When treating your senses to mouthwatering Israeli market fare and beautiful sights from north to south in the world’s holiest country, it is only fair to treat your ears as well. All across the country, Israeli art galleries and museums, theaters screening Israeli movies, cultural centres, hotels, libraries, conservatories and even kibbutzim are hosting classical and chamber concert series for the public ear. From Tel Aviv’s infamous Charles Bronfman Auditorium, home to the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, to more intimate settings like the quaint concert hall inside the Felicja Blumental Music Center and Music Library, these classical and chamber music venues invite the Mozart enthusiast right down to the curious tourist to enjoy. Dress to the nines, grab an early bird prix fixe dinner and a fine bottle of Israeli wine at one of the top romantic restaurants in Tel Aviv, but save room for dessert: the sweet, sweet harmonies of classical Israeli culture, drizzled with Vivaldi and sprinkled with Strauss.
Best classical music and opera in Israel
With the 150th anniversary of Canada right around the corner, Toronto-born conductor Peter Oundjian thought of no better way to celebrate than a Europe-wide tour and a stopover in Israel. Oundjian has a special bond with Israel, his mentor being Israeli-America violinist Itzhak Perlman. "I'm excited about the entire experience of sharing music with our friends in Israel and witnessing the excitement for so many of the members of the TSO who have never visited," Oundjian shares. The conductor promises great surprises for Israeli audiences as well.
The Culture Palace (or Charles Bronfman Auditorium) is the grandest concert hall in Tel Aviv, with an even grander orchestra: the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Founded in 1936 by Bronislaw Huberman, the IPO captivates audiences with its subscription series, performing special concerts, family series, piano concertos, a gala event and much more. Over the past eighty years, the well-rounded orchestra has hosted an impressive panel of conductors and soloists, while striving to develop young Israeli talent simultaneously. Revel in the IPO’s blissful baroque and romantic repertoire, as well as all the Bach, Brahms, Beethoven and Bartok your classically trained hearts can handle. Your ears will thank you later.
Founded in 1945, the Israeli Opera has been consistently delivering stellar shows for over seventy years.Since its establishment, in addition to performing well known operas, the opera has commissioned and performed several operas by Israeli creators such as ‘Josef’ by Josef Tal and Israel Eliraz, ‘Alpha & Omega’ by Gil Shohat to a libretto by Dori Manor and Ana Herman, and ‘A Journey to the End of the Millennium’ by Joseph Bardanashvili and A. B. Yehoshua, which was commissioned especially for the 20th anniversary of the Israeli Opera. These modern shows developed by Israeli artists provide visitors the chance to see a performance that is uniquely Israeli. The Opera currently enjoys the support of over 18,000 subscribers and produces an average of eight productions each season. These productions feature leading opera artists from all over the world alongside Israeli opera artists and are sung in the original language with Hebrew and English subtitles.
The 15th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition came to fruition in 1974, at the initiative of Yaakov Bistritzky, after Rubinstein agreed to lend his name to the competition. Since then, every year, the piano competition has grown bigger and bigger. This year hosts 32 competitors from 16 different countries, including Israel, China, Russia, Georgia, South Korea and more. Let the soothing solo piano recitals of the first round win you over or get immersed in the chamber music, classical concertos and 'grand' concertos that make up the finals. Fall in love with ebony and ivory this spring.
Due to an extremely successful first season, Elma Arts Complex is offering their classical concert subscription for the second year in a row. Their goal: to “open up a window on classical music’s varied styles, periods, and musicians.” Their means: through an illumination of three aspects of music—a Classical Series, a Baroque Series, and a Bridge Series that bridges the gap between traditional classical worlds and popular, innovative, more daring musical worlds. The musicians thrive off the acoustics of Elma Hall, the free atmosphere of the Cube, and the audience’s contagious energy. Musical growth is everywhere, even in the blossoming gardens that surround the beautiful hotel. Why not stay the night? The Elma Arts Complex is also a luxury hotel.