Contemporary Music from Israel:
A festival of music by living Israeli composers


Monday, April 17, 2023 to Sunday, April 23, 2023


Sponsored by the Provost's Global Forum 2023, this week-long festival presents a unique collaboration between the University of Iowa and the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. Events will take place in the Voxman School of Music, all free and open to the public.

meitar ensemble

The festival will feature the Meitar Ensemble, a professional group of musicians dedicated to contemporary music of living composers and based at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance (JAMD). Hosted by the Center for New Music (CNM), the series of performances will feature 32 new and recent compositions performed by the Meitar, Terdarim (a student-led group at JAMD) and UI ensembles. These works were curated by Amit Dolberg, director of Meitar, and represent the most salient and compelling new voices from well-known and established composers living and working in Israel. Many composers will be in attendance, and there will be opportunities to meet them through seminar presentations scheduled throughout the week. The festival will culminate with performances by UIs large ensembles on Sunday evening. 


This festival is made possible through the generous support and contributions from the Stanley-University of Iowa Foundation Support OrganizationUI International Programs, Hancher Auditorium, the UI School of Music, the University of Iowa String Quartet Residency, the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, Kay and Mace Braverman, the Hank Feir Fundthe UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest, and a UI Arts and Humanities Initiative (AHI) Major Conference Grant.


Schedule of Events

list of musicians in concert order and alphabetically
Iowa City Press Citizen article
The Gazette article
The Daily Iowan

Monday, April 17, 12-1.30p - Recital Hall Masterclass: UI String Quartet residency Program, with the Meitar Ensemble
Monday, April 17 @ 3.30-5.30p - Room 3409 Composition Seminar: Que Sais-Je? - Remembering Yehuda Elkana, by Amos Elkana, & Osnat Netzer
Monday, April 17 @ 5.30p - Recital Hall WorldCanvass Program, hosted by Joan Kjaer. Pre-show reception in lobby at 5pm
Tuesday, April 18 @7.30p - Concert Hall Concert 1 Holocaust memorial concert, featuring the Meitar ensemble performing Que Sais-Je? by Amos Elkana
Wed, April 19 @ 3.30-5:30p - Room 3403 Composition Seminar: Amnon Wolman & Yinam Leef
Thursday, April 20 @ 7.30p - Concert Hall Concert 2 Tedarim Ensemble. Works by Abram, Maayani, Ran, Wolman & Odeh-Tamimi
Friday, April 21 @ 3.30-5.30p - Room 3409 Composition Seminar:  Sivan Cohen Elias & Uri Kochavi
Friday, April 21 @ 7.30p - Concert Hall Concert 3 UI Johnson County Landmark, Damani Phillips, director, with guest Arnon Palty
Saturday, April 22 @ 1.00p - Concert Hall Concert 4 Chamber Music. Music by Volniansky, Olivero, Perlman, Permont & Wolpe
Saturday, April 22 @ 3.30p - Concert Hall Concert 5 Meitar Ensemble and electronics. Works by Kochavi, Cohen Elias, Pelz, Paz & Amar
Saturday, April 22 @ 7.30p - Concert Hall Concert 6 Meitar Ensemble. Works by Barash, Cohen Elias, Curiel, Czernowin, Cojocaru & Seroussi
Sunday, April 23 @ 1.00p - Concert Hall Concert 7 CNM Ensemble. Works by Ben-Shabetai, Zehavi, Ben Moshe & Cohen
Sunday, April 23 @ 3.30p - Concert Hall Concert 8 CNM Ensemble. Works by Leef, Bardanashvili, Netzer & Adler
Sunday, April 23 @ 7.30p - Concert Hall Concert 9 CNM, UI Symphony Band, and UI Symphony Orchestra. Works by Weiner, Frenkel & Klartag