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See the Sounds

See the Sounds

Four weeks, twenty concerts:
Classical music in the Israel Museum galleries

It is with great pleasure that I invite you to a unique type of music festival, an encounter between the musical compositions of European masters and the masterpieces of visual art displayed in The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. The festival offers a rare opportunity to hear leading ensembles and soloists from around the world, including harpist Xavier de Maistre, soprano Chen Reiss, Quatuor Danel – performing all sixteen Beethoven string quartets – and legendary jazz bassist Ron Carter. Read more.


Opening Concert
Johann Sebastian Bach, Mass in B minor
May 29 | 7.30 pm | Billy Rose Art Garden


A Concert for Shavuot
Choral concert of Italian-Jewish and Israeli music
May 30 | 2.15 pm | Wing for Jewish Art and Life


Love and Separation
Johannes Brahms, “Die schöne Magelone”
May 30 | 2.30 pm | European Art gallery


Back to Scripture
Choral concert of Psalms from the Renaissance until today
June 2 | 2.15 pm | Shrine of the Book


The Artist’s Work
Robert Schumann, “Sechs Gedichte aus dem Liederbuch eines Malers”
Hugo Wolf, “Michelangelo Lieder”
Francis Poulenc, “Le travail du peintre”
Gustav Mahler, “Rückert Lieder”
June 6 | 4.30 pm | Gallery for Surrealist Art


David’s Lyre​
Harp recital by Xavier de Maistre
June 7 | 3 pm. | Israel and the Bible archaeology gallery


Byzantium and Jerusalem
Choral concert of Christian and Jewish liturgical music
June 7  | 8 pm | Holy Land archaeology gallery


The Origins of Culture
Harpsichord recital by Mahan Esfahani
June 8 | 8 pm. | European Art gallery


The Nightingale and the Rose
Recital by Soprano Chen Reiss
June 10 | 8.30 pm. | Impressionist Art gallery


Beethoven String Quartets I
String quartets nos. 2, 4, and 5, opus 18
June 12 | 3 pm. | Vittorio Veneto synagogue


Beethoven String Quartets II
String quartets nos. 2, 4, and 5, opus 18
12.6 | 8 pm. | Post-Impressionist Art gallery


Beethoven String Quartets III
“Razumovksy” string quartets, opus 59
June 6 | 5 pm. | Muslims and Crusaders archaeology gallery 


Beethoven String Quartets IV
String quartets no. 9, opus 74; no. 11, opus 95
June 14 | 3 pm.| Modern Art gallery


Beethoven String Quartets V
String quartets no. 12, opus 127; no. 13, opus 130; no. 15, opus 132
June 14 | 8 pm | In the exhibition “Ai Weiwei: Maybe, Maybe Not”


Beethoven String Quartets VI
String quartets no. 14, opus 131; no. 16, opus 135
June 15 | 3 pm. | Youth Wing, “Cats and Dogs” exhibition 


The Madness of Kings
​Arnold Schoenberg, Chamber Symphony No. 1
Mark Simpson, “Ariel”
Peter Maxwell Davies, “Eight Songs for a Mad King”
June 15  | 8 pm. | Lower Gallery Entrance (Cardo)


On the Verge of Transformation
Arnold Schoenberg, “Transfigured Night”
Franz Schubert, String quintet in C major
June 16 | 2.15 | Modern Art gallery 


The Legendary Ron Carter
Jazz bass performance
June 22 | Gates open 8 pm. Performance starts at 9 pm | Art Garden


The Moonstruck Clown
Arnold Schoenberg, “Pierrot lunaire”
June 23| 14:15 | הגלריה לאמנות ישראלית 


Finale
Gustav Mahler, “Das Lied von der Erde”
June 24  | 9.00 | Billy Rose Art Garden
Gates open 8:30pm


Four weeks, twenty concerts:
Classical music in the Israel Museum galleries

It is with great pleasure that I invite you to a unique type of music festival, an encounter between the musical compositions of European masters and the masterpieces of visual art displayed in the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

The festival offers a rare opportunity to hear leading ensembles and soloists from around the world, including harpist Xavier de Maistre, soprano Chen Reiss, Quatuor Danel – performing all sixteen Beethoven string quartets – and legendary jazz bassist Ron Carter.

Each gallery venue has been selected in keeping with the nature of each concert. Thus, for example, the EuropaChorAkademie will play Psalms compositions from the Renaissance to the present day in the Shrine of the Book, which houses the world’s oldest biblical scrolls; and “Eight Songs for a Mad King” by the modern composer Peter Maxwell Davies will be performed alongside archaeological artifacts attesting to the madness of kings in ancient times. Through enlightening juxtapositions such as these, layers of meaning and feeling are uncovered to produce a new work that is both seen and heard. Each concert will be preceded by a different gallery tour providing a broad cultural context and addressing this reciprocity between note and line, spirit and matter.

The festival features a host of genres and styles: from liturgical music through compositions by the classical masters of the 18th and 19th centuries to experimental 20th-century music. In this sense, it reflects the multifaceted history of European culture and its diversity – a message that is of undoubted relevance coming from Jerusalem, the city that has always been part of European spiritual and geopolitical consciousness.

I hope that you will join us in seeing the sounds and hearing the sights created by the world’s great musicians and artists.
Looking forward to the festival,

Daniel Kühnel, Artistic Director


Festival organized by the Israel Museum and the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden and made possible by the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany
Artistic Director: Daniel Kühnel | Chief Producer: Neta Cohen | Content Producer: Kobi Ben-Meir | Technical production: Itay Menashe (Menash), Faza | Assistant to the Artistic Director:
Sarah Weintritt | Sound consultant: Alon Eitan | IMJ Special Events department: Daniel Juran, Lital Cohen, Inna Meyler, Omer Tsur