The Desert Sounds festival will celebrate Israeli music for five days at the Ben Gurion Center in Kibbutz Sde Boker, from December 12 – 16, 2012. Now in its 15th edition, the festival creates dialogues between musicians and forms that might not otherwise meet onstage, presenting the music before a wide audience in the enchanted atmosphere of desert nights. Artistic director Michael Wolpe opens the festival to a diverse range of musical styles, and to all listeners, with free performances in the festival tent every night in addition to the concerts in the hall.
Desert Sounds 2012:
Wednesday, December 12th
17:00 Meitar Ensemble – Chamber Music with a difference – debut performance of new works by Arie Rufeisen and Haim Permont, as well as Johannes Brahms.
19:00 Shai Sobol – Home Play – FREE performance. New guitar arrangements of Israeli songs with touches of flamenco, Ladino, jazz, rock and classical influences.
20:00 Meir Banai & Meitar Ensemble – Like a Calm Lake – new arrangements to Banai’s song, created for the festival.
22:00 Eran Tzur & Meitar Ensemble – On Nights of a Full Moon – festive launch of Tzur’s new album, in an evening artistically directed by Amit Dolberg; conducted and musically directed by Ziv Kojokaro.
Thursday, December 13th
17:00 The Symphony Orchestra of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance – Young Classical Spirit – works by Haim Alexander, Debussy and Dvorak. Soloist: Hila Ofek, harp.
19:15 J’Ali Ensemble – Party in the Square – an Afro-Jerusalem dance party with a great band that will get everyone in the groove.
20:30 Hayehudim – energies rise and the volume goes way up with a rock performance bringing the best of Hayehudim to the stage at Sde Boker.
22:30 MarshDondurma – Free performance – taking the dance party out to the square this 15 member band will have everyone moving to the beat.
Friday, December 14th
11:00 Nitza Shaul – Pictures at an Exhibition – a family concert of Mussorgsky’s beloved work, conducted by Alex Wasserman, in Maurice Ravel’s orchestration performed by the Ramat Gan Symphony Orchestra, with actress Nitza Shaul.
17:00 Israeli Chamber Orchestra – Symphony of Sounds. Works by Beethoven, Itay Shetrit, Ziv Kojokaro and Michael Wolpe, conducted by Ziv Kojokaro with soloist Amit Dolberg on piano.
19:30 Chen Zimbalista & Emil Aybinder – The Magic of the Balkan. FREE performance in the square. Zimbalista is a virtuoso performer with amazing energy and sunny spirit.
21:00 Knessiyat HasSchel (The Church of Reason) – the rock band performs their hits accompanied by a string quartet and wind instrument.
22:30 Tziporela Ensemble – Akitza Tivit (natural sting). Biting humor, acrobatic mayhem and dazzling wit – an incredibly talented 9 person ensemble.
Saturday, December 13th
11:00 The Revolution Orchestra – Peimot (Heartbeats) – a performance for the whole family by Amit Erez and Zohar Sharon, performed by the Revolution Orchestra, conducted by Roy Oppenheim. Actor Guy Messika will perform and host.
17:00 Cain and Abel – a chamber opera by Eteri Kourbanov, based on a poem by Natan Alterman. 5 actor/singers, 4 musicians, and one dancer, conducted by Meir Briskman. Opening: pianist/composer Ido Shirom with a new piece for piano.
19:15 Yoram Taharlev – Musical Standup, FREE performance in the square.
20:30 A Tribute to Haim Hefer – “Gal Noseh Mazkeret” – with singers Shay Gabso, Aya Korem, Hanan Ben Simon, Yosef Buchnik, Anna Shpitz and Meirav Hazan and the Beer Sheva Israeli Symphony, conducted by Doron Solomon.
22:30 Songs of Mony Amarillio and Rachel Shapira – FREE performance in the square, performed by the singers workshop of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, artistically directed by Michael Wolpe.
Sunday, December 16th
17:00 Choral Marathon – the Naama Choir, conducted by Pnina Inbar and the Ihud Choir, conducted by Ronen Borshavsky.
19:15 The Fairuz You Have Never Known – a journey into the repertoire of the beloved Lebanese singer and popular Arabic music with pianist Nizar Elkhater, Ataf Basharat on Qanun, Alexandra Gordinsky on flute, and singer Sonia Massoud.
20:30 Yasmin Levy – Ladino Enchantment – festive closing concert with the Netanya Chamber Orchestra conducted by Yaron Gottfried, with guests singer Yasmin Levy and pianist Nizar Elkhater.