Abu Gosh 53rd Festival Shavuot 2018

The Abu-Gosh Festival, which will take place May 18 - May 20 2018, is the leading and most important festival in the Israeli vocal music scene and is in fact the oldest vocal festival. The Festival, held in the town of Abu Gosh just outside Jerusalem in the Judean hills, has existed in its present format since 1992, and it takes place twice a year – on the Jewish festivals of Sukkot (September/October) and Shavuot (May/June), lasting between three to five days each time.  This will be the 52nd festival.

This year the festival features a wide variety of performances from classical to jazz. The first concert in the Crypt this year is Bach “Bossa Nova style”, with other concerts such as “Angels Singing” - the works of Leonard Bernstein, and the music soundtrack to Cinema Paradiso being performed, and a concert from a guest choir from Lithuania.

The Festival's concerts are performed in two churches: there will be four concerts in the Crypt - the Crusader-Benedictine Church, built in the 12th century, situated in the heart of the village; and there will be eight concerts in the Kiryat Ye'arim Church, situated at the top of the hill, overlooking Abu-Gosh.  

Abu Gosh 53rd Festival Shavuot 2018

Concerts at St. Joseph Church (Kiryat Yearim)

1: Friday / 18.5.18 / 11:30
Angels Singing - Commemorating Leonard Bernstein's 100th Anniversary

Paul Ben Haim (1897-1984): I Will Lift My Eyes (Esa einai), Psalm 121

Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990): 1. Warmup, from Mass for acapella mixed choir. 2. Simhu Na, arr. for choir,
              lyrics: Matityahu Shelem
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976): Four songs from A ceremony of Carols for women's choir and harp:
              1. Wolcum Yole. 2. There is no Rose. 3. Balulalow. 4. This Little Babe
Yehezkel Braun (1922-2014): Then Cain Fled, for men's choir acapella, lyrics: Yaakov Shabtai
Leonard Bernstein: Five songs from West Side Story, songs arr. for choir:
              1 Tonight. 2. I Feel Pretty. 3. Officer Krupke. 4. Somewhere. 5. America
Spirituals: 1. Goin Home on a Cloud. 2. Unclouded day, for acapella choir
Leonard Bernstein: Chichester Psalms for choir, boy soprano, harp, percussions and organ


Ofir Nevo, child soloist

Irina Lunkevich, pianist

Maria Golberg, harpist

Aviad Alfasi, percussionist

The Jerusalem Academy Chamber Choir

Stanley Sperber – conductor


2: Friday / 18.5.18 / 15:00

Beethoven and Brahms – The Giants' Summit


Johannes Brahms (1833-1897): 1. Rhapsody for Alto, op. 53

              2. Motet op. 74 no. 1 "Warum ist das Licht gegeben den Mühseligen?"

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): Mass in C major, op. 86


Daniela Skorka – soprano

Nitzan Alon – alto

Lioran Kopel – tenor

Oded Reich – bass

The Israeli Vocal Ensemble

The Israel Netanya Kibbutz Orchestra

Yuval Ben Ozer – conductor


3: Saturday / 19.5.18 / 11:30
The Judgement of Paris – Opera by Daniel Purcell

Daniel Purcell (1664-1717): The Judgement of Paris, libretto by William Congreve (1670-1729)

Eitan Drori – tenor, Paris
Revital Raviv – alto, Venus
Einat Aronstein – soprano, Pallas

Hadas Faran – soprano, Juno

Oded Reich – bass, Mercury

Shahar Choir, directed by Gila Brill

Barocada Collective Ensemble

Yizhar Karshon – conductor


4: Saturday / 19.5.18 / 15:00

Masterpieces by Handel, Bach, Marcello


Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710-1784): Wohl dem, der den Herren fürchtet, cantata for soloists,

              choir and orchestra

Alessandro Marcello (1673-1747): Concerto in D minor for oboe, strings and continuo

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759): Dixit Dominus for choir, soloists and orchestra


Yeela Avital, Hilla Arieli – soprano

Alon Harari – counter tenor

Oshri Segev – tenor

Oded Reich – bass

Yigal Kaminka - oboist

Barocada Collective Ensemble

The Tel Aviv Chamber Choir

Michael Shani - conductor

Abu Gosh 53rd Festival Shavuot 2018


5: Saturday / 19.5.18 / 18:00

Enchanting Peaceful Paradise


Franz Schubert (1797-1828): 1. Mass no. 2 in G major, D. 167 for soloists, choir and orchestra.

              2. Salve Regina in A major, op. 153, D. 676 for soprano and strings

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924): Requiem in D minor, op. 48 for soloists, choir and orchestra


Dana Marbach - soprano

Yair Polishook - bass

The Israel Kibbutz Choir

Raanana Symphonette Orchestra

Yuval Ben Ozer – conductor


6: Sunday / 20.5.18 / 11:30

The Renowned Lithuanian Choir – Jauna Musika 

                         Guest of the Festival from Lithuania                                  

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV 225, motet for double choir

              and organ

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847): Nicht unserm Namen, Herr, Psalm 115, motet op. 31 for choir and organ

Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725): Stabat Mater for choir and organ

Lithuanian folk songs and Spirituals

Jauna Musika Choir

Vaclovas Augustinas – conductor


7: Sunday / 20.5.18 / 15:00

Italian Love Affair


Neapolitan songs arr. for ensemble

Gondoliers' songs from Venice

The Slaves' choir from Nabuco

Arias, duets and ensembles from renowned operas by Bellini, Donizetti, Puccini, Verdi and Rossini


