Israeli Vocal Ensemble springs again to life

2021-04-09 01:31:19

 ‘With all due respect to trendy media, nothing could possibly be in comparison with a stay efficiency, to the intimate contact with the viewers in a live performance corridor and to its instant response to the music making on the stage.” Yuval Ben Ozer, the founder and the inventive director of the Israeli Vocal Ensemble, sounds enthusiastic on the eve of the teams Romantic Voice concert events going down April 11 and 12 on the Tel Aviv Museum of Artwork. 

“This shall be already our second subscription live performance. As a result of coronavirus limitations, we have been compelled to compress the complete season program to 5 months. Our first live performance after the ‘Large Cultural Drought’ came about a couple of weeks in the past – and the viewers’s response was distinctive,” stated Ben Ozer.

Regardless of the lengthy break in performing, the choir members didn’t sit in despair through the drought season with their mouths tightly shut. 

“All this time, except the lockdown durations, we stored rehearsing so we wouldn’t lose our skilled form. We labored on new packages and even carried out two on-line concert events, to not let down our devoted viewers,” stated Ben Ozer.

He added that resulting from impossibility to carry out stay, the ensemble, to achieve its listeners at house, was compelled to method essentially the most superior digital instruments. 

“We livestream our concert events, which can be found to our subscription holders on our new website. I imagine that quality-wise, our broadcasts are pretty much as good of these by the famend Mezzo TV channel. We’ve got 10 mikes, six cameras – I believe that if not the ‘corona’ we wouldn’t have invested such an enormous sum of money on this venture, however now we sustain with the occasions. Though the corona limitations are behind us, there nonetheless are individuals who for some cause are unable to attend our concert events. Now, they’ll benefit from the music as it’s being carried out – not solely in Israel, however all around the world. 

“Our website ‘digital live performance corridor’ options numerous packages – concert events, podcasts, and lectures, devoted to choral music, to such music types as requiem, mass and extra. Each two weeks we provided to our viewers one thing new and the packages have been warmly obtained by listeners at house.”

The upcoming live performance program options choral gems by the nice composers of Nineteenth-century Europe: Brahms, Schumann, Schubert, Rossini and Elgar. Final however not least – Arnold Schoenberg’s transferring piece Peace on Earth will obtain its lengthy awaited Israeli premiere. 

BEN OZER, who by no means misses a chance to unfold his huge data of music, explains that “the Romantic motion in artwork and philosophy emphasised the feelings and needs of the person… the choral music flourished and rose in high quality.”

Talking about Schoenberg’s piece, the conductor says that “it is a post-Romantic opus, which was written simply earlier than the composer switched to serial music. It’s primarily based on a poem by Conrad Ferdinand Meyer and has loads to do with the truth that roughly at the moment Schoenberg adopted Christianity. ‘Peace on Earth’ is a type of idyll, an incomes for peace. It has apparent connotations with the New Testomony and the peace is seen because the Divine crucial. Schoenberg wrote his piece in 1907, earlier than the tip of the Age of Innocence and it feels. ‘Peace on Earth’ is likely one of the most troublesome choral items to carry out, and for this reason it was first offered at a live performance solely 4 years after being composed. 

“These days, this piece is extensively carried out in Europe, but it surely has by no means been carried out in Israel within the type it was initially written, that’s, a capella. That stated, years in the past it was sang by a small college students’ group accompanied by an orchestra.”

Ben Ozer concludes: “Regardless of being difficult, ‘Peace on Earth’ is a transferring and fascinating piece, which merely grips you by the throat and by no means helps you to go.”

A lot of the program is carried out by Ben Ozer but, following the ensemble’s custom, a younger and promising singer/conductor Man Pelc has been invited to steer  Schoenberg’s piece. The vocalists shall be accompanied by pianist Pazit Gal. 

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