There was nothing festival- like in the Israel Festival’s opening of its classical music events at the Eden-Tamir Music Center in Ein Kerem.
Chamber music is more than welcome, of course, every day of the year. In fact, it is performed every Friday and Saturday throughout the year at the Eden-Tamir Center – festival or not. All the Israel Festival did was swallow up the regular programs of Eden-Tamir and adopt them into its own. This procedure seems to be a sort of alibi, to divert attention from the almost total absence of real classical music in this year’s Festival program, due to its narrow-minded obsession with contemporary or modernist music.