The Sounding Jerusalem Festival 2018

August 21th to August 28th, 2018

Humanistic Instinct

Between the 21th and 28th of August 2018 several concerts
took place in and around Jerusalem.

The Sounding Jerusalem Festival 2018 invited to reflect on limited and unlimited perspectives, options, chances and opportunities life provides us with.

Gallery

Photos copyright by Christian Jungwirth / bigshot

Media

Videoreport of Sounding Jerusalem Festival 2018
with interview with Erich Oskar Huetter

Radio Report of Sounding Jerusalem Festival
with interview with Erich Oskar Huetter

Report of Sounding Jerusalem Festival
with interview with Erich Oskar Huetter

Program 2018

Tuesday, 21st August 2018, 8 pm

Poet Acts

The Sounding Jerusalem festival opens with splendid fireworks of sound and colour. Classical masterpieces by Mozart and Haydn call for a unique instrumentation, presenting a magical wealth of timbre, without, however, steering from the compositional ideal. The irrevocable precision of the language of sound by Philip Glass opens up space for oscillating colour, poetry and emotions that are brightly brought to life through the art of contemporary Austrian folk music. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Grand Trio for flute, cello and guitar; Joseph Haydn: Cassation for flute, cello and guitar; Philip Glass: ‘Einstein on the Beach’ for guitar solo, ‘Façades’ for flute and guitar, ‘The Poet Acts’ for cello and guitar; Contemporary Austrian Folk Music Aniada A Noar, trio (Austria) Vanessa Latzko, flute (Germany) Armin Egger, guitar (Austria) Erich Oskar Huetter, cello (Austria)  

2 hrs

Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Courtyard (Old City)

Tuesday, 21st August 2018, 8 pm

Wednesday, 22nd August, 2018 8 pm

Magic on 6 strings

The renowned Austrian artist Armin Egger presents a magical display of sparkling masterpieces for guitar solo. A magnificent night for an intimate artistic encounter on a highly inspiring journey to the delicate art of dedication. Melodies that have touched people for many centuries are tenderly glamorized on a stage for one man and six strings. Johann Sebastian Bach; Fernando Sor: Variations on a theme by Mozart; Ferdinand Rebay: Variations on Brahm’s Lullaby; Julian Arcas: Fantasy on ‘La Traviata’; Agustín Barrios; Francisco Tárrega Armin Egger, guitar (Austria)  

2 hrs

École Biblique et Archéologique (Jerusalem)

Wednesday, 22nd August, 2018 8 pm

Thursday, 23rd August, 2018 8 pm

Roller Coaster Ride

The electrifying Galatea Quartet celebrates its premiere with a roller coaster ride of sounding emotions: Mendelssohn reveals the energy and blazing fire that burns along a journey of the passionate spectrum of human emotions, creating an interplay that fires sparks between the intensity of the tango and the romantic soundscape by the Swiss composer Ernest Bloch. ‘Tango can be the air, life, love or mourning. Tango is everything‘. (Carlos Matheos) Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: String Quartet op. 13; Ernest Bloch: Prélude, Night, Landscapes; Tango Galatea Quartet, string quartet (Switzerland)  

2 hrs

Courtyard of Magnificat Institute of Music (Old City)

Thursday, 23rd August, 2018 8 pm

Friday, 24th August, 2018 5:30 am

The Sunrise Concert: Light

Every new morning brings the hope of a new day. With one of the most beautiful views from the very heart of the Old City, a pure musical dramaturgy accompanies the unique and magical moment between the clearing silence of the night and the joyful awakening out of darkness. With all of its slumbering colours, sounds and scents, Jerusalem is gently awoken in the golden dawn with an ode to life. Aniada A Noar, ensemble for contemporary Austrian folk music (Austria) Stefan Heckel, accordion (Austria) Erich Oskar Huetter, cello (Austria) Meeting point: Lutheran Guesthouse St. Mark’s Road (Old City)  

2 hrs

Terrace in front of the Lutheran Guesthouse St. Mark’s Road (Old City)

