Cultural organizations at the Jerusalem Theatre
The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra
Established in the 1940s as Israel's national radio orchestra and known as the Kol Israel Orchestra, in the 1970s, it was expanded and renamed the The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra . As a radio orchestra, most of its concerts are recorded and broadcast on Kol HaMusica from the Orchestra's home at the Henry Crown Concert Hall at the Jerusalem Theatre. Since its inception, the Orchestra has had/featured six musical directors: Mendi Rodan, Lukas Foss, Gary Bertini, Lawrence Foster, David Shallon, and Leon Botstein who has, with the end of the 2009-10 season, taken on the title of Honorary Conductor. The Orchestra's repertoire is wide-ranging, from past masterpieces to contemporary works, including those first performed in Israel. The Orchestra is supported by the Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA), the Ministry of Education, Culture & Sports and the Municipality of Jerusalem.
For further information: Box Office: 1 700 70 4000 972-2-561 1498/9
The Information and Box Office are at the entrance on Chopin Street, separate from the Jerusalem Theatre
Hours: Sunday-Friday 10am-1pm, Sunday-Thursday 4pm-7pm, On Concert Days until 8pm
The Jerusalem Orchestra East & West
Musical director and principal conductor: Tom Cohen
The Jerusalem Andalusian Orchestra produces and performs musical programs, that feed off the cultures of the Mediterranean Basin and the neighboring regions, in a new musical language.
Maqams and eastern rhythms meet western harmony and, together, they create the quintessential Israeli mix, and celebrate the rich spectrum of sounds, cultures and musical styles.
The orchestra includes some of the world's best instrumentalists who play traditional, ethnic and classical Arabic instruments, together with a string, percussion and wind instrument section. This enables the ensemble to perform complex works, from classical Egyptian music through Spanish flamenco, Greek music, Iraqi and Turkish music, to music from the Maghreb, at the highest level of rendition and precision, together with innovative arrangements. The result is an exciting and powerful musical experience which people, for whom this kind of artistic material is unfamiliar, to connect and be moved right from their first encounter with it, while paying the greatest respect, and paying close attention to the laws of music and its roots.
These are mesmerizing musical sounds which can only be created in Israel
The Mikro Theatre Group was founded in 1994, when Irina Gorelik, created a theatre studio in Jerusalem for young Olim from Russia. With her experience as play writer, director and teacher, Irina gave these talented young individuals an opportunity to integrate into a new culture - while maintaining and preserving their cultural background. Through her guidance, the studio most talented students became actors in the Mikro Theatre, which was recognized as a professional theatre in 2004.The Mikro story involves a successful integration into Israeli society through an approach which calls for the promotion of cultural diversity and pluralism in Israel.
Today, Mikro performs in Hebrew at the Jerusalem Theatre - accommodating diverse Israeli audiences. The group consists of actresses and actors that are presenting an exceptional standard of theatre in Jerusalem. A central characteristic of the Mikro plays is in the connection of the plots and scenes to Judaic culture and phenomena. Irina Gorelik interprets and recreates these contents, through the lens of Russian theatrical traditions.
These elements combined form unique and meaningful performances. Presented in Jerusalem, the fusion of the Two worlds is one of artistic excellence.
The Israel Festival
The Israel Festival was established in 1961 by Aharon Zvi Propes as a summer music festival held in the Roman amphitheater in Ceasaria. In time, the Festival expanded its activities beyond just classical music and in 1982, the
Municipality of Jerusalem adopted the Festival. The Festival's programme includes theatremusic and dance performances from Israel and abroad , premiers of Israeli works and tributes of leading Israeli artists. It takes place annually in springtime, when the public can also enjoy a large number of free shows, including street theatre and jazz clubs at night.