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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.


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


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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