This week is the Young Artists Showcase's annual Chanukah broadcast from the gala concert of the Keshet Eilon String Mastercourse in Israel. When the Keshet Eilon program was featured on the Young Artists Showcase for the first time 16 years ago, negotiating the rights to the recordings took so long that the summer festival was broadcast in December. Now, performances from this distinguished string festival have become a Chanukah tradition.
The Keshet Eilon Music Center and String Mastercourse was founded in 1990 at Kibbutz Eilon in northern Israel. Though it has since expanded to include year-round programming, the cornerstone of the center remains its annual three-week summer intensive for string players. Young musicians from around the world come to participate in high-level masterclasses and workshops with top string teachers. Other activities include an archery program designed specifically to help with string technique.
The 2016 gala concert took place at the Tel Aviv Opera House and featured many talented players. We will hear a range of pieces, from Beethoven to contemporary composers, and of course some traditional Jewish music as well.
Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 7, Allegro
— Ariel Horowitz, violin; Petr Jirikovsky, piano
Saint-Saens: Rondo Capriccioso
— Victoria Gelman, violin; Julia Gurvitch, piano
Ysaye: Caprice after a Waltz by Saint-Saens
— Daniel Alzenshtadt, violin; Evgenia Lakernik, piano
Panufnik: Hora Besserabia
— Ziyu He, violin
Lavry: Three Jewish Dances
— Itamar Rashkovsky, violin; Ariel Halevy, piano
Hillel Zori (arr.): Ladino songs
— Keshet Eilon ensemble