The 42nd Abu Gosh Vocal Music Festival will present a variety of music and styles, from Morley Pergolesi, to Bach and Händel, from Romantic music to Slavic songs, Villa-Lobos, music of Leonard Bernstein, Nat King Cole, Joan Baez and Paul Simon as well as a work of Israeli composer Eyal Batt. Here is a brief outline of some works early music aficionados might want to hear. Concert no.3, performed by the Ramat Gan Choir, conducted by Hannah Tzur, will include works by Pergolesi. Concert no.12 “I Saw a Bird of Infinite Beauty- On the Wings of Poetry” will feature the Melzer Consort – Michael and Yael Melzer and Ezer Melzer – and soprano Ye’ela Avital. Their program will include works of English composers Thomas Morley, Richard Nicholson and John Bennet. The Israeli Vocal Ensemble (music director Yuval Benozer) joined by Ye’ela Avital will present works of Händel, Bach and Corelli in Concert no.5. The festival’s visiting choir – the very fine Nederlands Kammerchor (conductor Risto Joost) - will include Bach’s Cantata no.4 in Concert no.6. Concert no.10, featuring the Tel Aviv Chamber Choir (conductor Michael Shani) and the Barrocade Ensemble will include Pergolesi’s “Magnificat”. The festival will sign out with the Upper Galilee Choir (conductor Ron Zarhi) and soloists in Händel’s “Messiah” (Concert no.11).
Folk songs mostly have early origins and there will be plenty of those to hear in the various concerts throughout the five days of the festival.