Vocal Fantasy Festival

An Israeli premiere
G. F. Handel Oratorio “Esther”
The Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra
David Shemer, Conductor
Soloists: Monta Martinsone, soprano (Esther); Tereze Gretere, soprano (the Israeli woman); Kanepe Sniedze, Alt (Mordecai); Ansis Betins, Tenor (Ahasuerus) Neijus Masevicius, Bass (Haman)
The Collegium Choro Musici Riga. Chorus master: Maris Kupcs
An Israeli premiere of a new adaptation to Handel’s Oratorio “Esther” by Shalev Ad-El and David Shemer. A work that combines two different works by Handel written for the same story and sung in Hebrew according to Rabbi Jacob Raphael Saraval’s libretto written in 1764 for the Jewish-Portuguese community in Amsterdam.

July 26 at 13:00 – Zucker Auditorium, Heichal Hatarbut, Tel Aviv For Tickets 

July 27 21:00 – International YMCA Auditoriumת Jerusaleam For Tickets




Schütz’s German Requiem 
The Collegium Choro Musici Riga. Chorus master: Maris Kupcs
Heinrich Schütz – Musikalische Exequien, Op. 7 and other a-cappella works
July 25 at 19:45 The International YMCA Auditorium, Jerusalem For Tickets


Nisi Dominus
Neijus Masevicius, bass
Noam Schus, violin
Orit Messer Yaakobi, cello
Aviad Shtier, harpsichord
July 25 at 18:00 YMCA Conference Hall For Tickets






Ido and Einam
A musical performance throughout the rooms of the Agnon House
Arrangement and direction: Asaf Ofek; Music director: Or Sinai
Participants: Amit Fishbein, Gideon Levy, Or Sinai and Asaf Ofek
Throughout the spaces of the Agnon House in Jerusalem, a group of musicians conjures up the wonderful story of “Ido and Einam”. A love story between a girl with supernatural powers, who holds an ancient treasure of poetry and songs, and Dr. Ginat, a renowned Jerusalem scholar. The story takes place in the Greifenbachs’ home (Gershom Scholem and his wife). The audience wanders along with the musicians between the Agnon family’s rooms, while in each room, the cast stages a vivid picture from within the plot. The musicians play various instruments and integrate into the show numerous recitations, poetry, contemporary electronic music and ancient tribal music.
July 25 at 20:00 Agnon House For Tickets


Voice and instrument
Singers – Noa Shemer, Shira Kerner, Avigail Ifergan
Oud- Yarden Erez
Dolev Solomon- double bass and electric bass Songs by poets and original texts set to original music for voice and instrument.  A duet between voiceand instrument, where each play an equal role.
July 25 at 21:30 International YMCA Restaurant, Jerusalem For Tickets


The Kings’ Songs
Doron Schleifer, Hadar Beiser, voice
Corina Marti, recorders and organetto
Music written in the 12th and 13th centuries for celebrations of victory and royal events in between wars. Victory songs, love songs and more.
July 26 at 12:00 – YMCA Conference Hall For Tickets


A woman’s life and love
Monte Martinsona, soprano
Ido Ariel, piano
A Woman’s Life and Love (Frauen-Liebe und Leben) by Schumann and Lieder for soprano by Debussy and Latvian composers.
July 27 at 11:00 – St. Andrew’s Church (Scottish), Jerusalem For Tickets







Master Class
Corina Marti, who teaches at the Scuola Cantorum
Basiliensis. specialising in performing music from the Middle
Ages and until the Baroque era, will teach in master-classes
for players of recorders, harpsichord and for singers.

July 27 at 13:00 – YMCA Conference Hall, Jerusalem Free entrance



Dolcissimo Sospiro
Daniella Skorka, soprano
Ophira Zakai, Lute
David Shemer, harpsichord
Songs and instrumental music from the early Italian Baroque by Caccini, Frescobaldi, Strozzi, Carissimi and others.
July 27 at 16:00 – YMCA Conference Hall, Jerusalem For Tickets

Bell and Voices
Songs performed by the Jerusalem Soloists Choir led by
Tom Karni, accompanied by bells played in the YMCA bell
tower by Gaby Sheffler.
July 27 at 20:00 – YMCA Square, Jerusalem Free entrance