Stabat Mater  -  October
Philharmonia Singers Rossini - Stabat Mater
J.G. Rheinberger - Stabat Mater
Hummel - adagio and theme with variations, for oboe and orchestra op. 102

Conductor - Yaron Gottfried
Oboe - Hila Peleg-Tzabari
Soprano - Gal James
Mezzo-soprano - Edna Prochnik
Tenor - T.B.A
Bass - Noah Brigger
Philharmonia Singers, directed by Ronen Borshevsky
Gal James - Sopran

At the heart of this festive concert opening the 36th season is Rossini's great liturgical work, "Stabat Mater", characterized by expressive arias in operatic style, lyricism and impressive polyphonic choral movements.

The work by Rheinberger (1839-1901),aslo based on the text of "Stabat Mater", presents a different personal interpretation. This is a beautiful work for choir and string orchestra without soloists, with an emphasis on clean and Romantic vocal harmonies.
We will also hear Hummel's virtuoso Oboe Concerto, performed by the orchestra's Principal Oboist, Hila Peleg-Tzabari.

     
Chopin and the Israeli Dream  -  November
Astrith Balzan Chopin - Piano Concerto no. 1 in E minor, op. 11
Chopin - Les Sylphides (arr. Glazunov)
Lutoslawski - Dance Preludes

Conductor - Yaron Gottfried
Pianist and Narrator - Astrith Balzan

What is the secret of Chopin's magic, and why do popular Israeli songs from Israel's formative years always "sound Polish?" Why did Chopin, the composer who loved Polish music, prefer, above all else, to spend his years in the salons of Paris? And how did one of the greatest composers for the piano become a composer of ballet music?

Dr. Astrit Balzan will answer these questions and give a piano recital during a fascinating program that she will present devoted to Polish music in general and its influence on Israeli music. Among the works to be performed will be Chopin's well-known Piano Concerto No. 1, music from the ballet 'Les Sylphides', nocturnes and waltzes for piano in an orchestral version - as well as a work by Witold Lotoslawski in a popular Polish spirit, the "Preludes Dances".
     
Homage to Schumann  -  December
Brahms - Andante for Strings in D minor (from Sextet no.1) -arranged by Yoav Talmi
Clara Schumann - Piano Concerto
Robert Schumann - Symphony no. 2 in D major, op. 61

Conductor - Yoav Talmi Pianist - Dorel Golan Narrator - Michael Wolpe
Dorel GolanYoav Talmi
We will commemorate 150 years since the death of Robert Schumann in a Romantic and intriguing musical journey, narrated by the composer Michael Wolpe. We will learn about Schumann's complex personality and meet some of the people who were the main influences on his life and oeuvre.

Dorel Golan, a successful Israeli pianist, will perform the piano concerto of Schumann's wife, Clara Wieck, who was a gifted pianist and composer.
Schumann wrote his Second Symphony during a difficult period in his life, and even he was surprised by its brilliant nature: "I might say that it was the resilience of my spirit that was at work here", he wrote.

Brahms' Sextet no. 1 in B-flat major, op. 18 was dedicated to Clara Schumann, and it resembles in character and style the work of Robert Schumann. The second movement, Andante ma moderato, is written as a theme and variations with a simple, folk-like melody.
     
Porgy and Bess  -  January
Gershwin - Porgy and Bess (concert version 45 minute)
MacDowell - Suite no. 2, op. 48 ("Indian")
Two Gospel Songs

Conductor - Yaron Gottfried
Sopran - Alison Buchanan (USA)
Bariton - Leonard Rowe, (USA)
The Vocal Jazz Ensemble of the "Rimon Music School"

Alison BuchananLeonard Rowe A sweeping concert dedicated to American music, with the concert version of Gershwin's opus magnum, Porgy and Bess (which Gershwin himself called an "American Folk Opera". The arias from this opera, such as "It Ain't Necessarily So", "Summertime" and "Oh, I Got Plenty of Nuthin" and many others, have become staples of the repertoire sung throughout the world and have served for many years as the basis of jazz. For the performance of these hits we will host two of the foremost Afro-American singers in this field, who have recorded and performed this opera in the leading opera houses throughout the USA.
We will also hear the "Indian Suite" by Edward MacDowell, one of the first American symphonic writers, was inspired by American-Indian folk melodies, and
two Gospel songs, arranged for orchestra and vocal ensemble.

     
Classics  -   February

Hagai Shaham Mendelssohn - Violin Concerto in E minor, op. 64
Boaz Ben-Moshe- Canaanite Symphony (World Premiere)
Mendelssohn - Symphony no. 4 in A major, op. 90 ("Italian")

Conductor - Luis Gorelik
Violin - Hagai Shaham

The "Italian" Symphony, written after Mendelssohn's visit to the vivacious and colorful south of Italy, has a fresh and vibrant spirit with a folkloristic dance.
Boaz Ben-Moshe's "Canaanite Symphony" is a sensuous and sweeping work with an emphasis on tribal and pagan rhythms, befitting of its highly earthly-ritualistic theme. The work was commissioned by the orchestra and will be performed in a world premiere.

