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The Israel Camerata Jerusalem Orchestra

Melbourne Recital Centre presents The Israel Camerata Jerusalem Orchestra

The acclaimed Israel Camerata Jerusalem Orchestra makes its Australian debut at
Melbourne Recital Centre this September.

The Israel Camerata Jerusalem Orchestra is the leading chamber orchestra in Israel today. Founded in 1983 by Avner Biron, its longstanding musical director and permanent conductor, the Camerata was an experiment in Israeli melting pot endeavours and has been hugely successful in bringing together established and emerging musicians. As a cultural endeavour, it has achieved remarkable excellence in one of the most significant – and fiercely competitive – areas of the arts: classical music.

As part of Melbourne Recital Centre’s ongoing mission to be a creative leader for Melbourne, this exclusive Australian tour will see the orchestra perform two concerts in Elisabeth Murdoch Hall exploring the ongoing resonance of Jewish sacred and folk music. ‘We are so excited to bring the Israel Camerata Jerusalem to Australian audiences this September,’ says Marshall McGuire, Melbourne Recital Centre’s Director of Artistic Planning. ‘The opportunity to experience this chamber orchestra’s creativity, inventiveness and originality will make this one of the most remarkable – and unmissable – classical performances in Melbourne this year.’

The highlight of these performances will be works by Ukrainian/Israeli composer Mark Kopytman renowned for crafting compositions of intricate beauty. Amongst Dvorák’s impassioned Cello Concerto in B minor and Haydn’s joyous Symphony No.85 ‘The Queen’, the first concert also features Kopytman’s Beyond all this …, a major work from an important voice in classical music. In the words of the composer, it is ‘a mixture of reflections of the feelings, throughts and dreams about the people and the country to which I belong’. The second performance will provide great contrast highlighting another of Kopytman’s landmark works Kaddish, written in memory of the composer’s late father, creating a great prayer of remembrance.

Joining the Camerata is Israeli cellist Zvi Plesser, a musician with a remarkably varied career as cello soloist, chamber musician and distinguished educator. Based in Israel, Zvi Plesser has performed worldwide and collaborated with some of our time’s leading instrumentalists and conductors including appearing as a soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in a special concert conducted by Maestro Simon Rattle. For these Australian performances, Zvi Plesser will join the Camerata as soloist in Dvorák’s rhapsodic Cello Concerto in B minor – one of the most magnificent in the repertoire – on 19 September and the graceful and melodic Cello Concerto in C by Haydn in the second performance.

Melbourne performances generously supported by Yvonne von Hartell AM and Robert Peck AM Israel Camerata Jerusalem’s Australian tour is supported by Australia Israel Cultural Exchange, The Besen Family Foundation, The Pratt Foundation and the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce (Vic).

CONCERT 1: Beyond All This …
Thursday 15 September, 7:30pm
Elisabeth Murdoch Hall
DVORÁK Cello Concertoin B minor, Op.104
KOPYTMAN Beyond All This …
HAYDN Symphony No.85 ‘The Queen’

CONCERT 2: Remembrance
Monday 19 September, 7:30pm
Elisabeth Murdoch Hall
BARTÓK Divertimento
HAYDN Cello Concerto No.1 in C, Hob.VIIIb:I
SCHUBERT Symphony No.5, D.485

Premium $129
A Reserve $109 ($99 concession)
B Reserve $89 ($79 concession)
C Reserve $69 ($59 concession)
Book tickets at melbournerecital.com.au or 03 9699 3333

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