This year’s festival coincided with Tu B’Av, the Jewish Holiday celebrating Love. With the full moon out over the three days of classical, Israeli, and chamber music, a special concert for Tu B’Av was held and the love of music was the setting for the world premiere of original music by Mark Hagerty, performed by Chen Zimbalista. There were masterclasses, rehearsals, lectures, and concerts in the museum galleries, at Salon Malka brewery next to the museum, as well as the unique experience of a huge concert tent on the lawns of the industrial park. The festival was sponsored by the Recanati Family Foundation and the Open Museums.
Mark Hagerty – Woodland; Jenkins – Palladio; Mancini – The Pink Panther; Mozart – Toy Symphony; Piazzolla – The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires; Shifrin/Berlet – Mission Impossible
Tanya Belser (violin); Guy Figer (violin); Igor Frug (violin); Omar Halamish (vocals); Linda Henderson (USA/piano); Anna Kazrinov (Germany/piano); Tehila Machado (cello); Nir Marom (clarinet and conducting); Anat Moshkovsky (vocals); Matan Nussimovich (viola); Harvey Price (USA/percussion); Adiel Schmitt (cello and conducting); Avital Tzaig (viola)
Peace Drums Ensemble (Haifa/I’bilin); violist Sheila Brown (China/USA); composer Mark Hagerty (USA); Ben Perry as MC doing stand-up comedy.
The diverse festival program included:
Mark Hagerty – “Woodland”, a world premiere of an original piece for marimba, percussion, and orchestra, performed by Chen Zimbalista
and conducted by Nir Marom
Musical standup at Salon Malka Brewery with comedian Ben Perry
La Vie en Rose – a Tu B’Av concert with Anat Moshkovsky singing love songs, along with: Gardel’s famous tango, songs by Edith Piaf, The Jinx Waltz by Tony Morena and more
Toy Symphony – a family concert led by Ben Perry with 70 musicians on stage! The repertoire included: the Toy Symphony, Pink Panther, Mission Impossible and more