It was a mixed bag that the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra presented in the Season Opening concert of its Popular Series, conducted by Hen Zimbalista.
Bach and Beethoven were sandwiched with Georgia-born Israeli composer Josef Bardanashvili and Georgian folk songs. The well-meant purpose of this musical cocktail was presumably to attract classical music fans to folk music, and vice versa. The audience, however, made it unmistakably clear where its sympathies lie. It listened patiently and well-behaved to Bach and Beethoven, responding with polite applause. Stormy and enthusiastic applause, on the other hand, rewarded the folk songs and Zimbalista’s marimba solo in Bardanashvili’s Musical Moments, which actually is a concerto for marimba and orchestra.