Meitar Opera Studio Singers

David Sebba – conductor, arranger and pianist


8: Sunday / 20.5.18 / 18:00

Mozart – The Great Mass in C Minor

With Keren Hadar and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Musicians


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Concerto in C minor for oboe and violin, BWV 1060 –
              Allegro;   Adagio;   Allegro
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791): Mass in C minor, K. 427, "The Great" for soloists, choir and


Alla Vasilevitsky, Keren Hadar– soprano

Joseph Aridan – tenor

Alexey Kanonikov – bass

Saida Bar-Lev – violinist

Dudu Carmel – oboist

The Ramat Gan Chamber Choir

IPO musicians

Hannah Tzur – conductor

Abu Gosh 53rd Festival Shavuot 2018

 Concerts in the Crypt


9: Friday / 18.5.18 / 14:00

Scotland's Green Pastures - Scottish, English and Irish Ballads in Songs of Love and Darkness


English Ballads
John Dowland (1563-1626): Go from my Window, lute solo
Anonymous 16th century: Greensleeves
Francis Cutting (1550-1595): Greensleeves, lute variations
Anonymous: 1. The Willow Song, from Shakespear's Othello. 2. The three Ravens
Spring awakening
John Dowland: Awake sweet Love 
Robert Johnson (c.1583-1633): Have You Seen But a White Lily Grow?
Anthony Holborne (c.1545-1602): Muy Linda, galliard for lute solo
Thomas Morley (1557-1602): April Is In My Mistress' Face
Nicholas Lanier (1588-1666): No More shall Meads be Deck'd with Flow'rs
Light and Darkness
John Dowland: In Darkness let me dwell
Robert Johnson: Full Fathom Five, from Shakespear's The Tempest
John Dowland: Fortune my Foe, lute solo
Ann Boleyn (pub. 1610): O Death, Rock me asleep
Scottish Tunes and Ballads
The Rowallan manuscript (1612-1628): Scottish tunes and dances for lute solo
Anonymous: 1. Joy to the person of my love (16th century). 2. I never knew I loved thee, for lute solo.
3. In a Garden so green (16th century)

Einat Aronstein – soprano

Ophira Zakai – lutist


10: Friday / 18.5.18 / 16:15

Bach Bossa Nova Style


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) / Charles Gounod (1818-1893):
Ave Maria, based on Prelude no. 1 in C major, BWV 846
Antonio Carlos Jobim (1927-1994): Photografie
Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959): Bachianas Brasileires No. 5
Tomaso Albinoni (1671-1751): Adagio in G minor
Johann Sebastian Bach: Air from orchestral suite no. 3 in D major, BWV 1068
Ray Charles (1930-2004): Hit the Road jack
Uri Bracha (b. 1963): Childhood, from the album Dance of Life
Johann Sebastian Bach: Largo from Harpsichord Concerto in F minor, BWV 1056
Uri Bracha: Until when
Antonio Carlos Jobim: How Insensitive


Sharon Dvorin – soprano

Uri Beracha – guitar player and arranger

Gilad Avro – double bass player


11: Saturday / 19.5.18 / 14:00

La Dolce Vita, Cinema Paradiso – Nino Rota and Ennio Morricone

Songs from Italian Movies


Paolo Tosti (1846-1916): Sogno
Gino Paoli (b. 1934): Un Fiore e Nato, lyrics: Sergio Bardotti
Nino Rota (1911-1979): Ai giocchi addio, from Romeo and Juliet, lyrics: Elsa Morante
Ernesto de Curtis (1875-1937): Non ti scordar di me, lyrics Domenico Furno
Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909): Asturias, for solo Guitar
Ennio Morricone (b. 1928): Love theme from Cinema paradiso
Cesare Andrea Bixio (1896-1978): Parla mi damore, from the movie Gli uomini che mascalzoni,
lyrics: Enio Neri
Francisco Tárrega (1852-1909): Recuerdos del Alhambra, for solo guitar
Ennio Morricone: Nella Fantasia, from The Mission, lyrics: Chiara Efrrau
Ernesto de Curtis: Torna surriento, lyrics: Giambattista de Curtis
Nicola Piovani (b. 1946): Beautiful that way, from La vita è bella, English lyrics: Noa


Assaf Caholi – tenor

Shani Inbar – guitar player


12: Saturday / 19.5.18 / 16:15     

The Castle's Tower – Spanish, Ladino and Renaissance Music


Joan Ambrosio Dalza (d. 1508): Calata ala Spagnola, dance
AnonymousPase el agoa Spanish (15th-16th century)
Ladino songs: 1. La serena. 2. Mansanica corelada, arr.: Eitan Steinberg
Joan Ambrosio Dalza (d.1508): Piva, dance
Alonso Mudarra (1510-1580): Isabel
Ladino songs: 1. Por una nina Ladino song. 2. Durme, durme, arr.: Eitan Steinberg
Judeo-Spanish romanza: Una hija tiene el rey, arr.: Eitan Steinberg
Joan Ambrosio Dalza: Calata ala Spagnola, dance
Juan del Encina (1468-1529): Hoy comamos, arr.: Eitan Steinberg
Luis de Narvaez (1526-1549): Fantasia
Judeo-Spanish romanza: Por que no cantas, arr.: Eitan Steinberg
Ladino song: La rosa enflorece, arr.: Eitan Steinberg.
Spanish anonymous: Tres Morillas (probably 15th century), arr.: Eitan Steinberg.


Etti Ben Zaken – Singer

Ophira Zakai – lute player

Sarig Sela – recorder player

Orit Messer-Jacobi – cellist

Amnon Yoel – percussionist

Eitan Steinberg – musical arrangements


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