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January 5, 2005

Israel confirms new State Choir

Jerusalem Post (Israel):

They range in age from 18 to 81. Some are native-born Israelis; others come from as far afield as Scandinavia and Latin America. Some have been in Israel for less than three years. Their occupations are diverse, and they have no central place of residence. But together, they form the 180-member Philharmonia Singers, a group that on Monday, January 3, will be confirmed as Israel's new State Choir, representing the nation at choral events at home and abroad. The confirmation will take place at a festive ceremony at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in the presence of President Moshe Katsav and Education Culture and Sport Minister Limor Livnat.

"The Philharmonia Singers represent an important aspect of Israeli culture," says Katsav. "Israeli society is multi-cultural and a professional choir such as the Philharmonia Singers, whose members come from many cultural backgrounds is representative of the nation as a whole." Katsav is certain that there is a vast audience waiting to hear these voices which have come together in harmony. It is important, he says, that people not only hear the voices but see the singers and their interaction with each other.

"Music is a bridge between worlds, a bridge between people, a bridge between hearts. Hopefuly this bridge will unite us all and spur us to greater appreciation of each other and respect for each other." The choir was founded by Eyal Levy in 1997 as a not-for-profit organization. That doesn't mean no-one gets paid. What is does mean is that there are no regular salaries and singers are paid according to projects. More

Posted by acapnews at January 5, 2005 12:00 AM