24 October 2017 - 4 Heshvan 5778 - ד' חשון ה' אלפים תשע"ח
Arts & Culture
The Joy of Music Festival 2017 – a celebration of making and sharing music E-mail

The 2017 Joy of Music Festival to be presented by the Chopin Society of Hong Kong from 23 October to 1 November 2017, is the 10th in an annual series that links together the triennial Hong Kong International Piano Competitions held in 2005, 2008, 2011 and 2016, with the next scheduled for October 2019.

The Festivals bring together the four first-prize winners of the previous competitions, as well as members of the jury plus specially invited world-class artists in solo, chamber and concert performances. The Festivals also present master classes as well as special presentations on all aspects of music.

This year’s Festival is rather special in that it will present, for the first time in the series, a one-act opera by Poulenc featuring the NY Met soprano Carol Farley and Pascal Roge on the piano, as well as, for the first time, the specially formed Festival Orchestra under the baton of the famous conductor Jose Serebrier in piano and guitar concerti.

Other events in the programme include solo, chamber and piano concerti by the four first-prize winners of the previous competitions; concerts featuring the Chopin Society’s Logos Quartet; concerts by invited artists such as the world-famous guitarist Alvaro Pierri, and a series of master classes in piano, voice and guitar.

Also, Greek musicians especially invited for the Festival will give presentations about the recording of music and the fascinating Greek folk music Rebetika and its instruments.

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30th International Klezmer Festival Print E-mail

The 2017 International Klezmer Festival in Tzfat, Israel, marked the 30th gathering of tens of thousands of international and local visitors for this unique, free musical event. This year the festival took place from 22 to 24 August.

Klezmer is a musical tradition of the Ashkenazi Jews of Eastern Europe, depicted in some famous movies such as Fiddler on the Roof. The most common instruments are the violin, the accordion and woodwind instruments. Israel’s best Klezmer musicians performed together with international Klezmer greats. This year five main stages were set up in the old historical alleys of Tzfat, lending a special atmosphere to the festival.

There were also many other activities around the city, including a “Klezmerim for Kids” stage, tours and workshops in the spirit of the Kabbalah and more.

(Issue Sep 2017)

Hebrew University launches largest index of Jewish art E-mail

The Center for Jewish Art at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem launched the world’s largest online database of Jewish art at the World Congress of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem on 16 August.

The Bezalel Narkiss Index of Jewish Art is a collection of digitised images and information about Jewish artifacts from all over the world.

The online collection includes more than 260,000 images of objects and artifacts from 700 museums, synagogues and private collections in 41 countries, as well as architectural drawings of 1,500 synagogues and Jewish ritual buildings from antiquity to the modern day.

The public and amateur or professional researchers can easily access more than a quarter of a million images, with accompanying details and descriptions, either by simple keyword search or according to such categories as Iconographical Subject, Origin, Artist, Object, Community, Collection or Location.

Under the direction of Dr Vladimir Levin, the Center has in recent years worked steadily toward completing the Index by photographing, measuring and painstakingly describing and categorising each piece to be made available online to the public.

“Jewish culture is largely perceived as a culture of texts and ideas, not of images. As the largest virtual Jewish museum in the world, the Index of Jewish Art is a sophisticated tool for studying visual aspects of Jewish heritage. We hope that making this Index available will lead to further in-depth study of primary sources, and serve as an enduring launching pad for the study of the historical and cultural significance of Jewish art for many years to come,” said Dr Levin.

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