Israel culture is as varied as in any well developed country of the world. The areas of visual arts, music, sports, museums and all pertaining to culture are at the level of Europe, Japan or the United States.
Because Israel’s population is a mélange of many cultures, every sector has brought his part and slowly but surely it is now becoming one only culture for the whole country.
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Founded in 1936 as the Palestine Philharmonic Orchestra is has been the National Orchestra since then. After the establishment of the State it became known as The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Its conductor Zubin Mehta, one of the best conductors of the world was born in India, but has been with us for decades. We consider him one of us. The orchestra’s home base is the Frederic Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv.
The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra
The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra was established in the 1940s by the Israel Broadcasting Authority. Its musical director is Leon Botstein and its base is the Henry Crown auditorium of the Jerusalem Theater. All concerts are recorded and broadcast on Israel’s classical music station.
Additional orchestras in Israel include the Haifa Symphony Orchestra, the Ramat Gan Orchestra, the Be'er Sheva Simfonetta, and the Israeli Chamber Orchestra.
Shlomo Artzi is one of the most popular singers in Israel
Israelis have been singing since the early settlers arrived with their melodies from more than 15 countries. It slowly developed into very unique Israeli Music. Today new singers keep appearing on stage and becoming big stars in front of our eyes.
Habima the National Theater of Israel
It consists of various groups of different ethnic origin. The beginners were immigrants from Europe and Russia that created the legacy used today by younger generations of Theater in Hebrew. It is in constant evolution according to the world we live in.
There are several theaters in Israel among them:
Habima is considered the National Theater of Israel. It is located on the heart of Tel Aviv, but the company performs countrywide. Habima presents both classical and contemporary theater. It has been recently renovated at a cost of millions.
The Cameri Theatre Company was founded in 1944 as a local, younger alternative to the “Eastern European” Habimah. It is headquartered in a complex of five auditoriums at the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center. Using all the auditoriums I gives some 1,700 performances a year among palyes, musicals and comedies. We just saw “Fiddler on the Roof” for the third or fourth time in 50 years.
Additional theater companies in Israel include:
Suzanne Dellal Dance Center in Neve Tzedek
The Israel Ballet company performs a rich repertoire of Classical ballet.
It was founded by Bat Sheva De Rothschild in 1960. Today it is located in the Suzanne Dellal Dance Center in Neve Tzedek. Its artistic director Ohad Naharin is considered one of the best choreographers in the world.
It originated in Kibutz Gaaton in the north. This company is choreographed by Rami Beer and stages performances by adults and children. They have been acclaimed all over the world for their superb performance.
Other dance companies
Some dance companies I want to mention are Bat Dor, Inbal, Noa Dar Company and Mayumana.
Performance of the Opera Tosca on the slopes of Masada
Opera in Israel
The Israeli Opera at the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center
The Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center offers a variety of artistic activities, including dance performances, classical music and jazz concerts, performances for children; in depth back stage tours, fine arts exhibitions and above all the Israeli Opera productions, which are appreciated by opera professionals all over the world.
The Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center, featuring a state of the arts performance hall, is located in a beautiful building designed by the late Israeli architect Yaacov Rechter, with a modern day foyer designed by renowned Israeli architect Ron Arad, in the center of the exciting cultural hub of the city of Tel Aviv Yafo, the cultural capital of Israel.
The Israeli Opera has established itself as one of the leading international opera houses, featuring leading opera professionals, singers, conductors, directors and designers. It co-produces its major productions with some of the major opera houses around the world.
Since its inauguration 23 years ago, the Israeli Opera initiates a vast education and outreach program all around Israel, in order to expose new and different audiences to the magical world of opera and to make opera accessible to as wide an audience as possible.
Painting by Leonid Afrenov
The art scene in Israel had its beginnings in the early part of the 20th century when the rebirth of a Jewish state in the Land of Israel was beginning to take shape.
In 1906 sculptor Boris Schatz established Israel’s leading school of art in Jerusalem, Betzalel Academy of Art and Design. It was named for Betzalel Ben Uri, the first artist mentioned in the Bible.
Betzalel underwent numerous changes until it became the leading academy for art and design and moved to its present Jerusalem location on the Mount Scopus campus of the Hebrew University.
Israel Museum in Jerusalem is the jewel on the crown of Israel Museums
Museums in Israel
Israel has more museums per capita than any other country in the world. About 200 museums exist in all parts of the country, including the major cities and towns and also in Kibbutzim and Moshavim.
Tel Aviv Museum of Art
Tel Aviv Museums
National Museum of Science Technology and Space in Haifa
Ralli Museum in Caesarea
Other Museums outside the major Israeli Cities
Karmiel Dance Festival
Festivals in Israel
There are many Festivals going on in Israel throughout the year. They include children’s theater, string instruments festivals, visual arts, several film festivals and festivals promoting food and drinks.
Israel Culture is so vast that you may think of a big country of 100 million, no we are just 7.5 million with a lot of culture.
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