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Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra (JBO), which has been described as "mother of all baroque ensembles in Israel," is the first one in this country that performed baroque music with period instruments while using playing techniques that were current during that era.

JBO was established in 1989 by the harpsichord player and conductor David Shemer, who has served as its musical director to this day. Since 2006, the world-renowned artist Maestro Andrew Parrott of England has been JBO's honorary conductor.

JBO runs a series of subscription concerts in Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv with six different programs that include the best baroque and early classical compositions; from Monteverdi to Bach, from Schütz to Handel and from Purcell to Mozart. JBO appears in concerts throughout Israel and participates in all the important music festivals, such as the Israel Festival, "Musica Sacra" in Nazareth, "Liturgica" in Jerusalem and the Abu-Ghosh Festival of Vocal Music. The Orchestra records baroque music for the Israeli national radio station "Kol Hamusika".

Prominent artists from Europe and the USA appear as JBO's guest soloists and conductors, among them are: Andrew Parrott, Roberto Gini, Michael Schneider, James Bowman, Kati Debretzeni, Peter Harvey, Walter Reiter, Alfredo Bernardini, John Holloway, and others. Likewise, a number of leading Israeli soloists of baroque music have appeared with the Orchestra.

JBO was the first to bring to the Israeli audience historically informed performances by local artists of the iconic works of the Baroque repertoire, such as Bach B minor Mass, St. Matthew's and St. John's Passion, or Handel "Messiah". No less notable is its pioneering work in performance of little known Baroque masterpieces: the ballet "Anacreon" by Rameau, Handel's oratorio "Alexander's Feast", Odes by  Telemann, or Alessandro Scarlatti's oratorio "Hagar and Ishmael". This latter work was recently recorded by JBO, and a CD is about to be released. The Orchestra regards the performance of these all-but-forgotten treasures as one of its most important goals; its audience may certainly look forward to numerous such wonderful surprises in the future.

The performance of Purcell semi-opera "King Arthur" in the framework of 2010 Israel Festival will hopefully become the beginning of a tradition of performance of many more Baroque operas, both in a concert version, and staged. Part of this tradition will be the performance at the end of 2011-12 season of the comedie-ballet by M.-A. Charpentier "Le Malade Imaginaire" (after Moliere), conducted by Andrew Parrott and with the participation of the renowned actor Sasson Gabai.

JBO puts special emphasis on the performance of music by Jewish composers of the baroque era. The orchestra has played a number of modern premiers of compositions that were written for the Jewish communities of the time. In the year 2000 JBO participated in the modern premiere of the greatest 18th-century composition of this kind - the oratorio "Esther" by Ch. G.  Lidarti, which was performed at the Israel Festival under the baton of Avner Itai.

JBO has successfully toured Europe a number of times. Recently, it appeared together with the famous German boys choir "Windsbacher Knabenchor" in a concert tour to Germany and Poland that received enthusiastic critiques in the press of both countries.

Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra is proud to continue being the leading force on the flourishing Israeli early music scene.

JBO is supported by the Ministry of Culture and the Culture Department of Jeusalem Municipality.


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2016-2017 CONCERTS

פסטיבל באך טיזר

 

Bach in Jerusalem Festival, 2017

March 20-25, 2017

 

Bach's Great Mass

Tuesday 21.3.2017 at 20:00 – Israeli Conservatory Tel Aviv

Wednesday 22.3.2017 at 20:30 – Kriger Hall, Haifa

Friday, 24.3.2017 at 13:00 – Beer Sheva Conservatory

Saturday, 25.3.2017 at 20:00 – Jerusalem YMCA

 

Andrew Parrott, conductor

Keren Motseri, Hana Malkin, soprano . Avital Deri, alto . Richard Resch, tenor . Guy Pelc, baritone .

A vocal ensemble

Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra

 

J. S. Bach – Mass in B Minor, BWV 232

 

Monday, 20/3/2017

A Bach Celebration - Opening festival concert

17:00 – Henry Crown Hall, Jerusalem Theatre (part of Atnachta)

Live broadcast in Kol Hamusica

 

Einat Aronstein, soprano . David Shemer, conductor and solo harpsichordist

Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra

 

Cantatas and harpsichord concerto by J. S. Bach

Free of charge

 

Bach's Journey

20:30 – International YMCA Jerusalem

 

Ricercar Consort. Philippe Pierlot

Works by D. Buxtehude, J. S Bach and J. P. Rameau

 

Tuesday, 21.3.2017

A family Bach Concert-Circus

17:00 – International YMCA, Jerusalem

 

Fyodor Makarov, clown .

