On April 27, a special concert of “The IPO for Kids” series took place featuring the harp or, to be more precise, 53 harps – filling the stage to the brim! The performance was presided over by Israeli personality Tal Mosari and showcased the beautiful instrument in all its glory.
The event featured the world premiere performance of Tali Gelzer’s work Water in which two soloists, Tali Gelzer and Marina Geneshin, displayed the ability of the harp to imitate the sound of water. There was also a solo by the orchestra’s principal harpist, Julia Rovinsky, accompanied by the Israel Philharmonic under the baton of Eyal Ein-Habar.
Other performances included the young duo, Noa Gabai and Tomer Amrani, playing Mozart’s Concerto for Harp and Flute. Daniel Manor and Vladimir Cherepovsky, members of the Irish harp ensemble, and Sunita Staneslow also contributed folk sounds from Ireland.
The highlight of the day was when all 53 harpists filled the stage and played, to the accompaniment of the orchestra, a movement from Handel’s Concerto for Harp and Orchestra. The musicians ranged from eight-year-old students to professionals from various orchestras. There were several students from the Sulamot Music for Social Change program, some of whom are blind or visually-impaired.
We are sure that the enchanting sound of the harp will remain for a long time in the heads of the children – many of whom had experimented playing the instrument during a pre-concert activity that took place in the lobby.