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Announcing the Galilee Chamber Orchestra’s North American Debut Tour!

Announcing the Galilee Chamber Orchestra’s North American Debut Tour!

This December, the Galilee Chamber Orchestra makes its debut in North America! Led by pianist and conductor Saleem Ashkar, the Orchestra brings together Arab and Jewish musicians from throughout Israel, including Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, and Nazareth. Its members include musicians from the Israeli Philharmonic, professional musicians and educators, and 15 of Polyphony’s most advanced Conservatory students, Seminar participants, and Conservatory graduates (between 17 and 26 years old).

The Orchestra’s North American debut will begin in Dallas on Thursday, December 3 and continue in Toronto on December 5 for a performance with pianist Jon Kimura Parke and soprano Miriam Khalil at the Royal Conservatory.  The milestone tour concludes at Carnegie Hall on Monday, December 7 with a performance with renowned lyric soprano and longtime Polyphony supporter, Renée Fleming, as well as celebrated pianist Daniil Trifonov.

Last summer, the Galilee Chamber Orchestra reached a significant milestone with its debut European tour. The ensemble gave four performances in Germany at the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Christuskirche Hannover, the Osnabrück Music Festival, and at the Rheingau Festival. Most recently, the Orchestra participated in Polyphony’s inaugural Liturgical Festival in Nazareth, Israel, a four-day celebration of sacred music in the city’s notable venues. The Festival featured performances from the Galilee Chamber Orchestra, the Collegium Vocale Hannover, the Tel Aviv Collegium Singers, the Israeli Brass Quintet, and the Latin-American Folk Ensemble, as well as several leading Israeli soloists.

We are grateful to the individual contributors, partners, foundations, and collaborators whose passion demonstrates an extraordinary committment to the artistic pursuits of the Galilee Chamber Orchestra and the broader social mission of the Polyphony Foundation. Our most sincere thanks to the board of directors, the Louis L. Borick Foundation, the Russell Berrie Foundation, Carnegie Hall, Temple Emanu-El, our committees in New York and Dallas, and each and every one of our dedicated supporters.

Performance Dates

Dallas, Texas: Thursday, December 3, 2020 @ Temple Emanu-El
Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Saturday, December 5, 2020 @ Royal Conservatory
New York, NY: Monday, December 7, 2020 @ Carnegie Hall, Isaac Stern Auditorium

Temple Emanu-El

Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020
Time: tbc
Location: 8500 Hillcrest Road Dallas, Texas 75225
Tickets: Available on Monday, February 10 via this link.

Program
Galilee Chamber Orchestra
Saleem Ashkar, Music Director and Conductor
Special guests to be announced

JOSEPH HAYDN Symphony No. 59 in A Major, “Fire”
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21
Other selections to be announced

Royal Conservatory

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020
Time: tbc
Location: 273 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1V6, Canada
Tickets: Available on Friday, February 21st via the Hall’s box office.

Visit the Royal Conservatory website for more information, to purchase tickets, or to plan your visit.

Program
Galilee Chamber Orchestra
Saleem Ashkar, Music Director and Conductor
Miriam Khalil, soprano
Jon Kimura Parker, piano

JOSEPH HAYDN Symphony No. 59 in A Major, “Fire”
DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 35
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21
Selected arias

Carnegie Hall

Date: Monday, December 7, 2020
Time: 8:00 pm
Location: 57th Street and Seventh Avenue, New York City

Tickets will be handled through Carnegie Hall’s box office and will be available according to the following timeline:

Program
Galilee Chamber Orchestra
Saleem Ashkar, Music Director and Conductor
Renée Fleming, Soprano
Daniil Trifonov, Piano

JOSEPH HAYDN Symphony No. 59 in A Major, “Fire”
DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 35
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21
Selected arias


Group Tickets
: A limited number of tickets are reserved under the Polyphony Foundation and will become available for individual sale beginning in August through Carnegie Hall. They will be held until that time. Please note that as tickets are handled by Carnegie, we cannot guarantee any particular seat availability. If you would like to be part of the Polyphony group reservation or would like more information, click here.

Visit Carnegie Hall’s website for more information, to plan your visit, and purchase tickets.

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