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Bach in Jerusalem Festival 2017

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.


Bach in Je
Bach in Jerusalem Festival

 

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Bach in Jerusalem Festival

March 17-21 , 2018

333 to the birth of Johann Sebastian Bach

Full programme

 

Saturday, 17.3.18

Concert 1

Pre-opening – organ recital

Tribute to Johann Sebastian Bach

 

12.00 Church of the Redeemer, Jerusalem

 

Istvan Ella (Hungary), organ

Works by J.S. Bach for solo organ

 

Concert 2

Love me or Leave me

Noam Vazana, Nina Simone and Bach

 

14:00 – Bet Hayotzer, Tel Aviv

 

Noam Vazana, Ofer Portugaly, Arieh Volinez and Eitan Itzcovich in a tribute to Nina Simone showing how her works are linked to the roots of classical music and of J.S. Bach.

 

Concert 3

The Magnificat

20.30 - International YMCA, Jerusalem

 

Philippe Pierlot, conductor (Belgium)

Cecilia Singers, choir and soloists

Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra

 

J.S. Bach - Magnificat BWV 243

C.F.E. Bach - Magnificat Wq 215/ H. 772

 

 

Sunday, 18.3.18

Concert 4

Piano recital

 

17.00  Eden-Tamir (Targ) Center, Ein Karem

 Guy Slapak, Michael Zertzekel, piano

 Preludes, fugues and passacaglias by Liszt, Shchedrin, Mendelssohn and Brahms as well as excerpts from Bachianas Brasilieras by Villa Lobos

 

Concert 5

The Magnificat

20.30  Rappaport Hall, Haifa

 

Philippe Pierlot, conductor (Belgium)

Cecilia Singers, choir and soloists

Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra

 

J.S. Bach Magnificat No. 243

C.F.E. Bach  Magnificat Wq 215/H. 772

 

 

Concert 6

Love me or Leave me

Noam Vazana, Nina Simone and Bach

 

20.30  International YMCA, Jerusalem

Noam Vazana, Ofer Portugaly, Arieh Volinez and Eitan Itzcovich in a tribute to Nina Simone showing how her works are linked to the roots of classical music and of J.S. Bach.

 

Monday, 19.3.2018

Concert 7

Magnificat

20.30 Zucker Hall, Tel Aviv

 

Philippe Pierlot, conductor (Belgium)

Cecilia Singers, choir and soloists

Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra

 

J.S. Bach Magnificat No. 243

C.F.E. Bach  Magnificat Wq 215/H. 772

 

 

Concert 8

Art of the Fugue

Concert and talk on one of the most mysterious but magical works of Bach

20.30   International YMCA Jerusalem

 

Participants: Mirna Herzog, Shai Kribus, Yaakov Rubinstein, Natanel Pollak, Tal Arbel.

Convener: Dr. Alon Schab

 

Tuesday, 20.3.18

Masterclass with Philippe Pierlot

16.00 Academy of Music and Dance, Jerusalem.

For invitees only.

 

Concert 9

Students’ concert

17.00   Magnificat Conservatory

Selected young musicians from Magnificat Conservatory and other conservatories throughout the country in a concert devoted to the music of J.S. Bach and his contemporaries.

 

Concert 10

Bach's Legacy

20.30  International YMCA Jerusalem

 

The Galilee Orchestra from the Nazareth Polyphony Foundation for the first ever performance in Jerusalem, in which they will play music by composers from the 18th century to today .

Music by Grieg, Birtten and Bloch

 

Wednesday 21.3.18

Bach’s birthday – celebrating 333 years of his birth

International symposium on the Magnificat

10.00-12.00  Music Center, Mishkenot Shaananim

Convener: Alon Schab

Participants: Dr. Boriss Avramecs (Latvia), Dr. Yonatan Ben Yehoshafat.

The language of the symposium will be English. Free entrance

 

Concert 11

The Small Magnificats

13.30  Music Center, Mishkenot Shaananim

Magnificats for the keyboard, and chamber groups.

