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 NAZARETH – Sunday, April 2, 2017, on the occasion of Lent, the Ehoud Women’s Chorale presented a concert at the Anglican Church in Nazareth. The concert was a joint initiative of the Anglican Parish Council, the Orpheus Musical Association of Nazareth and the Ehoud (“united”) Chorale, a mixed singers’ ensemble, composed of Jews coming mainly from kibbutz, and some Arabs.  

The Church was filled with classical music lovers and pilgrims. Bishop Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo, closely linked to the Orpheus Association, was also present.

The chorale, composed of thirty singers, is directed by the young chorale director, Ronen Borshivski, who already has an international reputation. Svetlana Kosiatova, pianist, has begun to be a celebrity beyond national borders. As for the young Arab soprano, Nur Darawsheh, and baritone Yacoub Bash, they received thunderous applause.

The program was built entirely around two French composers, Gabriel Fauré and Francis Poulenc. The chorale sang Fauré’s Requiem Mass, a composition in harmony with the season of Lent, and the soloist, Nur Darawsheh, drew the admiration of the public for her rendition of Pie Jesu. The choir also sang the Poulenc’s Gloria, all in an atmosphere as joyful as meditative. Between the two chorale pieces, in a brief relaxed interlude, Nur Darawsheh, showed her versatility by her renditions of “Mandoline” and “After a Dream” by Gabriel Fauré.

The audience left the church still in awe of the quality of the songs but also of the power of music and the demonstration of unity given by the chorale. In Hebrew and Arabic, and even more moving, Muslims and Jews all sang in unison the typically classical Christian liturgical texts, in a church.

By our correspondent in Nazareth.

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