On Tuesday, 15.8.17, Tel Hai International Piano Masterclasses presented a special concert for the members of “Ruakh Midbar”, the nearby rehabilitational facility for drugs- and alcohol-addicts. Such concerts are becoming an annual tradition, this being the third concert dedicated to the “Ruakh Midbar” people.
The event took place in the Interdisciplinary Center at the Midreshet Ben Gurion campus.
Two chamber-music ensembles with the residing Masterclasses instructors, violinist Vera Vaidman and cellist Diana Cahanescu, including the students Eunbi Song and Meshi Ohana, joined four piano duos: the twin sisters Clara and Marie Becker of Germany, Olga and Ksenia Kemova of Russia, Bartos Kaolaczewski and Wojciech Szymczewski of Poland, and Igor Sedyuk and Oleg Kopelyuk of Ukraine.
The atmosphere was moving from the first moment, and the audience proved extremely attentive during the entire eighty-minute event.
The warm and human responses from the audience brought the organizers and performers to a new sensation of involvement. The give-and-take between the performers and listeners was a unique experience.
Musical offerings included the classical Haydn (trio) and turbulent Schumann (the violin sonata in A minor), the familiar folk music of Brahms Hungarian dances no. 1, 2 & 5, the ever popular Waltzes from the ballets by Tchaikovsky, enchanting Children Games by Bizet, concluding with the jazzy Gershwin Prelude no. 3 (Marie and Clara) and the composer’s “I Got Rhythm” – played by Yoni Farhi -- all of which met with keen curiosity and enthusiasm of the audience.
The noon concert left performers with the sense of delivery and hope that some help – little as it may be – had been provided in the healing process of the listeners.
We thank Dana Meir for bringing the special and engaging group of "Ruakh Midbar" to us, and look forward to the continuing this important project next year.