May 7th to 12th 2018, The Tel Aviv Museum of Art

The Felicja Blumental Music Festival, one of Israel’s longest established and most acclaimed festivals, is marking 20 years of diverse musical activity. This year, however, the festival will be taking place without its founder, Annette Celine, Felicja Blumental’s daughter. Ms. Celine passed away in June 2017. For 19 years, Annette Celine was director of the festival’s artistic program, realizing her love of the arts and her wish to present music in all its variety in a series of events addressing style, performance and period. The 20th Festival will reflect Annette Celine’s taste, presenting artists and styles she especially loved. Artists and ensembles from all over the world who have taken part in the festival over the years will return to Israel to perform in the 20th festival, a festival entirely dedicated to Annette Celine’s memory.

L’Arpeggiata, under the direction of Christina Pluhar, first appeared in the Felicja Blumental Festival in 2006; at that time, it was still a totally unknown ensemble. As with other ensembles, Annette Celine was one of the first to recognize its huge potential. Since then it has become one of the most important ensembles in the world of early music and is invited to perform at major world festivals and venues. L’Arpeggiata will be presenting its beguiling program “Mediterraneo” - a musical journey around the Mediterranean Basin, in which fascinating cultural connections and fusions will be woven, from southern Italy eastwards, to Greece and Turkey and westwards, to Spain (Majorca and Catalonia) and Portugal. Also in the realm of early music, the Armonico Consort (UK) directed by harpsichordist Christopher Monks, with soprano Gillian Keith, will present a program of Bach cantatas. The ensemble’s first appearance at the festival was in 2007.

Annette Celine grew up in Brazil; there has, therefore, always a special focus on Brazil in the festival. This year, the festival will host singer/mandolin player Nilze Carvalho who will collaborate with the Israeli Chorole Ensemble, the latter returning to the festival following successful appearances in past years. Also from Brazil, we will host three singers – soprano Gabriela Pacce, alto Denise de Freitas and baritone Lício Bruno - together with pianist Sonia Rubinsky in a program dedicated to the


music of Heitor Villa-Lobos, who was a close friend of Felicja Blumental and Markus Mizne. The major work on the program will be the “Cicio Brasileiro”.
Annette’s liking for contemporary music and her ambition to promote women artists will find expression in the program of homage to composers Chaya Czernowin, Betty Olivero and Shulamit Ran. Conductor Ariel Zuckermann and the Israel Chamber Orchestra, together with a number of soloists, will perform a program of Olivero and Ran’s works’ Ensemble Nikel will perform works of Czernowin. The festival will also include a discussion session with the composers.

As every year, the Tremolo Percussion Ensemble of the Israel Percussion Center will return, this year collaborating with the Strasbourg Percussion Ensemble (France) in a program of music of the 20th and 21st centuries, a concert bristling with energy and rhythm.

The Israeli Jazz Orchestra will also be returning to the festival, this time as guests at the concert of trumpeter Avishai Cohen and bassist Eli Magen.

Israeli musicians - soprano Chen Reiss, pianists Daniel Gortler and Tal Haim Samnon, ‘cellist Michal Korman and clarinettist Tibi Zeiger - will join together for a concert of songs and instrumental works of Schubert and Brahms.

Other guests of the festival will be soprano Yael Levita, recorder player Tali Rubinstein accompanied by harpsichordist/pianist Apollonio Maiello (Germany), singers Lucy Shelton and Esti Kenan, Ensemble Marsh Dondurma in a performance for children, pianist Ofra Yitzhaki and other outstanding musicians from Israel and overseas, who will join to produce an unforgettable festival in Annette Celine’s memory.

Tickets range from NIS80 to NIS150.
Reductions for American Express and Isracard card holders, Extra Members Club, workers’ committees, members/retirees of the Teachers’ Union, Tov Club, Ashmoret members and more.
Special reductions for friends of the festival and subscribers to Tarbut News, see tarbut.news@gmail.com or the festival site.

Monday 7.5

17:00 / Assia Gallery
Lecture/ After 20 years
Yossi Schiffmann, lecturer 
The vision behind the festival and its realization
Admission free (lecture in Hebrew)

18:30 / Shidlovsky Auditorium
Kibbutz / REMIX. A tribute to Chaya Czernowin.
Nikel Ensemble

Yaron Deutch, electronic guitar; Patrick Stadler, saxophone; Brian Archinal, percussion; Antoine Francoise, piano; Guest: Krasimir Sterev, accordion
Enno PopeFleisch
Chaya Czernowin - Knights of the Strange
Ann Cleare - The square of yellow light that is your window
Ann Cleare - I'm not a clockmaker either
Chaya Czernowin – Sahaf
Ticket / 80 NIS

20:30 / Recanati Auditorium
Mediterraneo / L’Arpeggiata - Christina Pluhar
Vinzenco Capezzuto,  alto
Anna Dego,  teatrodanza; Doron Sherwin, cornetto; Judith Steenbrink, baroque violin; Josep Maria Marti Duron, theorbo, lute & baroque guitar; Sergey Saprychev,  percussion; Francesco Turrisi,  harpsichord
Christina Pluhar,  theorbo & direction
Baroque music from Italy, Spain, Greece, Turkey & Macedonia
Ticket / 150 NIS

