Mizmorin Chamber Music Festival — From Jewish Life
Established and founded in 2015 by Michal Lewkowicz, the Mizmorim Kammermusik Festival is a multi-day classical chamber music event celebrating the diverse encounters between Jewish music and Western art music. Every year in January, renowned artists from Switzerland and all over the world come together in Basel to present works from different epochs on a specific topic. The programs and artists take the audience on a varied journey, discovering unknown works and new perspectives on the classics.
For its the ninth edition, the Mizmorim Chamber Music Festival follows the life stages of Theodor Herzl (1860-1904) and his "Blue-White Project." In 12 concerts and a panel discussion, musical works will be brought into relation to the tension between utopia and the reality of Zionism. With his essay “Der Judenstaat” (The Jewish State), which was published in 1896, and the Zionist Congress held for the first time in Basel in 1897, Herzl not only provided the theoretical and practical foundations for the movement for a Jewish national state, but also attached great importance to music.
On this evening, Ilya Gringolts (violin), Nicolas Altstaedt (violoncello), and Alexander Lonquich (piano) will play the Piano Trio in G major by Claude Debussy and the Piano Trio in D major op. 1 by Erich Wolfgang Korngold. In addition, they will perform piano pieces by Stefan Wolpe (Swiss premiere); the Duo for Violin and Violoncello, op. 7, by Zoltán Kodály; as well as “From Jewish Life” for violoncello and piano and the movement Nigun from “Baal Shem” for violin and piano by Ernest Bloch.
Tickets are CHF 35 for adults, CHF 10 for students, and CHF 24.50 for holders of the Colourkey card.