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All artists who have participated in this project so far, whether from Israel, Palestine, Austria or other European countries, have through their inspiration and involvement already made so much possible over the years, as part of a joint move towards a better understanding of music and culture, but also towards a greater openness in thoughts and feelings. We have built some bridges already, pointing in all directions; and we will gladly continue building more in the years to come.

However, it is only together that we are creating utopias. 15 years of encounters and artistic dialogues in the Old City of Jerusalem. 15 years during which many wonderfully deep friendships sprang up and blossomed!

This year we have to explore new paths, though. It is not possible to celebrate our festival in your city this time, but we will be with you, our audience, in our thoughts and through our music. With cordial regards from my hometown Graz to Jerusalem and its people who have become such an important and cherished part of me over all these years.

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Between 20 - 27 August 2019 several concerts
take place in and around Jerusalem.

The Sounding Jerusalem Festival 2019 invites to reflect on limited and unlimited perspectives, options, chances and opportunities life provides us with.

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Sounding Jerusalem is an European Chamber Music project produced at the top artistic quality, which surrounding the Austrian EU Council Presidency, was realized for the first time in the summer of 2006 in Jerusalem. Since then, the festival brought song through the Old City of Jerusalem six times already.

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Impulse music festival

Founded, developed and led by Austrian cellist Erich Oskar Huetter, Sounding Jerusalem is a music festival for all people living in Jerusalem and the region around, irrespective of their ethnic, social and religious affiliation.

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Intercultural dialogue

The aim of this concert series is to promote electrifying classical as well as innovative chamber music in inspiring surroundings as well as fostering intercultural dialogue that contributes towards the meeting, interaction and respectful communication between people from Europe and the Middle East.

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Exchange and discussions

Accompanied by internationally renowned European and local artists, extraordinary venues mainly in the Old City of Jerusalem are brought to life as concert halls which contribute towards a respectful, stimulating and communicative atmosphere being inevitable.

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Workshops and seminars for young musicians are organized in cooperation with local institutions fostering high level artistic impulses and intercultural stimulation. Furthermore, young students of local music schools are actively incorporated into artistic activities, working and performing together with the festival’s international artists.

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The festival’s setting is giving space for meetings, exchange and discussions between the musicians and the audience. Everybody is invited to join talks and to reflect on the performance.

Admission to all concerts in the Old City of Jerusalem is free according to the venue’s capacities. Donations for the music that help the festival running are very much welcome. Please note that in advance ticket reservation is only possible for donors.

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Program 2019

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20th August, 2019 8 pm


The Sounding Jerusalem Festival opens with splendid fireworks of classical masterpieces by Mozart and Mendelssohn and touching, energetic compositions by Bruch and Yusupov. WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART | Ouverture from the opera „Le Nozze di Figaro“ ERNEST BLOCH | Prayer for cello solo and string orchestra BENJAMIN YUSUPOV | Con Moto, two moments for Marimba/percussion and string orchestra MAX BRUCH | Kol Nidrei for cello solo and string orchestra FELIX MENDELSSOHN BARTO LDY | String Octet op. 20   OERTON STRING OCTET | (Austria) CHEN ZIMBALISTA | percussion/marimba (Israel) ERICH OSKAR HUETTER | cello (Austria)   > MAKE A RESERVATION (you can reserve your fixed seat for a donation of min. 40 Shekels per seat)

2 hrs

Lutheran Church of the Redeemer (Old City)

20th August, 2019 8 pm

21st August, 2019 8 pm


Spanish flair, South American attitude towards life and the classic Austrian art of lied as wonderful contrasting blend. LUIGI BOCCHERINI | Quintet for guitar and string quartet no. 4 in D major, G 448 FRANZ SCHUBERT | Die Forelle, Leiermann, Erlkönig arrangements for string octet ASTOR PIAZZOLLA | Fuga y Misterio, Oblivion, Libertango arrangements for string octet   ARMIN EGGER | guitar (Austria) MEMBERS OF OBERTON STRING OCTET | (Austria)   > MAKE A RESERVATION (you can reserve your fixed seat for a donation of min. 40 Shekels per seat)

2 hrs

Courtyard of Magnificat Institute of Music (Old City)

