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KeyNote’s Cello Day

KeyNote’s Cello Day
KeyNote’s Cello Day

Dec. 10th was KeyNote’s “Cello Day” at the Israel Philharmonic. 350 young cellists came to Heichal HaTarbut, Mann Auditorium, for an inspiring day of instruction and performance. It was also an opportunity to hear the IPO live, enjoy special attention from the finest teachers and connect with young colleagues by actually sharing a playing experience. All of Israel’s cello teachers participated: Micha Haran, Marcel Bergman (IPO principal players), Hillel Zori, Dudu Sellah, Shmuel Magen, Zvi Plesser, Luba Rabin and Uri Chen; they brought with them students of all ages, from all parts of Israel.

The morning’s chamber music concert started with one lone cello performing “Prelude” from the unaccompanied suites by J.S. Bach, and progressed through all the combinations; the “Swan” accompanied on harp, “Victory March” by Israeli composer Jan Radzinski, a jazzy trio for cellos by Gabriel Köppen, a transcription of Debussy's "Petit Negre" for cello quartet, string quintets with two cellos by Schubert and Boccherini, a tango sextet, and finally two immense cello orchestras performing Villa Lobos and a medley of songs by Yoni Rechter.

The audience of cellists and their parents then split up into groups for seminars; for the youngsters, one cello ensemble on the stage with 130 participants, and another ensemble of 60 in the upper foyer. University teachers worked backstage with smaller groups on teaching styles, interpretation and perfection of technique.

KeyNote’s Cello Day
KeyNote’s Cello Day

At 1:00, the Israel Philharmonic came on stage for an afternoon concert of the cello’s "greatest hits". Members of the IPO cello section were the featured artists. Felix Nemirovsky and Haran Meltzer (having his IPO debut at age 14 after only 3 years of study!) performed Handel’s Sonata for Two Cellos, assistant principal Shulamit Loraine performed “Andante” from Boccherini’s Second Cello Concerto, Kiril Michanovsky dazzled the audience with a virtuoso performance of Popper’s “Fairy Dance”, Micha Haran, IPO principal and conductor of the concert performed the adagio from the Schumann Cello Concerto and Marcel Bergman, IPO principal, concluded the program with the first movement of the Dvorak Concerto. “Wilhelm Tell Overture”, with its solo cello introduction opened the concert, but the real attraction of the afternoon concert was a “collective” performance of Tchaikovsky’s “Rococo Variations.” Each variation was performed by a different player. Soloists Enrique Maltz, Dimitri Golderman, Baruch Gross, Micha Haran, Yoni Dryblatt, Felix Nemirovsky, Yoram Alperin and Iris Regev demonstrated the incredible level of the IPO cello section!

"Cello Day" was produced by KeyNote which is made possible through the generous support of the American Friends of the IPO and the Schusterman Family Foundation. If you wish to support music education through the Israel Philharmonic please contact the Israel Philharmonic Foundation at 972-3-5250214 or Education Director Irit Rub at 972-3-6211759.

Peter Marck.

December 2008.

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