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«Dear members of the Keshet Eilon Organization, supporters and friends in Israel and abroad, With the approach of Passover, the holiday of spring, we ...»

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April 2014

Keshet Eilon Music Center Management: Reuven Hasak, Chair, Keshet Eilon Organization | Itzhak Rashkovsky, Music Director | Gilad Sheba, Managing Director | David Shemla, Comptroller and Project Director

Dear members of the Keshet Eilon Organization, supporters and friends in Israel and abroad,

With the approach of Passover, the holiday of spring, we are pleased to publish our periodic newsletter reporting about developments

in Keshet Eilon. We begin with an update of the exciting construction progress in our new campus, followed by a report of events during January-April 2014, and forthcoming programs and activities.

We wish you enjoyable reading!

The Keshet Eilon Team Building the Campus An agreement signed in 2005 between Kibbutz Eilon and Keshet Eilon regarding the construction of a campus for Keshet Eilon on an adjoining area of unused land marked the start of this ambitious project. After a number of years spent acquiring the necessary permits from the land authorities, we were able to begin construction in May 2013.

The start of construction was made possible by generous donations from supporters Raya Strauss Bendror and Patrick Drahi, as well as many other good friends who recognized the importance of developing a campus that would constitute an appropriate foundation for the Keshet Eilon Music Center at Israel’s northern border in the Western Galilee.

At this stage 15 student dormitory units are being built in two phases:

Phase 1: Construction of the first 8 dormitory units, whose outer structure has been completed at this time, with the interior work well underway. The aim is to complete these units, including landscaping, by mid-July, 2014, in time to accommodate the participants of the 2014 Mastercourse in them.

Phase 2: Construction of the remaining 7 dormitory units and a cafeteria. The earthwork in this hilly domain has been completed, and the infrastructure foundations are being laid at this time. The construction of the remaining dormitories and the cafeteria is scheduled for completion by the summer of 2015.

The construction project team: Architect: Elyakim Architects Ltd.; Project Management: Kidan Engineering Planning Ltd.;

Contractor: Eptron Initiatives Ltd.; Keshet Eilon Project Liaison: David Shemla.

The Keshet Eilon Finance/Building Committee monitors the construction process in detail. The committee visits the site regularly, receives progress reports, is involved in overall as well as specific issues, and makes de

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Dedication ceremony, the “Isacc Lookout”, March 29, 2014

1. String ensemble performs a Naomi Shemer medley; 2.Unveiling the memorial plaque honoring Isacc Ribatzky. (L.) David Shemla, Itzhak Rashkovsky, Aki Shavit, Reuven Hasak, Gilad Sheba; 3. Family and friends of Isacc Ribatzky plant cypress trees in his memory

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Other building objectives A much-needed upgrade of the lighting in the Bar-Uryan Concert Hall plaza, the adjacent seating area, and the old silo has been accomplished through a generous earmarked donation by longtime friends of Keshet Eilon Rochke and Mundek Furer, who established the beautiful garden surrounding the hall and the plaza in memory of their daughter Eliana.

We thank them warmly!

Twelve years after the conversion of an unused grain silo at Eilon into our distinctive music library tower, donated by (the late) Ami Brown and his wife Gabi, necessary renovations are in progress at this time – repainting, insulation, new flooring, and restoration of the outdoor sign – funded by a generous donation from JCA Charitable Foundation.

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Keshet Eilon Events, December 2013 – April 2014 December 2013 Winter Seminar for Israeli Violin and Viola Students The initiative to hold seminars at Keshet Eilon for Israeli violin students and their teachers, which began in 2002, developed in light of concerns about violin study in Israel, and Keshet Eilon’s impetus, together with other bodies in Israel, to encourage and promote string instrument study in the country. Today, 21 years after the introduction of the innovative seminar program, held regularly, we believe that we are working in the right direction, although it is still too early to say that we have succeeded in restoring the situation to what it had once been. Investing resources in bringing back distinguished teachers to Israel so that they can guide the next generation of string instrumentalists here is more vital than ever!

The Winter Seminar, held during December 19-21, 2013, registered an all-time high of young string students, including a number of violinists from the Matteh Asher Regional Conservatory. They were led by 12 senior violin and viola teachers from academies and conservatories in Israel and abroad, and 10 pianists. As in past seminars, the students were given personal lessons and ensemble guidance, they attended concerts in the concert hall, and they were free to make use of the music library and the violin- and bow-making atelier led by violin maker Adam Korman.

