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22 January 2020 - 25 Tevet 5780 - כ"ה טבת ה' אלפים תש"פ
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Abu Gosh Music Festival to take place during Sukkot E-mail

The festival, held in the town of Abu Gosh just outside Jerusalem in the Judean hills, has existed in its present format since 1992, and takes place twice a year, on the Jewish festivals of Sukkot (October) and Shavuot (June).

The October Festival will run from 18-21 October. The Festival’s concerts are performed in two churches: the Crusader-Benedictine Church, built in the 12th century and situated in the heart of the village; and the Kiryat Ye’arim Church, situated at the top of the hill, overlooking Abu-Gosh.

Hanna Tzur is the Music Director of the Abu Gosh Festival since 1995, and has served as conductor and musical director of the Ramat-Gan Chamber Choir for 27 years. During Sukkot, the festival will host a cast of international choirs and vocal ensembles that will be performing classic, timeless works from all around the world. Amongst them is a renowned choir from Stuttgart, Germany, a fan-favourite which performs pieces composed by Bruckner, Verdi, Mendelssohn, and Mahler. The soloists of the choir are well-accomplished and known, having performed all around the world.

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Joy of Music Festival 2019 to accompany the Hong Kong International Piano Competition E-mail

Sharing the spotlight at this year’s Joy of Music Festival will be the 5th Hong Kong International Piano Competition (HKIPC) organised by the Chopin Society of Hong Kong, which will run from 7-24 October at the City Hall Concert Hall.

The triennial piano competitions have previously taken place in 2005, 2008, and 2011. The event has now become one of the most demanding and prestigious competitions in the world. The judging panel includes conductors and other well-known musical artists.

Around 44 candidates will perform, which will be whittled down to 15 quarter finalists. Contestants this year include participants from Russia, South Korea, Ukraine, Poland, Australia, South Africa, Austria, and China. There will be two broad categories for the musicians to participate: chamber music or commissioned solo piano piece and concertos.

There will be two groups of six finalists competing in a final concert show between 16-20 October. The first prize winner will receive a 18K gold medal and US$25,000, an album recording contract and a number of performance engagements, including membership of the Club of the First Prize Winners of HKIPC (with one of the benefits, being an invitation to participate every following year in the annual Joy of Music Festival). Second prize is US$15,000 and a silver medal, and third prize US$10,000 and a bronze medal.

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Israeli contemporary dance groups to showcase in Hong Kong E-mail

To kick-start a three month promotion of Israeli contemporary dance performers, renowned Israeli actress-choreographer-dancer Renana Raz opened the second Tai Kwun Dance Season, staging the 16 Strings and One Body at JC Cube on 27-29 September.

Ranana skilfully transplants the heart of chamber music into her choreography, an inspiring juxtaposition of dance and music which elevates the performing art experience. The stirring chamber music was performed by the Toscanini String Quartet, formed by four members of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Tai Kwun festival features a series of programmes by overseas and local artists and groups, generating dialogue about the feminine identity while disrupting external perceptions of dance by testing boundaries and conventions.

A total of seven programmes are to be held from September to October to explore two key themes: identifying and breaking the boundaries of dance.

Later this month, choreographer and performer Dana Ruttenberg will present Dream Team on 24-27 October – a dance revolution waiting to be sparked from an ordinary “underground” ballroom! Dana is a 60 year-old performer, a “hasbeen” dancer, physiotherapist, and a single mother who seeks to return to the stage and a choreographer. In the ballroom, you are up close with the performers as they reveal their dreams, fantasies, and nightmares.

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