The Messiah Comes to Jerusalem

The Messiah Comes To Jerusalem

Many inhabitants of this holy city are waiting for the Messiah –last night, it finally came, in the form of a concert: The Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra and the NFM Choir performed Handel’s “Messiah” at the YMCA, as part of the orchestra’s “Vocal Fantasy Festival”.

The performance was outstanding; soprano Hadas Faran Asia was especially notable for the passion and beauty with which she hit those high notes. Agnieszka Frankow-Zelazny, the choir’s musical director, credited their uplifting performance in part to a trip they had taken earlier in the day to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, which had given them special inspiration, due to its connection with the story of Jesus, the “Messiah” that Handel’s piece refers to.

Few things are more special than watching a performance inspired by Jerusalem’s unique history; Jerusalem is a city of redemption – so what better place could there be for a performance of Handel’s Messiah, dedicated to the spirit of renewal and revival?

And as always, a few recommendations for the weekend, where Jerusalem’s cultural renewal and revival is in full swing:

Thursday, July 16th, 6:00 pm – Michael Greilsammer and the Jerusalem Street Orchestra at First Station

This free concert is part of the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra’s “Vocal Fantasy Festival” – it’s not often one gets to hear free, high-quality classical music in the city streets.

Thursday, July 13, 8:00 pm – Opening of the Jerusalem International Film Festival at Sultan’s Pool*

Do you like French cinema? Do you like the Old City? Then come take in the French movie, “Redoubtable”, inspired by the biography of Jean-Luc Godard, directly beneath the Old City walls. The film’s director will be present at the screening.

Thursday, July 13th, 9:00 pm –Luna Abu Nasser at the Yellow Submarine*

This Nazareth-born singer performs mostly in Arabic, putting a soulful voice and a modern twist on classic Middle Eastern music traditions –her performance at one of Jerusalem’s premier cultural venues is not to be missed!

Thursday, July 13th, 10:30 pm – Mono-Lingua at Hamazkeka*

Part concert, part dance-party, this event brings the city’s hottest Arabic-music DJs to Hamazkeka for a fun  night.

Friday, July 14th, 12 pm – Birthday Party at Hasandag

Haven’t heard of Hasandag? Well, you’re missing out! This group of talented film-makers have a broad artistic vision, as well as a passion for Jerusalem –and their studio is turning one-year old on Friday! So come, meet the studio founders, and enjoy free food, music, dance film, and beer.

Friday, July 14th, 10 am - Tour of the Ai Wei-Wei Exhibit at the Israel Museum

Ai Wei-Wei is possibly the most famous contemporary Chinese artists. This tour of his exhibit at the Israel Museum examines his work in the context of global trends in contemporary art, as well as his own personal biography.

Saturday, July 15th, 9 pm - The Fire Seminar at Hansen House

Imagine a joint listening session of blues music, in the garden of an abandoned lepers’ hospital, while building a metaphoric fire through the use of oil drums. If that sounds magical, then Salamanca’s Fire Seminar is the right event for you.

*Indicates a project or organization that receives support from the Jerusalem Foundation.