Friday, 24th August, 2018 5:30 am

Friday, 24th August, 2018 8 pm

Melánge oriental: the anniversary

Ten years ago, a creative journey through the cobblestone roads of Jerusalem began that found its way to the people living there in this melting pot, holding an overwhelming history, where in the pulsating tangle of voices, signals and tones, boundaries appeared to rise as quickly as they dispersed. Artists from many different origins and roots grasp acoustic and optical elements in the narrow, lively backstreets of Jerusalem’s Old City, weaving them into a euphonious fantasy above the eternal city, in view of a heterogeneous past, present and future. The promenade that passes through the Jewish, Christian, Armenian and Muslim quarter resonates magical spiritual, traditional and everyday sounds. Stefano Bagliano, recorder (Italy) Erich Oskar Huetter, cello (Austria) Stefan Heckel, accordion (Austria) Galatea Quartet, string quartet Switzerland) Chen Zimbalista, percussion (Israel) Christian Jungwirth, visuals (Austria)    

2 hrs

Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Courtyard (Old City)

Friday, 24th August, 2018 8 pm

Saturday, 25th August, 2018 8 pm

Man in the Mirror

Music reflects the life of people in their times. The musical language of old masterpieces tells us stories about life in a time that appears to be long-gone. And yet… when one listens carefully with an open heart…. it appears as if these stories never lost any of their meaning. Man remains man, with all of his facets, even if language and forms of expression change over the course of the ages. A night to enjoy contemplative, searching, mischievous and upbeat music for eternity. Georg Philipp Telemann; Johann Sebastian Bach; Antonio Vivaldi: Suites, Sonatas & Concerti Stefano Bagliano, recorder (Italy) Sarah Kilchenmann, violin (Switzerland) Erich Oskar Huetter, cello (Austria)    

2 hrs

Paulushaus (Jerusalem)

Saturday, 25th August, 2018 8 pm

Sunday, 26th August, 2018 7 pm !!

Freedom of thought

Performing together with the festival’s artists, young students of the Magnificat Institute of Music share their passionate talents with the audience, creating a sparkling evening full of spirited musical dynamics. The concert presents the result of a musical co-operation and mutual search for creative answers from various perspectives.

Young artists of the Magnificat Institute of Music in the Old City
Galatea Quartet, string quartet (Switzerland)
 

2 hrs

St. Anne Church (Jerusalem)

Sunday, 26th August, 2018 7 pm !!

Monday, 27th August, 2018 8 pm

Idealism

Two controversial ensembles enter into an acoustic interplay with a unique and inspiring location, in search of the ideal soundscape. Dvořák’s compositional masterpiece unites orchestral resonance that aspires to the heavens, enchanting simple melodies of Eastern European folk music that stem right from the middle of the lives of the people. Choral formations of wind instruments postulate fanfares that rise from history and enter the rhythmic pulsing of the times. Antonín Dvořák: String Sextet in A major op. 48; Music for Brass quintet and percussion Grazissimo, brass quintet (Austria) Berny Richter, percussion (Austria) Galatea Quartet, string quartet (Switzerland) Tali Kravitz, viola (Israel) Erich Oskar Huetter, cello (Austria) Rainer Auerbach, trumpet (Germany)  

2 hrs

Dormition Abbey (Jerusalem)

Monday, 27th August, 2018 8 pm

Tuesday, 28th August, 2018 8 pm

The Rooftop Concert: a Vision in the Air

A stunning artistic dialogue of brass ensembles full of musical surprises up in the evening sky creates a visionary message of humanity and the most wonderful symphony of solidarity. Questions, answers and the search for a communal expression from various different positions, leads to a united fortissimo of the power of music springing right from the centre of the heart. Early music as well as music from the Alps for brass ensembles and brass orchestra Artistic direction: Rainer Auerbach, trumpet (Germany) Local and European brass music ensembles Meeting point: Lutheran Guesthouse St. Mark’s Road (Old City) Finale: Courtyard of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer  

2 hrs

Lutheran Church of the Redeemer and surrounding rooftop terraces (Old City)

Tuesday, 28th August, 2018 8 pm

Supporters & Partners

We cordially thank all our supporters and especially the ones below.