I am just back from a week in Israel visiting with our orchestra, and I have to tell you how exciting it was. The concerts I heard, featuring music by Stravinsky, Mendelssohn, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky, with soloist Julian Rachlin and Conductor Gianandrea Noseda, were nothing short of superb. Audiences loved every minute, and not a seat was unfilled. I hope you watched the Live Stream on February 18th along with thousands of people from around the globe. We look forward to making more concert streams available to you in the near future.
I had great fun observing “Flute Day” – a Keynote educational program – and watched 420 kids, flutes in hand, participate in master classes, attend performances, and participate in a unison concert – all 420 of them!! – at the end of the day. It was thrilling. Check out this video and experience it for yourself.
I also attended three schools served by Sulamot – the program that engages at risk youth throughout Israel. Teaching artists work weekly with elementary schoolchildren to bring music into their lives over a three-year period. It was quite compelling to be in a Bedouin village in the Negev watching this transpire, and seeing the broad smiles and pride in the kids and their school teachers. Read more about the program here.
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