The orchestra consists of 24 young musicians and singers - with ages ranging from 16 to 34
- from various parts of Israel.
Nizar Elkathar, conductor
Not only is the repertoire based on a mixture of eastern and western musical conventions, but also influenced by the presence of distinct musical instruments, ranging from the oud and kanoon to the cello and violin. A new sound is thus reproduced, growing out of the seeds of peace and harmony.
The orchestra plays a repertoire of newly composed or arranged works, both original as well as prearranged works taken from Oriental Arabic or Jewish traditions.
The orchestra meets for rehearsals once a week in Tel Aviv, performing in concerts all over the country as well as abroad, taking part in international music festivals and exchange projects. Last Year (2016), the orchestra played in Madrid and following the great success, it was invited to Argentina (2017) for two hugely popular concerts.
This year (2018) the orchestra is planning to go to Germany.
In addition to concerts across Israel, the orchestra appeared at the Museum of Islam, The Oud Festival, the Festival “sounds of the desert”, the Israeli music holiday, Van Leer center in Jerusalem, YMCA, a meeting of the Anti-Defamation League in the U.S. ambassador's house, theatrical Autumn Festival in Tel Aviv, at a “three holidays” event in Jaffa and more… In May 2012 the group celebrated its first decade; a concert was held at the Holon Theater, with the participation of the soloist singer Noa (Achinoam Nini) - hosted by Dan Shilon. The concert was recorded and broadcasted on the radio.
The orchestra emphasizes on performances to audiences in Arab towns such as Nazareth, Yafa, Kfar Qara, Umm al-Fahm, Haifa and Aco. The orchestra is also invited every year to concert tours abroad in countries such as the Netherlands, Croatia, Slovenia, Cyprus, Spain, Germany and Argentina.
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