Choir of London
in conjunction with Al-Kamandjati Music Days Festival
Tour to Jerusalem and the West Bank
12 – 20 June 2009
Over the last few years, Music Days has established itself as the pre-eminent chamber music festival in Palestine. In 2009, in a bold new collaboration, the Choir of London will be making its fourth visit to the region in the last five years to perform gala concerts and to present a new opera production as a major contribution to the Music Days programme.
A new, fully-staged professional touring production of one of the best-loved of all operas, La Boheme by Puccini. A new production by Poppy Burton-Morgan, featuring some of the finest rising young opera stars in Europe, including Charmian Bedford (Mimi), Andrew Staples (Rodolfo), Amy Carson (Musetta), Alex Ashworth (Marcello), Mario Solimene (Schaunard) and George Humphreys (Colline). Conducted by Nicholas Collon, with a new Arabic narration written by Raja Shehadeh and narrated by
Jerusalem (Palestinian National Theatre) — Friday 12 June, 7pm
Ramallah (Al-Kasaba) — Monday 15 June, 7pm
Nablus (Al-Najah National University) — Wednesday 17 June, 7pm
Acclaimed Palestinian pianist Saleem Abboud Ashkar stars in special gala concerts featuring the 1st Piano Concerto by Mendelssohn, as well as collaborative performances of the great German Requiem by Johannes Brahms, with a combined Palestinian and European choir and orchestra conducted by James Burton.
Bethlehem (Dar Annadwa) — Tuesday 16 June, 7pm
Jerusalem (St George’s Cathedral) — Thursday 18 June, 7pm
Ramallah (Cultural Palace) — Friday 19 June, 7pm
Jerusalem (Lutheran Church of the Redeemer) — Saturday 20 June, 8pm
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