At this time, 50 years of diplomatic relations between Israel and Germany is being celebrated widely. Due to the initiative of renowned German pianist and conductor Justus Franz, the Sinfonietta Beersheba (of which he is the music director) joins forces with the Philharmonic of Nations. On October 15 the joint orchestra performed in Berlin in the building of the Bundestag, the German parliament. It was the first time that an Israeli orchestra performed in that locale. From Berlin, the joint orchestra continued to other German cities.
Between October 23 and 27, the orchestra will perform in Israel. The program features Beethoven’s Egmont Overture ; Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 (with Franz leading the orchestra from the keyboard); Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 ; The Ramon Crater by young Berlin-based Israeli composer Gilad Hochman; and a piece by young German composer Johannes Motschmann.