     
Live-Broadcast Orchestra   -   March

Mozart - Symphony no. 36 ("Linz")
Yaron Gottfried - "Swinging Mozart" for Jazz Trio and Orchestra
Beethoven - Symphony no. 8 (Accompanied by a live-screen projection)

Video-Art - Yael Toren and Yair Reshef Conductor and Pianist - Yaron Gottfried
Double-Bass - Yurai Oron
Drums - Eitan Itzkovich
Video-Art - Yael Toren and Yair Reshef

In this unique multimedia symphonic concert, you can experience the dynamics between the orchestra and the conductor in real-time, as it is happening on stage. To the sounds of Beethoven's Symphony no. 8 the concert will be projected onto a large screen, with innovative video-art techniques, which translate the conductor's gestures into a visual experience.
The first part of the concert will be dedicated to an intriguing connection between classical and jazz music.
Gottfried's work, "Swinging Mozart" for Jazz Trio and Orchestra, was inspired by two great symphonies by Mozart - the 40th and no. 36 ("Linz") - and gained immense success in Germany.
This concert will feature Symphony no. 36, followed by Gottfried's work, conducted and performed by him.
     
Brandenburg Marathon   -   April
J.S. Bach -
Brandenburg Concerto no. 1 in F major for 3 oboes, 2 horns and violin
Brandenburg Concerto no. 3 in G major for 3 violins, 3 violas, 3 cellos and double-bass
Brandenburg Concerto no. 5 in D major for harpsichord, flute and violin
Cantata 202 ("Wedding Cantata")
Aria from Cantata 32

Shalev Ad-El Conductor and Soloist - Shalev Ad-El
Soprano - Cornelia Samuelis (Germany)
Soloists - Principal players of the orchestra

A rich musical marathon, in which the orchestra will perform three of Bach's six Brandenburg Concertos, considered the culmination of Baroque art and a supreme example of colorful solo-orchestral writing. This soloist challenge will be performed by the orchestra's principal players, under the direction of the harpsichordist Shalev Ad-El, Music Director of the "Oslo Baroque Soloists Ensemble", who appears throughout the world.
We will also hear Bach's "Wedding Cantata", which draws an analogy between the springtime awakening of nature and the awakening and flowering of human hearts that leads into the bond of marriage. In each of the Cantata's five arias, we taste a distinct aspect of an entirely worldly but nonetheless elevated emotion: happiness.
     
Kurt Weill - "The Seven Deadly Sins"  - May
Michal Shamir Kurt Weill - "The Seven Deadly Sins" and Famous songs

Conductor - Yaron Gottfried
Soprano - Michal Shamir
Actress - Rama Mesenger

The Seven Deadly Sins tells the story of two sisters, Anna I and Anna II. Anna I, the singer, is the main singing voice. Her sister Anna II, the dancer, is heard only infrequently and the lyrics hint at the possibility that they are the same person: "To convey the ambivalence inherent in the 'sinner', Brecht splits the personality of Anna into Anna I, the cynical impresario with a practical sense and conscience, and Anna II, the emotional, impulsive, artistic beauty, the salable product with an all too human heart."[6] "The Family", a male quartet, acts as the Greek chorus. Both sisters set out from the banks of the Mississippi in Louisiana to find their fortune in the big cities, and to send enough money back to their family to build a little house on the river. After the prologue, in which Anna I introduces the sisters and their plans, seven scenes are devoted to the seven deadly sins, each encountered in a different American city.
     
Music from the World of Legends  -   June
Dukas - The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Debussy - Nocturnes
Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade

Conductors - Yaron Gottfried and Doron Salomon

Sinfonietta Beer Sheva A unique collaboration between two orchestras, the Israel Kibbutz Orchestra and the Sinfonietta Beer Sheva, who join forces in a series of symphonic music inspired by enchanting fairy-tales and legends. This is a rare opportunity for our subscribers to hear symphonic masterpieces. At the center of the program is Rimsky-Korsakov's work, "Scheherazade", based on the Arabian tales of "A Thousand and One Nights", as well as the famous legends of "Sinbad the Sailor", "Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves" and "Aladdin and the Magic Lamp".
Paul Dukas' Scherzo, "The Sorcerer's Apprentice", which depicts a magician's young apprentice who brings a broom to life, is one of the most popular works in the entire musical repertoire, and presents vague, magical and mysterious music.
We will also hear Debussy's Nocturnes, which include the three movements, Nuages ("Clouds"), Fétes ("Festivals") and Sirènes ("Sirens"), marvelously showcasing Debussy's Impressionistic style.