 

Adaya Peled, soprano; David Feldman, countertenor; Yonathan Swissa, tenor; Yair Polischuk, bass

 

Magnificats by Pachelbel, Charpentier and Vivaldi

 

Concert 13

Festive Closing Concert - The Partitas of Bach

20.30   International YMCA Jerusalem

The distinguished Baroque violinist Dmitry Sinkovsky in a recital of Bach's Partitas for solo violin

 

Exhibition on Magnificats

The exhibition from Bach House in Eisenach will be on display in the foyer of the YMCA hotel. The exhibition will be open to the public and include guided sessions.

 

 


עונת הקונצ
עונת הקונצרטים 2017-2018

 

פייסבוק עונה 17-18

Concert No. 1

Monteverdi's Vespers

Claudio Monteverdi – Vespro della Beata Vergine, 1610

*Noting 450 years to Monteverdi's birth*

 

Andrew Parrott, conductor

Rodrigo del Pozo, tenor

Soloists from Israel and abroad

 

Tuesday, 31/10/2017 at 20:00 – The Israeli Conservatory of Music Tel Aviv

Wednesday, 1/11/2017 at 20:00 – International YMCA Jerusalem

 

 

Concert No. 2

A Christmas Special

*Noting 250 years to Telemann's death*

 

David Shemer, conductor

Adaya Peled, soprano; Avital Dery, alto; Hillel Sherman, tenor; guy Pelc, baritone

Drora Bruck, recorder; Idit Shemer, flute and recorder; Noam Schuss, Dafna Ravid and Smadar Shidlowsky, violin

 

Vocal and instrumental music by George Philippe Telemann

 

Saturday, 2/12/2017 at 11:00 – Catholic Church, Mar Alias, Haifa

Tuesday, 5/12/2017 at 20:00 – The Israeli Conservatory of Music Tel Aviv

Wednesday, 6/11/2017 at 20:00 – International YMCA Jerusalem

 

 

Concert No. 3

Cembalo con piano e forte

*Noting 230 for CPE Bach's death*

 

David Shemer, conductor and harpsichord soloist

Gili Loftus, piano-forte

 

Works for piano-forte and orchestra by CPE Bach and Mozart

 

Tuesday, 16.1.2018 at 20:00 – Israeli Conservatory of Music, Tel Aviv

Wednesday, 17.1.2018 at 20:00 – International YMCA Jerusalem

 

 

Concert No. 4

Vivaldi's violin

*Noting 230 to Pisendel's birthday*

Kati Debretzeni, conductor and violin soloist

 

Works by Bach, Telemann, Pisendel and Vivaldi

 

Thursday, 15.2.2018 at 20:00 – International YMCA Jerusalem

Tuesday, 20.2.2018 at 20:00 – The Israeli Conservatory of Music, Tel Aviv

 

 

Concert No. 5

French Exotica

* Noting 350 years to the birth of Francois Couperin*

 

David Shemer, conductor

Ye'ela Avital, soprano

Anat Czarni, mezzo-soprano

 

Works Muffat, Couperin and Rameau

 

Saturday, 28.4.2018 at 12:00 – Krieger Hall, Haifa

Tuesday, 1.5/2018 at 20:00 – The Israeli Conservatory of Music, Tel Aviv

Wednesday, 2.5.2018 at 20:00 – International YMCA Jerusalem

 

 

Concert No. 6

Beauty and the beast

*Noting 310 years to the premiere of Handel's "Aci Galate and Polifemo*

 

Yizhar Karshon, conductor

Claire Meghnagi, soprano

Shahar Lavi, mezzo-soprano

Denis Sedov, bass

 

Tuesday, 26.6.2018 at 20:00 – The Israeli Conservatory of Music, Tel Aviv

Wednesday, 27.6.2018 at 20:00 – International YMCA Jerusalem

Saturday, 30.6.2018 at 11:00 – The Greek Orthodox Church, Haifa

 

For reserving your subscription please call us now 02-6715888 or send us an email jbo@jbo.co.il


