Sun, December 6, 2020 | 12:30 PM, EST
Sun, December 13, 2020 | 11:00 AM, PST
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.
On Friday, December 20 at 7:30, 14 members from the Galilee Orchestra performed inEilabun, a small village about one-half hour north of Nazareth. Inspired by the Liturgical Festival, Eilabun’s Regional Council asked for a performance from Polyphony as part of their Christmas celebrations and to attract residents from surrounding towns. The ensemble presented Corelli’s “Christmas” Concerto Grosso in G Minor, Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Vivaldi’s Summer Concerto and The Holberg Suite by Edvard Grieg.
On Thursday, January 2, the same musicians performed at the Selisian Church in Nazareth for members of the Institute for Certified Public Accountants at their national conference.
This fall, the Polyphony Quartet gave a series of performances in the U.S. Violinists Yamen Saadi and Edi Kotlyar, violist Yoav Yatzkin, and cellist Mahdi Saadi performed western classical music and Jewish and Middle Eastern folk tunes. Following the music, Co-Founder and Director Nabeel Abboud Ashkar lead a question and answer session with the audience and musicians.
Thursday, November 14: The Pico Union Project, Los Angeles
Friday, November 15: Wende Museum, Culver City
Saturday, November 16: Institute for Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Monday, November 18: Oshman Family JCC, Palo Alto
Tuesday, November 19: Congregation Kol Shofar, Tiburon
Wednesday, November 20: Private concert, New York
Bringing together musicians from all over Israel from Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, and Nazareth, the Galilee Chamber Orchestra debuted in Europe this summer with a series of performances throughout Germany:
Haydn Overture to L’isola disabitata
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 19
Wisam Gibran “Overcoming” a commissioned work on courage (2018)
Beethoven Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21
Polyphony String Quartet US Tour in April 2018
The Sedona Forum at The McCain Institute for Global Leadership
Sedona, Arizona. April 20, 2018
A performance with Ramaz School
New York, New York. April 16, 2018
The Rockefeller Foundation
New York, New York. April 16, 2018
Bet Am Shalom
White Plains, New York. April 15, 2018
Sir András Schiff conducts the Galilee Chamber Orchestra
Nazareth, Israel. December 19, 2016
Zubin Mehta leads a Masterclass at the Nazareth Conservatory
Nazareth, Israel. October 24, 2016
Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra led by Zubin Mehta
Keshet Eilon Music Center 25th Anniversary Gala Concert
Tel Aviv, Israel
Polyphony Youth Orchestra
Jerusalem. October 2013.
Sint-Annakerk, Ghent Flanders Festival
Ghent, Belgium. September 15, 2018.
Deinze, Belgium. September 16, 2018
Ghent Festival van Vlaanderen, De Bijloke
Ghent, Belgium. September 20, 2018
Lerici, Italy. August 26, 2018
Lerici, Italy. August 20, 2018.
The 2017 Henry A. Kissinger Prize Ceremony
American Academy in Berlin, Germany. June 20, 2017
‘Incontri in Terra di Siena’ Festival, La Foce
Tuscany, Italy. 2014
Harrogate International Festivals
United Kingdom. April 2014
Summit of Conscience, R20 Climate Change
Paris, France. July 2015
Richard Strauss Institute
Concert for Peace
Nazareth, Belgium. December 23, 2014
String Quartet Concert and Reception at JCC MetroWest
West Orange, New Jersey. October 15, 2017
Polyphony Youth Orchestra performs with special guest David Broza
Dallas, Texas. February 12, 2017
AAM Awards Dinner
Los Angeles Theatre Center
Los Angeles, California
Metropolitan United Methodist Church
Congregation Shir Tikvah
Museum of Tolerance
Los Angeles, California. May 2013
Lincoln Center Global Exchange
Alice Tully Hall
Concert & Conversation at the First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich
Greenwich, Connecticut. October 14, 2017
92nd Street Y
Jewish Community Center Benefit
All Souls Church Public Concert
Clinton Global Initiative
New York City. September 2015
The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
New York City. March 2014.
Congregation Beth Elohim