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The Second Jerusalem Jazz Festival with top artists lined-up E-mail

Following a successful launch in its first edition last year, the International Jeru salem Jazz Festival will once again fill the Israel Museum art galleries with the exciting sights and sounds of top international and Israeli jazz artists from 14 to 16 December.

The Festival features five original productions, inspiring artistic collaborations, surprise pop-up performances throughout the museum, and master classes. It will be capped with jams into the wee hours of the night at the Yellow Submarine.

Among the participants areRickie Lee Jones and the Non-Standards Project, Jeff Ballard, Jason Lindner, Mark Turner, Too Many Zooz, Anat Fort, Ilan Salem and the Avishai Cohen Quartet.

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Yaron Traub to conduct HK Phil’s “New Year’s Eve Celebration” concerts E-mail

Israeli conductor Yaron Traub will be the guest conductor for the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra’s “New Year’s Eve Celebration” concerts on 30 and 31 December at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall.

The programme will highlight music by Strauss to usher in 2017. Well-known favourites include The Blue Danube Waltz, Radetzky March and an array of Viennese waltzes and polkas.

Traub lives in Spain and is one of the most highly-regarded conductors in that country. He has been Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Valencia Orchestra in Spain since 2005.

Born in Tel Aviv, Traub comes from a family with strong musical roots. His father, Chaim Taub, was concertmaster of the Israel Philharmonic for 30 years under the direction of Zubin Mehta. Traub studied with the legendary Sergiu Celibidache in Munich and with the great maestro Daniel Barenboim, working with him for several years as Associate Conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and at the Bayreuth Festival.

The winner of the 1998 Orchestral Prize at the IV Kondrashin International Conducting Competition in Amsterdam, Traub has conducted numerous prestigious symphonic orchestras worldwide. He is also a pianist and a passionate chamber musician.

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Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra on Japanese Tour Print E-mail

The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra (JSO) undertook a Japanese tour from 19 November to 4 December, performing 12 concerts under conductors Tomomi Nishimoto and Hisayoshi Inoue. Cellist Dmitry Yablosky and two local pianists joined the orchestra.

The tour repertoire included the Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, B. 191 by Antonin Dvorak and the Symphony No.1inCminor,Op.68by Johannes Brahms. The tour took the orchestra to many cities across the country.

As part of the preparation for the tour, renowned Japanese maestra Tomomi Nishimoto led the orchestra in a concert on 12 November at the Jerusalem Theater.

Born in Osaka, Nishimoto started her piano studies under her mother’s guidance at the age of three. After receiving her Bachelor of Music degree in composition from the Osaka College of Music, she continued her conducting studies the Saint Petersburg State Conservatory. She has conducted many famous orchestras in Japan and Europe, and has received several awards.

The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, IBA, was founded as the Palestine Broadcasting Service Orchestra in the late 1930s. In 1948 it became the national radio orchestra and was known as the “Kol Israel Orchestra”. In the 1970s, the orchestra was expanded into the JSO Israel Broadcasting Authority. As a radio symphony orchestra, the JSO holds most of its concerts at its resident hall, the Henry Crown Auditorium.

(Issue Dec 2016)


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