Mirav Brnea 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
Salvador Brotons Quynade EnsembleDe 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
Karl-Heinz SteffensMozart: Clarinet Concerto
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

Richard Galliano The IKO hosts the world's greatest accordionist, Richard Galliano

Ginastera: Variaciones Concertantes, op. 23
Galliano: Opale Concerto
Ravel: "Ma Mère L'Oye" ("Mother Goose")
Galliano: La Valse E Margo
Piazzolla: Oblivion

Conductor - Yaron Gottfried
Accordion - Richard Galliano (France)

This is a rare opportunity to hear and see the world's greatest accordionist, Richard Galliano, in a special concert of his own works and works by Piazzolla for accordion and orchestra. Galliano appears in the most prestigious concert halls in the world, and has become the most influential composer of modern works for the accordion. Galliano is also a major figure in the movement that modernized the musette, the turn-of-the century Parisian dance hall music that was France's answer to the tango.
The program will also include works by Ravel and Ginastera, which present the orchestra and its players in all their magnificiant colors and express the unique Argentinean and French character.

Water Music   -   March
The IKO hosts the Noa Dar Dance Company
Rinat Avisar 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
Imre KohlerGabor FarkasR. 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
Mendi Rodan The Moran Singers Ensemble

Mendelssohn: Intermezzo, Nocturne and Scherzo from "Midsummer Night's Dream"
Gottfried: Work for choir and orchestra (World Premiere)
Mozart: Mass in c minor, K. 427 ("The Great")

Conductor - Mendi Rodan
Soprano - Margarita Elia
Mezzo-soprano - Karin Shifrin
Tenor and Bass - To be announced

With The "Moran Singers Ensemble", directed by Naomi Faran
And the Philharmonic Choir, directed by Leonti Wolf

At the center of the festive concert series celebrating 250 years to Mozart's birth stands his "Great" Mass in c minor. Some say that Mozart wrote this sublime and celestial work to reaffirm his faith, to reach out to his father Leopold and his sister Maria Anna, to affirm his love for his wife Constanze and to thank God for his marriage and his child.
The concert will open with orchestral excerpts from Mendelssohn's "Midsummer Night's Dream": the Intermezzo, which depicts two pairs of lovers lost in the Athenian woods at night; the pastoral and dreamy Nocturne, with its famous horn solo; and the Scherzo, depicting a dialogue between the mischievous Puck and a fairy. In addition we will hear the world premiere of a work by Yaron Gottfried.

Crossing Instruments   -   June
The Israel Kibbutz OrchestraThe Ra'anana SymphonetteThe Israel Kibbutz Orchestra and Ra'anana Symphonette

: "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.