Yizhar Karshon, conductor and harpsichord soloist . Adaya Peled, soprano

Players of the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra

 

 

Wednesday, 22.3.2017

Bach and Telemann

 

20:30 – International YMCA,  Jerusalem

Barrocade Ensemble

Yeela Avital, soprano

Alon Harari, countertenor

 

Arias and concertos by Bach and Telemann

 

Thursday, 23.3.2017

An international symposium – Bach's Great Mass

MC – Uri Golomb

Participants: Andrew Parrott (UK), Joerg Hanson (Germany)

10:00-12:30 – The Music Center, Mishkenot Shaananim, Jerusalem

 

Conversations

Launching a new album of contemporary music two harpsichords

13:30 – The Music Center, Mishkenot Shaananim, Jerusalem

 

Marina Minkin, David Shemer, harpsichord

 

16:00 – Academy of Music and Dance

A masterclass for chorus masters with Maestro Andrew Parrott

 

Musical Offering and the secrets of the majestic theme

20:30 – International YMCA Jerusalem

 

J. S. Bach – A Musical offering performed by players of the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra

 

Friday, 24.3.2017

 

The next generation – Jerusalem Conservatory Students play Bach

16:00 – International YMCA Jerusalem

 

A different Bach – Shem-Tov Levi and Claire Meghnagi

21:00 – International YMCA Jerusalem

Shem-Tov Levi, voice, piano and flute. Claire Meghnagi, soprano

Accompanied by a string trio and harpsichord

 

Saturday, 25.3.2017

An Organ Recital

13:00 – Redeemer Church, Jerusalem

Peter van Dijk, Organ

 

 

Viola da Gamba and harpsichord sonatas

16:00 – International YMCA Jerusalem

 

Myrna Herzog, viola da gamba . David Shemer, harpsichord

 

Bells at the YMCA – a concert from the YMCA tower bell, open to the public

Monday, 20.3, Thursday, 23.3, Saturday, 25.3 – at 19:45

 

Exhibition – MASS IN B MINOR

An exhibition from Bach House in Leipzig that will be presented at the YMCA foyer and will include meetings with the exhibition curator.

 

 

 


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2016-2017 CONCERTS

פסטיבל באך טיזר

 

Bach in Jerusalem Festival, 2017

March 20-25, 2017

 

Bach's Great Mass

Tuesday 21.3.2017 at 20:00 – Israeli Conservatory Tel Aviv

Wednesday 22.3.2017 at 20:30 – Kriger Hall, Haifa

Friday, 24.3.2017 at 13:00 – Beer Sheva Conservatory

Saturday, 25.3.2017 at 20:00 – Jerusalem YMCA

 

Andrew Parrott, conductor

Keren Motseri, Hana Malkin, soprano . Avital Deri, alto . Richard Resch, tenor . Guy Pelc, baritone .

A vocal ensemble

Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra

 

J. S. Bach – Mass in B Minor, BWV 232

 

Monday, 20/3/2017

A Bach Celebration - Opening festival concert

17:00 – Henry Crown Hall, Jerusalem Theatre (part of Atnachta)

Live broadcast in Kol Hamusica

 

Einat Aronstein, soprano . David Shemer, conductor and solo harpsichordist

Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra

 

Cantatas and harpsichord concerto by J. S. Bach

Free of charge

 

Bach's Journey

20:30 – International YMCA Jerusalem

 

Ricercar Consort. Philippe Pierlot

Works by D. Buxtehude, J. S Bach and J. P. Rameau

 

Tuesday, 21.3.2017

A family Bach Concert-Circus

17:00 – International YMCA, Jerusalem

 

Fyodor Makarov, clown .

Yizhar Karshon, conductor and harpsichord soloist . Adaya Peled, soprano

Players of the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra

 

 

Wednesday, 22.3.2017

Bach and Telemann

 

20:30 – International YMCA,  Jerusalem

Barrocade Ensemble

Yeela Avital, soprano

Alon Harari, countertenor

 

Arias and concertos by Bach and Telemann

 

Thursday, 23.3.2017

An international symposium – Bach's Great Mass

MC – Uri Golomb

Participants: Andrew Parrott (UK), Joerg Hanson (Germany)

10:00-12:30 – The Music Center, Mishkenot Shaananim, Jerusalem

 

Conversations

Launching a new album of contemporary music two harpsichords

13:30 – The Music Center, Mishkenot Shaananim, Jerusalem

 

Marina Minkin, David Shemer, harpsichord

 

16:00 – Academy of Music and Dance

A masterclass for chorus masters with Maestro Andrew Parrott

 

Musical Offering and the secrets of the majestic theme

20:30 – International YMCA Jerusalem

 

J. S. Bach – A Musical offering performed by players of the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra

 

Friday, 24.3.2017

 

The next generation – Jerusalem Conservatory Students play Bach

16:00 – International YMCA Jerusalem

 

A different Bach – Shem-Tov Levi and Claire Meghnagi

21:00 – International YMCA Jerusalem

Shem-Tov Levi, voice, piano and flute. Claire Meghnagi, soprano

Accompanied by a string trio and harpsichord

 

Saturday, 25.3.2017

An Organ Recital

13:00 – Redeemer Church, Jerusalem

Peter van Dijk, Organ

 

 

Viola da Gamba and harpsichord sonatas

16:00 – International YMCA Jerusalem

 

Myrna Herzog, viola da gamba . David Shemer, harpsichord

 

Bells at the YMCA – a concert from the YMCA tower bell, open to the public

Monday, 20.3, Thursday, 23.3, Saturday, 25.3 – at 19:45

 

Exhibition – MASS IN B MINOR

An exhibition from Bach House in Leipzig that will be presented at the YMCA foyer and will include meetings with the exhibition curator.

 

 

 

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