Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra / The Mendi Rodan Symphony Orchestra of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance  / The Jerusalem Academy Chamber Choir and the Chamber Choir of the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar, Germany

Universal and timeless, the Book of Psalms has inspired countless artists and musicians who have been influenced by its profoundly humanistic and poetic descriptions.

The Israel Festival is proud to host the premiere of this unique concert by The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, engaging works inspired by the Book of Psalms. The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and the Mendi Rodan Symphony Orchestra, together with the JAMD Chamber Choir and the Chamber Choir of the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar, Germany will perform a concert celebrating the exquisite lyricism so characteristic of the Psalms.

The concert will open with the Persian folk song “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills,” based on Psalm 121. Performed in the late 30’s by Bracha Tzfira, the song left its mark on the composer Paul Ben-Haim, later providing the inspiration for the second movement of his Symphony No.1, one of the greatest works in the history of Israeli music. The second movement of Symphony No.1 will be performed in the first part of the concert.

The second part of the concert will open with “The Song of Psalms”, a piece by the Israeli composer and winner of the Israel Prize Professor Zvi Avni. The piece was written for an A-Capella choir, and is based on Psalms 47, 48 and 150.

Two important oratorio’s will also be performed: Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms and the Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein. Between the oratorios, a traditional Sephardic rendition of Psalms will be performed by Ofer Callaf.

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