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VOCAL JEWELS FROM ISRAEL

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ISRAELI SONGS, like the nation of Israel itself, are rooted in many cultures but distinctly Israeli. The Zionists of the late 19th century brought their folk songs from Eastern Europe – Ukrainian, Russian and Rumanian songs and Chasidic songs from Poland.
The early 20th century immigration brought musicians with European classical training. Songwriters in the Kibbutzim wrote popular songs using various ethnic melodies along with Biblical, Arabic and Bedouin themes. The 1930s brought musicians such as Paul Ben-Haim and Oedeon Partos, able to integrate these traditional forms with western compositional technique. Israeli composers have continued to build on this legacy to the present day. A new music was born – an Israeli music. Uniting all of this was the Hebrew language and a literature stemmed from Biblical texts, such as The Song Of Songs, Psalms, etc; The words were written by Israeli poets  - Miriam Stekelis, Rachael, Abraham Schlonsky, Lea Goldberg, and others.

This program's duration is approximately 90 minutes (including a 15 minute intermission)
Vocal Jewel's from Israel consists of songs by the following composers
Tzvi Avni
Alexander Uriyah Boskovich
Ynon Nee'man
Erich Walter Sternberg
Paul Ben-Haim
Joachim Stutschewsky
Anatoli Hod
Nira Chen
David Zehavi
Gil Aldema
& Naomi Shemer

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REVIEWS

"Raya Gonen is a gifted, excellently trained Israeli soprano...a classy redhead with considerable charm and stage presence. At Weill Hall the entire program (Vocal Jewels from Israel) was well sung, with a clear projection that is particularly welcome in the song repertoire. Ms. Gonen is an intelligent and artful worker with many fine qualities, and we wish her all best luck in her career".
......................................................................................................................................................Benjamin Ivry, New York Concert Review

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WHITHER YOUR BELOVED by G. ALDEMA
 
IF I FORGET THEE, OH JERUSALEM by A. HOD
THE RAIN by P. BEN-HAIM
ELI ELI by D. ZEHAVI
BEHOLD THOU ART FAIR by A.BOSKOWITZ
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