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Bach in Jerusalem Festival 2017 E-mail

The Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra presented the 2nd Bach in Jerusalem Festival from 20 to 25 March.

A highlight of the programme was a performance of Bach’s Mass in B minor, with leading soloists from Israel and Germany, conducted by Andrew Parrott. The programme also included orchestral and chamber concerts, free outdoor concerts, family concerts, masterclasses, an international symposium, and an exhibition featuring the treasures of Bach House in Eisenach, Germany. There was also a bell concert from the YMCA Tower Bell, which the public enjoyed during the evenings.

Other notable events in the festival included cantatas by Bach, performed by soprano Einat Aronstein; the Ricercar Ensemble from Belgium; a family concert, Boom, Crash, Bach with clown Fyodor Makarov, and an international symposium about Bach.

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Israeli culture comes to India E-mail

As part of the celebrations to mark 25 years of the growing partnership between India and Israel, several cultural events took place around India recently.

The Dafi Dance Group of Israel performed in Calcutta on 27 March, in Delhi on 29 March and in Chandigarh on 31 March. The group currently comprises 14 freelance dancers, each performing in one or more of the five pieces in the group’s repertoire.

Alongside the performances, the group held workshops, master classes and repertoire classes for professional dancers, beginners and high-school students.

The group was founded by choreographer Dafi Altabeb, who is also an accomplished musician and dancer. Her pieces are performed in all major venues in Israel and are premièred in major festivals around the world. On 25 March, in collaboration with the first Habitat International Film Festival, the Embassy of Israel in India showcased the Israeli film An Israeli Love Story, by the celebrated director Dan Wolman, who was in attendance for the screening. The film was shown at the India Habitat Centre in Delhi. Following the screening, Wolman participated in a discussion with the audience.

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15th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition E-mail

The 15th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition will take place between 25 April and 11 May, with the opening concert due to be held for the first time at the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center.

The competition was founded in 1974 on the initiative of Yaakov Bistritzky, after Rubinstein agreed to lend his name to the event. The idea was to unite the artistic legacy of Arthur Rubinstein with the cultural life of Israel.

The Arthur Rubinstein Competition sets high standards and provides an international stage to promote the careers of talented young pianists. The jury’s task is to choose pianists of the highest order, with intellectual maturity and emotional expression, who can handle diverse styles and whose unique musical personality raises them above their peers.

This year’s competition will host 32 competitors (eight female and 24 male), from 16 countries, with seven coming from China. There are three Israeli competitors: Tomer Gewirtzman (27), Yevgeny Yontov (28) and Rafael Skorka (28) and the youngest competitor is nearly 18 (South Korea). The first two stages consist of solo piano recitals; in the finals, competitors will play chamber music, classical concertos and “grand” concertos.

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