Tuesday 8.5

17:00 Shidlovsky Auditorium
Bikur Moledet
Encounter with composers Chaya Czernowin, Betty Olivero and Shulamit Ran
Avigail Arnheim, moderator
Admission free

18:30 Assia gallery
Maiello-Rubinstein Duo
Tali Rubinstein (Israel), recorders
Apollonio maiello (Germany), piano, harpischord.
Original music that combines the aesthetics of the Baroque with the improvisation of the modern jazz.
Ticket / 80 NIS

20:30 Recanati auditorium
Percussion celebration
Les Percussions de Strasbourg (France):  François Papirer, Minh-Tam Nguyen, Galdrik Subirana, Enrico Pedicone, Thibaut Weber, Théo His-Mahier
Tremolo Ensemble (Israel): Tomer Yariv, Lior Eldad, Nadav Ovadia, tomer Galili, Daniel Solomonov
Gérard Grisey - Tempus Ex Machina
Toru Takemitsu - Rain Tree
Dor Fischer - Absurd 
Edgard Varèse - Ionisation
Tomer Yariv - Hommage to Zappa
In colaboration with Israel contemporary players
Ticket / 120 NIS

Wednesday 9.5

17:00 Konstantiner  room
A Woman’s Life and Love.
Avigail Arnheim, lecturer
Film and talk about Annette Celine, the artist, singer and the festival's founder
Free admission

18:30 Assia gallery
Songs that Annette sang and loved
Yael Levita, soprano; Daniel Gortler, piano
Songs with and without words by Schumann, Mendelssohn, Strauss, Faure, Debussy & Chopin
Ticket / 80 NIS

20:30 Recanati auditorium
Rhythms of Samba and the Choro
Nilze Carvalho (Brazil), singer and mandolin
Chorole quartet (Israel)
Salit lahav, flute, saxophone, accordion; Daniel Ring, cavaquinho; Oded Aloni, percussion; Nir Steinberg, guitar
Choro music, samba and well-known classical Brazilian tunes
Ticket / 150 NIS

Thursday 10.5

17:00 / Shitrit auditorium
“Bach - The Genius from Leipzig”
Omer Shomroni, lecturer
A Lecture (in Hebrew) about Bach's cantata BWV 82 (Ich habe genug) and about the secular wedding cantata
Ticket / 80 NIS

18:30 / Assia gallery
Ciclo Brasiliero / Villa-Lobos
Gabriela Pacce, soprano
Denise de Freitas, alto
Lício Bruno, baritone
Sonia Ruvinsky, piano
Villa Lobos Ciclo Brasileiro (Brazilian Cycle) - a piano suite in 4 parts and inbetween –
Songs composed by Villa-Lobos
Ticket / 80 NIS

20:30 / Recanati Auditorium
Bikur Moledet
A tribute to composers Shulamit Ran and Betty Olivero
Israel Chamber Orchestra
Ariel Zuckermann, conductor and flute
Lucy Shelton, soprano;  Esty Kenan-Ofri, singer; Nimrod Guez, viola
Noa Chorin, cello; Ofra Yitzhaki, piano
Shulamit Ran - Under the Sun's Gaze, chamber concerto & Moon Songs for soprano, flute, cello and piano
Betti Olivero - Neharot Neharot for viola and orchestra & Juego De Siempre for voice and orchestra
Ticket / 120 NIS

Friday  11.5

13:00 / Recanati auditorium
Chen Reiss with songs, fantasies and friends
Chen Reiss, soprano; Tal Haim Samnon; piano; Daniel Gortler, piano
Michal Korman, cello; Tibi Cziger, clarinet

Schubert - Fantasia for piano in four-hands
Strauss - songs
Brahms - trio for clarinet, cello and piano op. 114
Schubert - The Shepherd on the Rock
Ticket / 160 NIS

15:00 Assia galery
Jerusalem Music Center
The David Goldman programme for Outstanding Young Musicians
Chamber music concert
Admission free

21:30 / Recanati auditorium
Israeli jazz songs
The Israel Jazz Orchestra hosts:
Eli Magen, vocals & double bass
Avishai Cohen, trumpet
Nostalgic Israeli songs and tunes in new jazz arrangements, written specially for the festival
Ticket / 150 NIS

Sat. 12.5

12:00 / Recanati auditorium
Taninim Al Harosh
Marsh Dondurma
Yoav Yefet, actor
The festival's second year – a concert for the whole family.
Stories accompanied by the great sound of brass players and drummers.
Ticket / 80 NIS

19:00 / Assia galery
Fort on Bach
Anat Fort, piano
Free style  Jazz improvisations based on themes by J. S. Bach
Ticket / 80 NIS

21:00 / Recanati auditorium
The Wedding Cantata
And other great Soprano cantatas
Armonico Consort (UK)
Christopher Monks, conductor and harpischord
Gillian Keith, soprano
Geoff Coates , oboe; Annabel Knight, flute; Garry Clarke, 1st violin
Emma Lake, 2nd violin;  Joanne Miller, viola; Gabriel Amherst, cello
Andrew Durban , double bass
Bach - Ich habe genug BWV 82
Marcello - Oboe Concerto in D minor
Bach - Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten BWV 202
Bach - O holder Tag, erwünschte Zeit BWV 210
Ticket / 150 NIS

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