Mizmorin Chamber Music Festival — Zionist Salon
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, two-time ECHO Award-winning composer and pianist Uri Caine follows his Jewish roots in a program conceived especially for the Mizmorim Festival. Works by Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner, Johann Strauss, Beno Bloch, and others, which were performed in Basel in 1898 during the Second Zionist Congress, serve as a starting point for Caine and his ensemble with Ralph Alessi (trumpet), Hana Gubenko (viola), Lukas Traxel (double bass), and Jim Black (percussion) to give a new voice to the Zionist spirit.
Tickets are CHF 50 for adults and CHF 35 for students.