Chanukah Special: At the Keshet Eilon String Mastercourse

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A Keshet Eilon string mastercourse. A Keshet Eilon string mastercourse. (maxnathans/flickr)

Continuing a Young Artists Showcase Chanukah tradition, we return to the Keshet Eilon String Mastercourse in Israel, which, like the Young Artists Showcase, is in search for the best young talent.

To start, Keshet faculty pianist Dan Deutsch accompanies cellist Michal Beck in the first movement of Brahms’ Sonata in E Minor. The program continues with violinist Lea Birringer playing Hindemith’s Sonata in D, followed by Bizet's Carmen Fantasy performed on viola by Dana Zemtsov.

The line up also incorporates ensemble pieces such as the Dvorak Miniatures and Toccata by Prokofiev. For an orchestral finale, the full Keshet Eilon Ensemble joins together to close the program – without a conductor – with Prayer for Peace from the John Williams score to the film "Munich."

Program details:
*faculty artist

Brahms: Sonata in E Minor, first movement      
— Michal Beck, cello; Dan Deutsch, piano*

Hindemith: Sonata in D, first movement   
— Lea Birringer, violin; Eugenia Lakernik, piano*

Bizet/Waxman: Carmen Fantasy      
— Dana Zemtsov, viola; Irina Zheleznova, piano*

Dvorak: Miniatures
— Shmuel Ashkenasi*, Chloe Kiffer, violin; Woon Joo Park, viola           

Prokofiev (arr. Atar Arad): Toccata           
— Sergei Pospelov, David Lakirovich, violin; Atar Arad*, Tzeng-ing Wu, viola; Daniel Zlatkin, Rebecca Herman, cello

John Williams: Prayer for Peace              
— Keshet Eilon Ensemble

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Comments [1]

Carol F. Yost from New York City

As long as Israel continues its ruthless oppression of the Palestinian people--going back to its very beginning--I feel it is very inappropriate to include Israel as a source of musicians for the Young Artists Showcase, or for Robert Sherman to visit Israel to seek them out. In fact, at least one of the musicians featured on this program was a Sabra, according to Robert Sherman's introduction; that means that, as a part of the military, she probably took part in actions against the Palestinian people.

I realize that this radio station is not political, and I respect that; but since Israel uses its cultural events and artists to create a favorable picture of itself and whitewash oppression(the Brand Israel campaign), WQXR should not participate in that.

The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions campaign, called for by 172 Palestinian civil rights organizations some years ago, is based on a similar campaign in South Africa under apartheid. Organizations outside Israel are being called upon not to patronize Israeli organizations or artists as long as these organizations or artists do not oppose the treatment of the Palestinians by Israel.

I call upon WQXR to honor the BDS campaign by refraining from participation with Israeli artists or organizations if they do not denounce the Israeli system of apartheid. It is not just in honor of the BDS campaign, though; it truly is a matter of working for justice to the world's people. The BDS campaign arose from that.

Jan. 03 2013 12:15 PM

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