Mizmorin Chamber Music Festival — Milk and Honey

Gare du Nord
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Friday, 20 January

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.
For this mid-day concert, Tebila Nini Goldstein (vocals) and Jascha Nemtsov (piano) will interpret a selection of songs by the early pioneers from the so-called “Postcard Project,” Paul Dessau, Darius Milhaud, Ernst Toch, Kurt Weill, and Stefan Wolpe (Swiss premiere). In addition, the Gringolts Quartet will perform a new work by Victor Alexandru Colțea commissioned by the festival (world premiere), as well as the String Quartet No. 3 op. 19 by Alexander von Zemlinsky.
Tickets are CHF 25 for adults, CHF 10 for students, and CHF 17.50 for holders of the Colourkey card.


Gare du Nord
Schwarzwaldallee 200
4058 Basel

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