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Arts & Culture
Vanessa-Mae and Salut Salon to take centre stage in Israel E-mail

Lovers of classical and pop music are in for a treat if they plan to visit Israel in April or May, as they can take advantage of two special concert events taking place then.

Salut Salon, an all-female chamber music quartet from Germany, will be performing in four venues around the country from 19 to 22 April, and British/ Singaporean classical violinist Vanessa-Mae will perform at the Caesarea Amphitheater on 18 May.

Salut Salon, founded in 2002, redefines the conventional chamber music concert, which traditionally features two violinists, a cellist and a pianist. They have been called “The Harlem Globetrotters of string quartets” for the twists, turns and humour that they have woven into their performances. Angelika Bachmann and Iris Siegfried (violin), Anne-Monika von Twardowski (piano) and Sonja Lena Schmid (cello) know better than any other chamber music ensemble how to seduce their audience with passionate virtuosity, instrumental acrobatics, charm and a great sense of fun. They will be performing in Israel for the first time with their show A Carnival of the Animals and Other Fantasies.

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Premiere Performances Spring Recital Series E-mail

Premiere Performances, a presenter of solo recitals and chamber music concerts, will be launching its Spring Recital Series 2017, featuring three world-class concerts, including a Hong Kong debut and two recital debuts at the Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall.

The first performance in the series, on 25 April will be by pianist Gabriela Montero making her Hong Kong debut. The Venezuelan-born Grammy Award-winner will perform piano masterpieces by Schubert and Schumann, plus her own original improvisations. Montero will bring her unique concert experience to Hong Kong, in which she will improvise in classical style based on audience suggestions. This is a rare opportunity to hear a globally admired and exhilaratingly refreshing approach to musicmaking.

On 15 May, rockstar Violinist Nemanja Radulović with Jewish pianist Laure FavreKahn will perform a programme of passion and excitement. Radulović has taken the classical music world by storm. With his extravagantly flowing locks, gothic fashion style and show-stopping virtuosity, he is shaking up the image of a classical musician.

His exceptional rendition of the Bach Chaconne will be featured in his Hong Kong recital debut. Born in Serbia in 1985, he studied at the Faculty of Arts and Music in Belgrade. He was named ‘International Revelation of the Year’ by Victoires de la Musique in 2005, “Best Artist” in the same ceremony in 2014, and gained an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Arts in Niš, Serbia.

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“3.5 Square Meters: Constructive Responses to Natural Disasters” E-mail

The Tel Aviv Museum of Art’s Design and Architecture Department has devoted the past year to researching and planning an exhibition titled: “3.5 Square Meters: Constructive Responses to Natural Disasters.”

The exhibition, which runs until 9 September this year, examines how communities and individuals worldwide prepare for natural disasters and mobilise in their immediate aftermath.

Local and international humanitarian organisations offer rapid responses to such events. Yet alongside praise for the support and immediate assistance they provide, critiques of such humanitarian operations note the problematic aspects of responses that are not always compatible with the needs of a specific population. Bottom-up approaches complement such traditional top-down responses by carefully addressing conditions in the field and the particular needs of local communities.

This exhibition centres on such bottom-up responses, which focus on the community and its strengths, by presenting a wide range of projects from diverse regions of the world. Revealing a fundamental change in approaches to coping with natural disasters, these projects are organised around four central themes: sharing knowledge, social technology, expanded DIY processes, and contemporary revivals of the archaic community practice of storytelling.

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