A cross between chilling crime drama and Baroque opera, Jack Unterweger (played by Malkovich), mysteriously returns back from the grave for an autobiographical book tour. Unterweger oozes disconcerting charm, as he narrates his sordid and shocking history. Each chapter concludes with an aria from Gluck, Mozart, Haydn, Vivaldi, Beethoven, Boccherini and Weber, sung live by stunning sopranos—all too tempting prospects for Unterweger’s bloodlust. The production was first raised in 2009 in Vienna and has since been performed on the most important stages and festivals in the world, gaining great success and admiring reviews: „Hollywood star John Malkovich excels as serial killer Jack Unterweger in Vienna’s Ronacher Theater. A melodicride to hell with humour and irony.“ Die Presse
The eighth festival will host, as it does every year, a long line up of the most wonderful and sought-after musicians in the classical music world, for a series of chamber concerts, orchestral concerts, world music performances and more, and together with the unique Eilat scenery of the red sea from one side and the red mountains from the other, the festival, will be an exceptional cultural experience.
Additional highlights of the festival will include:
• The Baroque Orchestra Wiener Akademie, in an orchestral concert including music by Mozart, as well as cello concerto by CPE Bach, performed by the renowned Japanese cellist Hidemi Suzuki, who specializes in period performances.
• The violinist Valeriy Sokolov, who captured the European stages and is regularly invited to perform with the most important orchestras and conductors in the world, will return to Eilat Festival, after last year's great success, and will play chamber music by Bach, Beethoven and Chausson.
• The well loved Doric String Quartet will arrive from London and will join pianist Alexander Melnikov for the performance of the piano quintet by Brahms. The quartet will collaborate with violinist Valeriy Sokolov and pianist Igor Tchetuev and will also give a solo recital with music by Haydn, Schumann and Schubert.
• Homage to Gueseppe Verdi – Eilat Festival celebrates the 200 year anniversary of the birth of Verdi in a special concert featuring the solo oboe player of the Rome Opera House, Gianfranco Bortolato and soprano Claire Meghnagi (Israel/Italy)
• Salamandrum percussion duo, Tomer Yariv (formerly PercaDu) and Gilad Dobrecky, will give the premiere of their new programme Voyages – a music project of rhythms, musical colours and melodies from different cultures, with a focus on different kinds of voyages: geographical, spiritual, historical and cultural. The programme draws its inspiration from medieval Moroccan music, Persian music, Jewish prayers, traditional African tunes, Middle Eastern rhythms, American Funk and futuristic space music.
• German Brass Ensemble, comprised of 10 of the finest brass players in Germany who serve as principal players in leading German orchestras, will come for the first time to Israel. The ensemble offers varied and surprising programmes in brilliant virtuoso performances. The programmes will include rearrangements for music by Bach, Mozart, Verdi and others, alongside Dixieland, Bosa Nova, world music, modern music, Baroque and other styles.
• The Russian pianist Igor Tchetuev, who enjoys a successful career worldwide, both as a soloist with orchestras and as a chamber musician, will give a recital with the finest piano repertoire of Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt.
• Eilat Festival is proud to host this year the pianist Arie Vardi who will give a concert/lecture that will portray Chopin's Mazurkas from various aspects.
• Other star soloists of the festival will include: the violinist Mikhail Ganvard – soloist and artistic director of the St. Petersburg Soloists; pianist Oxana Yablonskaya, cellist Leonid Gorokhov; violinist Ani Shnarch; and the young ensemble "The Virtuosos of Yakutia"
Eilat Chamber Music Festival will take place over one week that will include 13 concerts. Students and young musicians will arrive from all corners of the world to study in master classes with the festival's soloists and to perform in chamber concerts, including a special concert at the Dolphin Reef.
Dan Hotels-Israel will give sponsorship to the Eilat Chamber Music Festival for the first time, as a continuation of its strategy that aims at offering an all inclusive experience of accommodation and services that provide an added value to a holiday at the Dan Hotel. The festival will be hosted at the Dan Hotel: all concerts will take place at the Dan Eilat at the Tarshish Hall (chamber concerts) and at the BIG Blue Hall (orchestral concerts). Master-classes will take place at the Dan hotels in Eilat. Following the opening concert, Dan Eilat Hotel will hold a reception at the hotel parlor at the 18th floor, for the concerts' participants and other distinguished guests that will be invited to the event, at the presence of the festival's guest of honour, John Malkovich.
In addition, Israir will collaborate this year with the Eilat Chamber Music Festival, as a natural and inseparable part of extending the cultural activities of Israir during 2013.
For guests from abroad - Packages, accommodation and transportation services including tickets to the concerts will be available online via
festival website: www.eilat-festival.co.il
Founder, music and general director: Leonid Rozenberg
Production management: 2BVibes
PR: Carousel Artists Management
Eilat Chamber Music Festival owes its existence to the support of the Eilat Municipality, Austrian Cultural Forum, Italian Cultural Institute, Arnika Foundation, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the hotels union and Hapoalim Bank.
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