This year, in fact this week, the Jerusalem YMCA is co-hosting the Israel Festival 2014. The Israel Festival 2014 at the YMCA will include Eight concerts which will take place here at the YMCA, We hope to see you.
Friday May 30
22:00 – Cristina Branco, “Idealist”. Cristina Branco sings Fado: the quintessential Portuguese musical style, accompanied by classical guitar, twelve-string Portuguese guitar, accordion, and piano.
Saturday May 31
11:00 – Hortus Musicus Ensemble, “Love, Dance and Battle.” A sweeping selection of works from the Renaissance and early Baroque in Germany, Italy, England, France, and Spain.
14:00 – Adrián Justus, 24 Caprices by Paganini. Between 1802 and 1817, Paganini, the violin virtuoso from Genoa, wrote a series of 24 études for solo violin, which he called “caprices. Justus will play all 24 caprices in a single virtuoso stroke.
Saturday June 7th
11:00 – A Capella, Motets and Songs of Praise. The Choir of the Franz Liszt Music Academy from Weimar and the Jerusalem Academy Chamber Choir. An exciting collaboration by the young musicians of two music academies.
14:00 – Maurizio Baglini, works by Liszt, Rachmaninoff, and Brahms. The prize-winning pianist Maurizio Baglini returns to the Israel Festival to host cellist Silvia Chiesa in a concert including works by Liszt, Rachmaninoff, and Brahms.
21:00 – Me La Amargates Tú, “My Heart Remembers” Romances and Canciónes from Sefarad. Ensemble Me La Amargates Tú, winner of the International Jewish Music Competition (2008), was founded in the Hague, Netherlands and brings together musicians from around the world. The ensemble performs a mix of Ladino and Spanish songs from the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries.
Friday June 13th
22:00 – Paolo Fresu Devil Quartet, “Desertico”. Paolo Fresu is one of the most talented and best known trumpet and flugelhorn players in the world today. A decade after their founding, the Jazz quartet comes to the Israel Festival to perform pieces from their new album, “Desertico”, among others.
Saturday June 14th
11:00 – Niogi Contemporary Jazz Ensemble, An evening of original music. Niogi performs original works combining acoustic instruments with state-of-the-art synthesizers. The musicians, all jazz musicians with specializations in different genres, combine harmonic and rhythmic influences from the worlds of classical, jazz, and world music.
For more information and reservations please visit the Israel Festival website.