Itongadol.- The Israel Sinfionetta Beersheba will make history today when it becomes the first Israeli ensemble to perform at the Reichstag in Berlin, home of the German parliament.
The orchestra will share the stage with the Hamburg-based Philharmonie Der Nationen, with Justus Frantz (pictured) on the conductor’s dais.
Frantz founded the German ensemble in 1995 as an international professional orchestra made up of talented young musicians from different countries.
Frantz also serves as artistic director of the Israel Sinfionetta Beersheba which will follow the Berlin date with concerts in Frankfurt, Hamburg and Wuppertal, together with Philharmonie Der Nationen, before returning to Israel with its German counterpart to perform at the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center (October 23), Beersheba Center for the Performing Arts (October 24 and 26), and the Lod Hechal Hatarbut (October 25). The second Beersheba concert will be preceded by a lecture by musicologist Yossi Shiffman.
The repertoire for the concerts takes in a wide range of works, including Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor and Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony No. 4 in A Major, as well as world premieres of Echoes and Instruments by 37-yearold German composer Johannes Motschmann, and Suspended Reality by 33-year-old Israeli composer Gilad Hochman.