The Israel Festival is proud to host Peom Balev series in Saturday concerts of original Israeli chamber music. Poem Balev takes place in collaboration with the Felicja Blumental Music Centre, which showcases original music by innovative and prominent Israeli composers and musicians.

The series Poem Balev features music by three composers recognized as trailblazers in their fields: Menachem Wiesenberg, who composed and arranged many Israeli classics, the violinist and composer of classical Arabic music Sami Kheshaiboun, and the Israeli debut of two works by Joseph Bardanashvili, one of Israel’s leading classical composers.

Saturday, May 26th, 11:00, approx. 70 min., no intermission
Joseph Bardanashvili and Guy Rauscher | Israeli Debut
Two musical compositions by Bardanashvili: Piano Trio no. 1 in memory of Bizet and excerpts from All is Mirror for mezzo-soprano and piano, and a musical composition for piano trio by the young composer Guy Rauscher.
Mezzo-soprano: Zlata Chershberg | Apassionata Piano Trio: Hadas Fabrikant (violin), Iris Yortner (cello), Einat Fabrikant (piano)


Saturday, June 2nd, 11:00, approx. 70 min., no intermission
Shir Eretz
Beloved Israeli songs from the country’s early years in new arrangements by Menachem Wiesenberg, including compositions by Mordechai Zeira, David Zehavi, Nachum Nardi, Sasha Argov to words by Yakov Fichman, Alexander Pen, Alterman and many more.
Piano and arrangements: Menachem Wiesenberg | Mezzo-soprano: Anna Spitz | Baritone: Guy Pelc


Saturday, June 9th, 11:00, approx. 70 min., no intermission
Maccam El Houb
Original works by Sami Kheshaiboun alongside new arrangements of compositions from the classical Arabic music repertoire.
Composer and musical director: Sami Kheshaiboun | Elpharabi Quartet: Michael Marun (oud), Noam Kribin (bass), Aziz Nadaf (daf), Samo Kheshaiboun (violin)
Musical direction: Avigail Anheim
Production: Felicja Blumental Music Centre
In collaboration with Chag Hamusika and Israeli Music Institution

Poem Belev series is supported by Rad Binat; Israeli Cultural administration; Tel Aviv Jaffa Municipality

The Poem Balev series at the Israel Festival is sponsored by Yehuda Zisapel

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