16 December 2018 - 9 Tevet 5779 - ט' טבת ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Abu-Gosh Festival showcases vocal music E-mail

The Abu-Gosh Festival is the leading and most important festival in the Israeli vocal music scene, and is in fact the country’s oldest vocal festival.

This year’s festival, which ran from 30 May until 6 June, featured a wide variety of artists. The festival, held in the town of Abu Gosh just outside Jerusalem in the Judean hills, has existed in its present format since 1992, and takes place twice a year, on the Jewish festivals of Sukkot (October) and Shavuot (June). It lasts between three and five days each time, and this year’s event is the 51st festival.

This year, the festival featured a wide variety of performances, from classical to jazz. The main guest this year was the University of Delaware Choir, conducted by Paul D. Head. This university choir has recorded and performed with great success in concerts around the world, including at Carnegie Hall in New York. The choir performed two programmes. The first combined classical music, African music and spirituals and included percussionist Chen Zimbalista, while the second included jazz-favourite songs and spiritual music.

Other guests at the festival included Portuguese singer Sofia Pedro; Ricardo Rapoport, a bassoon and Brazilian cavaquinho player who was joined with the HaGalil Ha-Elion Choir directed by Ron Zarhi, and the Phoenix Ensemble.

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