21st August, 2019 8 pm

22nd August, 2019 8 pm


In the historic Abbey of the Dormition instrumental artistry and gentle interpretation delicately fuse with the spiritual aura of the place offering the perfect setting for a superb soiree accompanied by the immortal greats of chamber music. FAURÉ | DEFALLA | SAINT- SAËNS | VIVALDI RODRIGO | GLASS | SCHUBERT   ERICH OSKAR HUETTER | cello (Austria) ARMIN EGGER | guitar (Austria) CHRISTIAN JUNGWIRTH | visuals (Austria)   > MAKE A RESERVATION (you can reserve your fixed seat for a donation of min. 40 Shekels per seat)

2 hrs

Dormition Abbey

22nd August, 2019 8 pm

23rd August, 2019 8 pm


Four artistic figures standing on their own meet at the chapel of the Maronite Convent: An intimate exchange with the soul of a musician. FRITZ KREISLER | Recitativo and Scherzo-Caprice for violin solo JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH | Suite in G major for cello solo PHILIP GLASS | Songs and Poems for cello solo GEORG PHILIPP TELEMANN | Fantasien for viola solo JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH | Prelude, Fugue and Allegro, BWV 998 for guitar solo   YEVGENY CHEPOVETSKY | violin (Latvia) FIRMIAN LERMER | viola (Austria/Germany) ERICH OSKAR HUETTER | cello (Austria) ARMIN EGGER | guitar (Austria)   > MAKE A RESERVATION (you can reserve your fixed seat for a donation of min. 40 Shekels per seat)

2 hrs

Maronite Convent Chapel (Old City)

23rd August, 2019 8 pm

24th August, 2019 7 pm


S. Bach’s work for eternity in a classical arrangement for string trio – this time, taking a time- jump to the present! A jazz trio engages in a dialogue to enhance the conventional harmonious structuresof the 30 variations with the structures of jazz. JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH | 30 Variations on the theme Aria „Goldberg-Variationen“ MUSIC BY PATRICK DUNST   ESZTER HAFFNER | violin (Austria) FIRMIAN LERMER | viola (Austria/Germany) ERICH OSKAR HUETTER | cello (Austria) PATRICK DUNST | saxophon (Austria) GRILLY PO LLHEIMER | percussion (Austria) VIOLA HAMMER | keyboard (Austria)   > MAKE A RESERVATION (you can reserve your fixed seat for a donation of min. 40 Shekels per seat)

2 hrs


24th August, 2019 7 pm

25th August, 2019 12:30 pm


Contemporary jazz with original compositions by Patrick Dust and his splendid trio. A sophisticated lunch after noon. PATRICK DUNST | saxophon (Austria) GRILLY POLLHEIMER | percussion (Austria) VIOLA HAMMER | keyboard (Austria)   > MAKE A RESERVATION (you can reserve your fixed seat for a donation of min. 40 Shekels per seat)

2 hrs

Lutheran Church of the Redeemer (Old City)

25th August, 2019 12:30 pm

25th August, 2019 8 pm


A dignifying homage to the great Viennese composers of the 18th and 19th century. FRANZ SCHUBERT | String Trio WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART | Duo for violin and viola LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN | Trio in G major for violin, viola and cello   ESZTER HAFFNER| violin (Austria) FIRMIAN LERMER | viola (Austria/Germany) ERICH OSKAR HUETTER | cello (Austria)   > MAKE A RESERVATION (you can reserve your fixed seat for a donation of min. 40 Shekels per seat)  

2 hrs

Syrian Orthodox Church (Old City)

25th August, 2019 8 pm

26th August, 2019 7 pm


After a week of intensive preparations and cooperation with teaching professional musicians and young ambition students of the Magnificat Institute – Music School of the Custody of the Holy Land, the festival culminates in a joint performance with masterpieces of the music literature. OBERTON STRING OCTET | (Austria) RAINER AUERBACH | trumpet (Germany) CHRISTIAN JUNGWIRTH | visuals (Austria)   > MAKE A RESERVATION (you can reserve your fixed seat for a donation of min. 40 Shekels per seat)  

2 hrs

St. Anne Church (Old City)

