On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Raanana Symphonette Orchestra, we invite our subscribers to a celebration of musical flavors embracing continents and periods. We will host the best young Israeli conductors, pianists and violinists who have won international awards and, of course, renowned artists from Israel and the world.
At the start of the season, Shanghai-born Yi-An Xu will perform alongside Ariel Lanyi, who amazed the audience at this year’s Rubinstein competition. Together they will perform the second and beloved concerto by Brahms. David Sebba, the orchestra’s Conductor in Residence, will mark the end of the year with a nostalgic celebration of the famous international song festivals, from San Remo to L’Olympia, along with the singers Daniela Skorka, Anat Czarny and other singers and actors. He will also conduct a special concert with Shlomit Aharon, one of the great stars of Israeli Music.
Ido Arad will present a varied and intriguing program, from Haydn and Beethoven to Oded Zehavi, together with the young mezzo-soprano singer, Reut Ventorero. Conductor Noam Aviel, currently enjoying success in the United States, will conduct a program together with the winners of the Tel-Hai Masterclasses Competition. The young conductor Rotem Nir, who charmed our audience last year, will conduct Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony and will be joined onstage with the winner of the Malta International Music Competition, the young Italian pianist, Filippo Gorini. Together they will perform Mozart’s great 9th Piano Concerto, written at the early age of 19.
Conductor Gad Kadosh will present with Nitai Zori, the Concertmaster of the Raanana Symphonette Orchestra, a particularly colorful program, centered on a violin concerto by Louis Spohr, a contemporary of Schubert and Beethoven who serves as an interesting link between Classicism and Romanticism in German music.
Gil Shohat will conduct an impassioned, lyrical Latin program along with world-renowned guitarist Liat Cohen and the excellent French cellist, Michaël Bialobroda. From Iberia we move to Greece along with conductor Kornilios Michailidis who will conduct Beethoven’s 3rd, Heroic Symphony and the Greek star Sophia Avramidou, who will present a premiere, Ithaca, to poems by Konstantinos Quapis. She will also charm us with a selection of songs by Manos Hadjidakis.
Raanana Symphonette subscribers can also enjoy two excellent chamber programs. At the center of the Schubertiade program this time is one of the greatest German poets of modern times, the German-Jew Heinrich Heine. A selection of Israeli and international singers and musicians will perform the best of Heine’s poem settings by Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Braun and more. They will be joined by jazz cellist Christina Reiko-Cooper and together with her ensemble, she will present a modern and surprising twist to the German Romantics.
The second chamber concert will bring together on stage some of the best Israeli musicians of today, violinist Asi Matathias, violist Ori Kam, cellist Zvi Plesser and pianist Victor Stanislavsky, in an intriguing concert featuring Beethoven’s piano quartet, Dvořák’s second and marvelous Piano Quartet and the charming serenade by the Hungarian, Ernö Dohnányi.
We will conclude the season in a particularly festive way with the young conductor Keren Kagarlitsky, who has already an impressive resumé in Israel and Europe. She will conduct the poignant intermezzo from the opera Cavalleria Rusticana and will join forces with the fascinating multidisciplinary singer, Yonit Shaked-Golan. Together they will perform a song cycle by the poet Rachel, set to music by Mordechai Zeira and orchestrated by Michael Wolpe. The young Israeli pianist Adi Neuhaus will perform Chopin’s second, lyrical and beautiful Piano Concerto. The season will end with Schubert’s sunny 3rd Symphony.
Yi-An Xu Conductor (China/Israel) | Almog Segal Piano (Winner of the Rubinstein Competition)
Augusta Holmes: La nuit et l’amour (5’) | Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 (40′) | Bizet: “L’arlsienne” Suites No. 1 & 2 – a selection (17’)
Asi Matathias Violin | Ori Kam Viola | Zvi Plesser Cello | Victor Stanislavsky Piano
Beethoven: Piano Quartet in E Flat Major, Op.16 (27’) | Ernö Dohnányi: Serenade for String Trio in C Major, Op.10 (21’) | Dvořák: Piano Quartet No. 2 in E Flat Major, Op.87 (36’)
David Sebba Conductor | Shlomit Aharon Singer
David Sebba Conductor | Daniela Skorka Soprano | Anat Czarny Mezzo-soprano | Singers and actors
Songs from the great festivals, San Remo and the Eurovision, of course. The hits that were born in the 60s-70s-80s and achieved immortality. Anne-Marie David, Gigliola Cinquetti, ABBA and more. The winners, the great successes and the scorching failures.
Ido Arad Conductor | Reut Ventorero Mezzo-soprano
Haydn: Symphony No. 49 in F minor (22’) | Oded Zehavi: Two Hymns for Mezzo-soprano and orchestra (15’) | Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op.36 (34’)
Hagar Sharvit Mezzo-soprano | Daniel Johannsen Tenor (Austria) | Oded Reich Baritone | Asi Matathias Violin | Raz Kohn, Kristina Reiko Cooper Cello (USA) | Daniel Gortler, Tal-Haim Samnon Piano | Jazz Trio
Heinrich Heine’s poems set to music by Schubert, Robert & Clara Schumann, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Yehezkel Brown, Ella Milch-Sheriff, Shimon Cohen as well as Jazz Trio settings.
Noam Aviel Conductor (Israel/USA) | Winners of the Tel-Hai Masterclasses competition (TBA)
Gil Shohat Conductor | Liat Cohen Guitar (France/Israel) | Michaël Bialobroda Cello (France)
De Falla: “Ritual dance of fire”, from El Amor Brujo (4’) | Piazzolla: Libertango (5’) | Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras no. 5, (Arr, for Cello) (7’) | Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez for guitar and orchestra (12’) | Chabrier: “España” – Rhapsody for Orchestra (6’) | Piazzolla: “Spring” & “Winter” from “The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires”, (World Premiere for Guitar & orchestra arr.) (12’) | Albeniz: Asturias (6’) | Domenico Scarlatti: Piano Sonatas in F minor K.466 & E Major K.379 (9’) | Lalo: Cello Concerto in D minor (25’)
Kornilios Michailidis Conductor (Greece) | Sofia Avramidou Singer (Greece)
Beethoven: “The Creatures of Prometheus”, Op.43, Ballet Overture (5’) | Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E Flat Major, Op.55, “Eroica” (47’) | Sofia Avramido: “Ithaca” (Premiere) | Songs by Manos Hadjidakis
Rotem Nir Conductor | Filippo Gorini Piano (Italy)
Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia – Overture (7’) | Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 9 in E Flat Major, K.271, “Jeunehomme” (32’) | Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 in D Major Op.25, “Classical” (16’)
Gad Kadosh Conductor | Nitai Zori Violin
Ravel: Ma Mere l’Oye – Suite (18’) | Louis Spohr: Violin Concerto No. 8 in A minor, Op.47, “In modo di scena cantante” (20’) | Haydn: Symphony No. 101 in D Major, ”The Clock” (28’)
Keren Kagarlitsky Conductor | Yonit Shaked Golan Singer | Adi Neuhaus Piano
Mascagni: Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana (5’) | Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op.21 (32’) | Mordechai Zeira: “Her Image” – Song Cycle by Rachel (arranged by Michael Wolpe) (25’) | Schubert: Symphony No. 3 in D Major, D.200 (24’)