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A concert in the “Sounds of Keshet Eilon“ series performed by the Tiadam Trio featuring violinist Ani Schnarch, cellist Michal Schmidt and pianist Sara Tal.

Masterclasses given by violinist and violin teacher Miriam Fried (USA/Israel), a guest of the seminar.

A special event granting the loan of a violin to Vanya Dolev, a young participant in Keshet Eilon seminars. The instrument was loaned from the estate of the late Leon Engelsberg, who in 1998 bequeathed a legacy of his violin collection to the State of Israel for use by young musicians. The violin was handed over by the Administrator General of the Department of Estate Inheritances, Prof. David Hahn, and his assistant, Advocate Bentzi Feigelson, who listened to Vanya’s performance and those of the other performers and toured the Keshet Eilon premises.

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January 2014 A visit to Media Station i24 News at the Jaffa Port Several active friends of Keshet Eilon, together with the entire Keshet Eilon Music Center staff, visited the new communications center in Jaffa established by Patrick Drahi, a supporter of Keshet Eilon. A fascinating tour of the station, which broadcasts in English, French and Arabic worldwide, revealed that a significant portion of the programs is devoted to reports of events in Israel from a positive viewpoint. The visitors were amazed by the station’s cutting-edge technologies and the large number of experienced professionals who work there, and expressed their admiration for Patrick Drahi’s Zionist initiative.

String orchestra conclave at Keshet Eilon Supporting music education in the Western Galilee, Keshet Eilon now hosts the entire string instrument department of the Matteh Asher Conservatory on our premises, including lessons, ensembles and orchestra practice. Recently, the northern sector of the Young Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, sponsored by the Jerusalem Music Center, also accepted Keshet Eilon’s invitation to practice on its premises. We hope to continue these collaborations for musical excellence and the enhancement of Keshet Eilon as a string instrument center in the north.

In the context of Keshet Eilon’s collaboration with the Matteh Asher Regional Conservatory, Keshet Eilon hosted a conclave of eight st student string orchestras from all parts of the country, under the aegis of the Ministry of Education, on January 21. Danny Yaron, director of the Matteh Asher Conservatory, led the event at the Bar-Uryan Hall.

String Orchestra Conclave at Eilon, Jan. 2014

1. The Rubin Conservatory Orchestra of Haifa, conducted by Yevgeny After

2. The Matteh Asher Orchestra conducted by Noa Eliezer-Shelef

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Dear friends – We welcome every idea or initiative to market our accommodations for use by groups, workshops, seminars, etc., including the use of the Bar-Uryan Concert Hall and the dormitories in the new campus, from mid-August, 2014, onward.

A visit to the new Alkendi Music Center at Jatt in the Triangle Region Reflecting the importance of nurturing music education in all sectors of the country, Keshet Eilon keeps up contact with the Alkendi Music Center in Jatt. The Keshet Eilon staff, together with a member of the board of Keshet Eilon, Karen Schipper, visited Jatt and toured its newly refurbished music center, which provides additional facilities for music activity. We thank directors Moussa and Mohammad Khalaf for their warm welcome, and for the opportunity to meet Ms. Sanaa Abu Asbah-Watad, director of the Jama’ah Center for Action and Social Leadership. At this time, Keshet Eilon has also initiated a collaborative string instrument teaching project with a branch of the Matteh Asher Conservatory in the nearby Arab village of Sheikh Danun.

March 2014 News from the Arts Committee An exhibit of sketches and drawings by artist Alex Kramer, based on his impressions while visiting the Keshet Eilon Mastercourse in the summer of 2012, was exhibited in the Bar-Uryan Concert Hall foyer during the 2013 Mastercourse and thereafter. At present, an exhibition titled “Observation,” by artist Efrat Gal-noor, is on view. The artist, a graduate of the Beit Berl College School of Art, with a Masters degree in art from Haifa University, focuses on site-specific landscapes in Israel. The exhibits are curated by Varda Bobrow. Gal-noor, Yaakov Durchin, Orit Hofshi and Sharon Yaari have been invited as guests of Keshet Eilon during the 2014 Mastercourse to observe our activity.