Bach in Je
Bach in Jerusalem Festival

 

header bach festival

Bach in Jerusalem Festival

March 17-21 , 2018

333 to the birth of Johann Sebastian Bach

Full programme

 

Saturday, 17.3.18

Concert 1

Pre-opening – organ recital

Tribute to Johann Sebastian Bach

 

12.00 Church of the Redeemer, Jerusalem

 

Istvan Ella (Hungary), organ

Works by J.S. Bach for solo organ

 

Concert 2

Love me or Leave me

Noam Vazana, Nina Simone and Bach

 

14:00 – Bet Hayotzer, Tel Aviv

 

Noam Vazana, Ofer Portugaly, Arieh Volinez and Eitan Itzcovich in a tribute to Nina Simone showing how her works are linked to the roots of classical music and of J.S. Bach.

 

Concert 3

The Magnificat

20.30 - International YMCA, Jerusalem

 

Philippe Pierlot, conductor (Belgium)

Cecilia Singers, choir and soloists

Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra

 

J.S. Bach - Magnificat BWV 243

C.F.E. Bach - Magnificat Wq 215/ H. 772

 

 

Sunday, 18.3.18

Concert 4

Piano recital

 

17.00  Eden-Tamir (Targ) Center, Ein Karem

 Guy Slapak, Michael Zertzekel, piano

 Preludes, fugues and passacaglias by Liszt, Shchedrin, Mendelssohn and Brahms as well as excerpts from Bachianas Brasilieras by Villa Lobos

 

Concert 5

The Magnificat

20.30  Rappaport Hall, Haifa

 

Philippe Pierlot, conductor (Belgium)

Cecilia Singers, choir and soloists

Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra

 

J.S. Bach Magnificat No. 243

C.F.E. Bach  Magnificat Wq 215/H. 772

 

 

Concert 6

Love me or Leave me

Noam Vazana, Nina Simone and Bach

 

20.30  International YMCA, Jerusalem

Noam Vazana, Ofer Portugaly, Arieh Volinez and Eitan Itzcovich in a tribute to Nina Simone showing how her works are linked to the roots of classical music and of J.S. Bach.

 

Monday, 19.3.2018

Concert 7

Magnificat

20.30 Zucker Hall, Tel Aviv

 

Philippe Pierlot, conductor (Belgium)

Cecilia Singers, choir and soloists

Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra

 

J.S. Bach Magnificat No. 243

C.F.E. Bach  Magnificat Wq 215/H. 772

 

 

Concert 8

Art of the Fugue

Concert and talk on one of the most mysterious but magical works of Bach

20.30   International YMCA Jerusalem

 

Participants: Mirna Herzog, Shai Kribus, Yaakov Rubinstein, Natanel Pollak, Tal Arbel.

Convener: Dr. Alon Schab

 

Tuesday, 20.3.18

Masterclass with Philippe Pierlot

16.00 Academy of Music and Dance, Jerusalem.

For invitees only.

 

Concert 9

Students’ concert

17.00   Magnificat Conservatory

Selected young musicians from Magnificat Conservatory and other conservatories throughout the country in a concert devoted to the music of J.S. Bach and his contemporaries.

 

Concert 10

Bach's Legacy

20.30  International YMCA Jerusalem

 

The Galilee Orchestra from the Nazareth Polyphony Foundation for the first ever performance in Jerusalem, in which they will play music by composers from the 18th century to today .

Music by Grieg, Birtten and Bloch

 

Wednesday 21.3.18

Bach’s birthday – celebrating 333 years of his birth

International symposium on the Magnificat

10.00-12.00  Music Center, Mishkenot Shaananim

Convener: Alon Schab

Participants: Dr. Boriss Avramecs (Latvia), Dr. Yonatan Ben Yehoshafat.

The language of the symposium will be English. Free entrance

 

Concert 11

The Small Magnificats

13.30  Music Center, Mishkenot Shaananim

Magnificats for the keyboard, and chamber groups.