26th August, 2019 7 pm

27th August, 2019 8 pm


Sounding Jerusalem has been given a signature tune. A jingle that was already executed at the opening concert and that has been presented in the most diverse arrangements since then. A theme representing an allegory of the different faces we all have. Carnival of animals – a melody that has fascinated young and old all along, marks the glorious end of our festival. CAMILLE SAINT- SAËNS | Carneval of Animals MUSIC BY PATRICK DUNST   OBERTON STRING OCTET (Austria) ERICH OSKAR HUETTER | cello (Austria) PATRICK DUNST | saxophon (Austria) GRILLY POLLHEIMER | percussion (Austria) VIOLA HAMMER | keyboard (Austria) RAINER AUERBACH | trumpet (Germany) LOCAL BRASS MUSICIANS   > MAKE A RESERVATION  (you can reserve your fixed seat for a donation of min. 40 Shekels per seat)  

2 hrs

Lutheran Church of the Redeemer and surrounding Rooftop Terraces (Old City)

27th August, 2019 8 pm
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Artists of the Sounding Jerusalem Festival

Together with the audience our artists will turn the Old City of Jerusalem – the heart of the festival – into a sparkling melting pot of music without limits.


Grilli Pollheimer



Armin Egger



Stefan Heckel



Erich Oskar Huetter

cello & artistic direction


Christian Jungwirth



Artis Quartet



Marwan Abado



Shira Karmon



David Luidold



Stadtmusikkapelle Liezen

City Music Band

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Erich Oskar Huetter

director[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]The Austrian cellist Erich Oskar Huetter has established a successful worldwide career as a soloist and chamber music performer. He is a member of Hyperion Ensemble, a classical string sextet and the Arcus Ensemble Vienna. In recitals he regulary performs with the Viennese pianist Paul Gulda. As founder of the social-cultural initiative M.MUS.E – Austrian Music Encounter he creates and directs projects such as “haus.kultur – Die Steirischen Nachbarschaftskonzerte” (contemporary neighbourhood concerts in the Austrian province of Styria) as well as a music project in Zimbabwe and South Africa. Erich Oskar Huetter is co-founder of the renowned “Styrian Chamber Music Festival” and the festival “Sounding Jerusalem” in the Old City of Jerusalem. “Sounding Jerusalem” presents an Europeen chamber music festival as well as an intercultural platform for young musicians from the Middle East and Europe. Numerous appearances on radio and television as well as CD recordings made him known to a wider public.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height=”40px”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”1397″][vc_column_text]

Tanja Schmid

organisation[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Born in Graz, Austria, Tanja Schmid received her first ballet lessons at the age of 5. Classically trained under the direction of Diana Ungureanu, Tanima graduated from the academy of the renowned Graz Opera. During those years she appeared in numerous productions and performances, such as The Nutcracker and The Magic Flute. Tanja is not only an active dancer, but also a teacher. She recently set out as a pedagogue for free improvisation, dance theatre and classical ballet. Currently Tanja Schmid performed in Italy, South Africa, Angola, Zimbabwe and Kosovo.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height=”40px”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”1176″][vc_column_text]

Manfred Wusser

text[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]After courses of study in journalism and communications in Salzburg and Vienna Manfred Wusser worked several years for daily papers and magazines, mainly as a motorjournalist and economic editor. 2003 he went back to his hometown Graz, Austria, where he is still living and currently working as a freelance journalist and author. In addition to working on some other projects he is regulary involved in Erich Oskar Huetters‘ ‚haus.kultur – Die Steirischen Nachbarschaftkonzerte‘. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height=”40px”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”1004″][vc_column_text]

Anthony Saxton

organisation[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Anthony Saxton opened his first arts & culture club in 1998. In the year 2003 he developed and managed the gastronomical concept for Graz, European Capital of Culture. Since 2007 he has been part of the contemporary festival “Steirischer Herbst” and is responsible for catering services. He is mastermind and manager of the annual festival highlight “herbstbar”.

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Natalie Kerschbaumer

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Magdalena Liebethat

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Working as a mediator  for the important housing developers company “wohnbaugruppe ennstal” in residential compounds, Magdalena Liebethat is a main member of the Austrian “haus.kultur” festival team.

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Contact & ticket reservation

Tickets for the Sounding Jerusalem 2019 are now available!
You can reserve your fixed seat for a donation of min. 40 Shekels per seat.
Contact: tickets@soundingjerusalem.com // +972 53 922 3560

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Supporters & Partners

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