Just a few days before the coronavirus pandemic broke out and Israel shut down from the outside world, the EUFSC successfully managed to organize Classic Winds International Competition alongside Wandering Music Stars 2020 Festival. Two years later, the festival returns to Israel with a series that comprise 4 concerts, 2 taking place in Tel Aviv at Charles R. Bronfman Auditorium and 2 taking place in Jerusalem at the Henry Crown Symphony Hall in Jerusalem Theatre. Alexey Shor will serve as composer-in-residence for this 3rd edition.
The opening evening on Tuesday, May 10th will feature a Queen Elisabeth Competition winner, Belgium pianist Denis Kozhukhin performing together with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of talented Armenian conductor Sergey Smbatyan performing a beautiful program – Puccini's Manon Lescaut Overture, A. Shor's Piano Concerto From My Bookshelf and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5.
On 12 May, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra will perform on stage once again but with different musicians. American violinist, Queen Elisabeth Competition winner Stella Chen under the baton of a famous conductor and cellist, professor at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music Dmitry Yablonsky will perform Alexey Shor's Violin Concerto, then the Orchestra will proceed to perform Ludwig van Beethoven - Leonore Overture No. 3 and Symphonie fantastique by Hector Berlioz.
The Festival will then move to Jerusalem. On 21 May Hungarian classical violinist, laureate of Queen Elisabeth Competition Kristóf Baráti will perform together with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Dmitry Yablonsky works by famous European composers. On 22 May, JPO under the baton of Dmitry Yablonsky together with one of today's prominent virtuosos, a professor at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Israelian cellist Hillel Zori will close the Festival with a program consisting of “creme de la creme'' compositions of the classical music world.
For more information and tickets you can check the official websites of the venues.