 

Adaya Peled, soprano; David Feldman, countertenor; Yonathan Swissa, tenor; Yair Polischuk, bass

 

Magnificats by Pachelbel, Charpentier and Vivaldi

 

Concert 13

Festive Closing Concert - The Partitas of Bach

20.30   International YMCA Jerusalem

The distinguished Baroque violinist Dmitry Sinkovsky in a recital of Bach's Partitas for solo violin

 

Exhibition on Magnificats

The exhibition from Bach House in Eisenach will be on display in the foyer of the YMCA hotel. The exhibition will be open to the public and include guided sessions.

 

 


עונת הקונצ
עונת הקונצרטים 2017-2018

 

פייסבוק עונה 17-18

Concert No. 1

Monteverdi's Vespers

Claudio Monteverdi – Vespro della Beata Vergine, 1610

*Noting 450 years to Monteverdi's birth*

 

Andrew Parrott, conductor

Rodrigo del Pozo, tenor

Soloists from Israel and abroad

 

Tuesday, 31/10/2017 at 20:00 – The Israeli Conservatory of Music Tel Aviv

Wednesday, 1/11/2017 at 20:00 – International YMCA Jerusalem

 

 

Concert No. 2

A Christmas Special

*Noting 250 years to Telemann's death*

 

David Shemer, conductor

Adaya Peled, soprano; Avital Dery, alto; Hillel Sherman, tenor; guy Pelc, baritone

Drora Bruck, recorder; Idit Shemer, flute and recorder; Noam Schuss, Dafna Ravid and Smadar Shidlowsky, violin

 

Vocal and instrumental music by George Philippe Telemann

 

Saturday, 2/12/2017 at 11:00 – Catholic Church, Mar Alias, Haifa

Tuesday, 5/12/2017 at 20:00 – The Israeli Conservatory of Music Tel Aviv

Wednesday, 6/11/2017 at 20:00 – International YMCA Jerusalem

 

 

Concert No. 3

Cembalo con piano e forte

*Noting 230 for CPE Bach's death*

 

David Shemer, conductor and harpsichord soloist

Gili Loftus, piano-forte

 

Works for piano-forte and orchestra by CPE Bach and Mozart

 

Tuesday, 16.1.2018 at 20:00 – Israeli Conservatory of Music, Tel Aviv

Wednesday, 17.1.2018 at 20:00 – International YMCA Jerusalem

 

 

Concert No. 4

Vivaldi's violin

*Noting 230 to Pisendel's birthday*

Kati Debretzeni, conductor and violin soloist

 

Works by Bach, Telemann, Pisendel and Vivaldi

 

Thursday, 15.2.2018 at 20:00 – International YMCA Jerusalem

Tuesday, 20.2.2018 at 20:00 – The Israeli Conservatory of Music, Tel Aviv

 

 

Concert No. 5

French Exotica

* Noting 350 years to the birth of Francois Couperin*

 

David Shemer, conductor

Ye'ela Avital, soprano

Anat Czarni, mezzo-soprano

 

Works Muffat, Couperin and Rameau

 

Saturday, 28.4.2018 at 12:00 – Krieger Hall, Haifa

Tuesday, 1.5/2018 at 20:00 – The Israeli Conservatory of Music, Tel Aviv

Wednesday, 2.5.2018 at 20:00 – International YMCA Jerusalem

 

 

Concert No. 6

Beauty and the beast

*Noting 310 years to the premiere of Handel's "Aci Galate and Polifemo*

 

Yizhar Karshon, conductor

Claire Meghnagi, soprano

Shahar Lavi, mezzo-soprano

Denis Sedov, bass

 

Tuesday, 26.6.2018 at 20:00 – The Israeli Conservatory of Music, Tel Aviv

Wednesday, 27.6.2018 at 20:00 – International YMCA Jerusalem

Saturday, 30.6.2018 at 11:00 – The Greek Orthodox Church, Haifa

 

For reserving your subscription please call us now 02-6715888 or send us an email jbo@jbo.co.il

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