The northern sector of the Young Israel Philharmonic Orchestra A concert by the northern sector of the Young Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Zvi Carmeli, was held in the Bar-Uryan Concert Hall at Keshet Eilon for an audience of 250 schoolchildren from elementary schools in the region. Warmest thanks to Noa Eliezer-Shelef of the Matteh Asher Conservatory, and her colleagues from the Jerusalem Music Center, Yoram Kligman and Uri Dror, who organized the event!

Spring Seminar for Israeli Violin and Viola Students sponsored by the Eli and Dalya Horowitz Foundation (Public Service Organization) The Spring Seminar, held during March 12-12, was attended by a large number of violinists and violists and 3 cellists, led by a faculty of 12 senior string teachers and 10 pianists. In addition to personal lessons and ensemble rehearsals, the following events

were held:

4 An homage to composer and Israel Prize-winner Paul Ben-Haim, with the participation of his granddaughter Tamar Ben Avraham. The event featured a performance of Ben-Haim’s “Improvisation and Dance,” performed by violinist Yuval Nuri Shem-Tov and pianist Julia Gurvitch, and of a Canzona from his Concerto for Cello and Piano, performed by cellist Ori Ron and pianist Rita Birman. Both string instrumentalists were prizewinners in the recent Paul Ben- Haim Competition. Background about the composer was presented by his granddaughter and a film about his life and works, by Natan Lifshitz and Danny OrStav, produced by the Israel Film Service, was screened.

A concert in the Russian spirit, part of the “Keshet Eilon Sounds of Music” series, featured violinist Hagai Shaham, cellist Hillel Zori and pianist Arnon Erez performing works by Rachmaninov, Shostakovich and Arensky.

The concert was preceded by a ceremony marking the loan of a violin to Keshet Eilon violinist Adi Peled, donated by Raya Strauss and Shmuel Bendror to the Keshet Eilon Violin Loan Pool.

The inauguration of the “Isacc Lookout” at the new campus, with the participation of the seminar students, faculty and many invited guests.

The final student concert, showcasing the results of the seminar work, was performed in the presence of the many guests who attended the campus ceremony and the families of the student participants. Performances by the soloists and the junior and senior ensembles evoked rousing cheers from the audience.

Spring Seminar 2014

1. Young violinist Maayan Shasha has a personal lesson with Uri Lavie

2. Ceremony granting a violin donated by Raya Strauss and Shmuel Bendror to violin student Adi Peled on loan

3. Senior ensemble rehearsal led by Itzhak Rashkovsky We thank the Eli and Dalya Horowitz Foundation (Public Service Organization) for their sponsorship of the Spring Seminar Future Events

The final three concerts in the “Sounds of Keshet Eilon” concert season are as follows:

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We convey heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to all who devote their time and energy to organizing concerts and fund-raising events, and to the Keshet Eilon graduate performers and faculty who appear on a voluntary basis.

July 20-August 7, 2014 The Keshet Eilon International String Mastercourse – the Keshet Eilon flagship The application period has ended, with the large number of talented applicants promising yet another vibrant Mastercourse. Side by side with individual lessons, masterclasses, concerts each evening, and social activities, the course will include these innovative


A “Klezmer music workshop” led by Israeli violinist Sanya Kroitor and his father Emil, an accordionist “Work of Genius:” A display of a unique collection of violins made by the greatest violin makers – Antonio Stradivari and Giuseppe Guarneri, del Gesù – through the generosity of instrument collector Yehuda Zisapel (Israel), and violin expert Florian Leonhard (Germany/England), who will present background information about these violin makers and explore distinctive and important characteristics of their work. An exhibition on this topic will be mounted, and a concert will be held featuring young violinists performing on these rare instruments.

An homage to Carl Flesch, Hungarian violinist and teacher (1873-1944), with the participation of one of his famous students, legendary violinist Ivry Gitlis.

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We thank all the volunteer distributers of tickets who filled the Opera House in Tel Aviv for the 2013 Gala concert.

We invite additional volunteers to assist in this important work for the 2014 concert.

January 1-3, 2015 The Keshet Eilon Winter Seminar for Israeli Violin and Viola Students 6

The Keshet Eilon family shares in the sorrow of:

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