Friday, December 19, 2014

The Mendi Rodan Symphony Orchestra of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance opens the 2014-2015 season

The Mendi Rodan Symphony Orchestra of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, under the

baton of its musical director Professor Eitan Globerson, will open its 2014-2015 concert season in the Mary Nathaniel Golden Hall of Friendship of the Jerusalem International YMCA at 20:00, December 22nd 2014. In 2012, the orchestra was named in memory of Professor Mendi Rodan, the Israel Prize laureate for music in 2006, who taught conducting at the Academy from 1962 and was Head of the institution between 1965 and 1994. He conducted many important orchestras in Israel and overseas. Born in Romania in 1924, Mendi Rodan became the first violinist of the National Orchestra of Romania at age 16 and its conductor at age 24. The result of his applying for a permit to immigrate to Israel in 1954 resulted in the termination of his job with the orchestra. In 1960, he arrived in Israel with his family. He was principal conductor and music director of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra from 1963 to 1972. Maestro Rodan died in 2009. Maestro Zubin Mehta has referred to him as a “musician of giant stature…and a unique and talented conductor.”

Members of the Mendi Rodan Symphony Orchestra are students of the Academy’s Faculty of Performing Arts; they are required audition in order to join the orchestra. Participating in the Mendi Rodan Orchestra offers the students the chance to become familiar with orchestral repertoire, thus paving the way towards becoming professional orchestral players. The orchestra performs major works of orchestra repertoire, its rehearsal program beginning with intensive and detailed work with sectional instructors prior to rehearsals of the full orchestra.

Works to be performed at the concert on December 22nd are the Overture to Giuseppe Verdi’s opera “La Traviata”, Johannes Brahms’ Symphony no.1 and Edward Elgar’s Concerto for ‘Cello in E minor opus 86, soloist: Michal Korman. Born in Jerusalem, Michal Korman studied at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music (Tel Aviv) and at the Juilliard School (USA). An avid chamber musician, Ms. Korman is a founding member of the Israel Chamber Project. She performs widely as a soloist and ensemble musician.

Tickets: 054-9293405,
Information: 052-7030504

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