The Liturgical Festival provides an opportunity for audiences from around the world to come to Nazareth and experience classical liturgical music in the city’s unique and festive Christmas atmosphere.
Polyphony’s inaugural Festival took place December 12 to 15 in Nazareth with performances from the Hannover Collegium Vocale Choir, the Galilee Chamber Orchestra, the Tel Aviv Collegium Singers, the Israeli Brass Quintet, and the Latin-American Folk Ensemble, as well as several leading Israeli soloists, in the city’s notable venues, including the Salesian Church, the Maronite Church, and the Industrial Park Auditorium.
The program included a performance of Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor, with 85 vocalists and instrumentalists on stage at the same time, Benjamin Britten’s popular Ceremony of Carols, and a special South American Christmas Holiday Concert featuring folklore compositions. Compositions by Bach, Brahms, Fauré, Purcell, Tallis and Elgar were also in the liturgical repertoire mix.
Vist the Liturgical Festival website
Haaretz: “The First Liturgical Festival in Nazareth”
Jerusalem Post: “The Power of Liturgical Music”
Read the Polyphony blog post and view more photos