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International Jazz festival

A festival of jazz lasting four consecutive days with big names from Israel and abroad. Each evening the audience will be invited to listen to the best of jazz music in a variety of styles. After and prior to the shows, free jazz performances will be held as part of the Festival Jazz Club in the lobby of the Jerusalem Theatre and outdoors on the Mamilla-Alrov Pedestrian Mall (free parking).




Joshua Redman Trio

U.S.A.

Joshua Redman Trio
photographer :Michael Wilson


Joshua Redman saxophone Reuben Rogers bass Greg Hutchinson drums and percussion

Joshua Redman is one of the leading tenor-sax players in the world today. After having won first place in the prestigious Thelonius Monk international jazz competition in 1991, Redman began appearing internationally as a soloist with leading jazz musicians, including Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, Bill Frisell, Chick Corea, Jack deJohnette, Branford Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, Brad Mehldau, Herbie Hancock, B.B. King, the Lincoln Centre Jazz Orchestra, and many more. Redman will perform with two jazz greats: bassist Reuben Rogers, who grew up in the Virgin Isles and mixes calypso and African rhythms into his playing, and Eric Harland, two-time nominee for a Grammy award who has toured with Charles Lloyd and Zakir Hussain.

"Joshua Redman seems a class apart for technique, invention and artistry." Evening Standard
"Possessing an endless fund of ideas, effortless fluency, muscular tone and an immaculate technique, Redman must be the most perfect tenor saxophonist alive today." Dave Gelly, The Observer (Nov. 2007)


Jerusalem, Sherover Theatre
June 3, 9 p.m.

approx. 1 hr. 40 mins. with interval
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Avishai Cohen
Israel
 

Avishai Cohen

photographer :Patrick Marek, Deirdre Keaney

Debuting his new album 'Aurora'
Avishai Cohen acoustic and electric bass,
vocals Shai Maestro piano and keyboards Amos Hoffman oud Itamar Doari percussion Ilan Salem flute Oded Meir trombone, Karen Malka Vocals

Avishai Cohen – Israeli jazz composer, bass guitarist and double bass player – has been described by Down Beat magazine as "a jazz visionary of global proportions". The new band accompanying him includes young musicians from Israel and the U.S.A., the nucleus of which is Cohen's award-winning Trio who have accompanied him for many years. The festival concert will debut Avishai Cohen's new album Aurora, recorded on the prestigious EMI Blue Note label and released in March. The album, a synergy of different styles, draws its inspiration from Israel and neighboring cultures and contains original numbers and new arrangements to works performed in Ladino, Spanish, Hebrew and English.

"One of the most gifted bassists of his generation is finding his own voice as a composer." The New Yorker
"One of the best double bassists in the world."
Kerstan Mackness, Time Out, London

Jerusalem, Sherover Theatre
June 2, 9 p.m.

approx. 1 hr. 40 mins. without interval

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Avishai Cohen 165 149


Renaud Garcia-Fons Trio

France
 
Renaud Garcia-Fons Trio
photographer:Jan Scheffner
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Renaud Garcia-Fons double bass Kiko Ruiz flamenco guitar Jorge "Negrito" Trasante drums and percussion

Renaud Garcia-Fons gained fame internationally with his virtuosic double bass playing which leaves the audience breathless, and his music style which embraces a wide array of styles including flamenco, Turkish, jazz, tango, Celtic, African, Latin American, Indian and classical music. His open-mindedness has led to many collaborations with artists from different backgrounds and traditions, like the Lebanese oud player Rabih Abou-Khalil, the Algerian singer Cheb Mami, Dhafer Youssef from Tunisia, Kudsi Erguner from Turkey, and many more. Garcia-Fons will be performing with the acclaimed Flamenco guitarist Kiko Ruiz and Jorge "Negrita" Trasante, percussionist of the legendary Gypsy Kings.

"Renaud Garcia-Fons brings a rare passion and understanding to the bass. His approach is pure genius." All About Jazz (Oct. 2008)

On Stage Seating in Club Atmosphere at the Jerusalem Theatre
May 31, 9 p.m.

approx. 1 hr. 40 mins. with interval
In the Sherover Hall in Club atmosphere

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With the assistance of the French Embassy.

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Renaud Garcia-Fons Trio 135 122


Paolo Fresu and the Devil's Quartet

Italy

 
Paulo Fresu and the Devil's Quartet
photographer: Roberto Chiovitti Quartet Roberto Cifarelli


Paolo Fresu trumpet Bebo Ferra acoustic and electric guitar
Paolino Dalla Porta bass Stephano Bagnoli drums

Regarded as one of the most important jazz trumpeters today, Paulo Fresu's terrific sound has been described by critics as "rich and velvety". In 1996 he received the Django d'Or award for best European jazz player. Fresu has played with Richard Galliano, Dave Holland, Michel Portal, Carla Bley, Dave Holland, Aldo Romano, Trilok Gurtu, Uri Caine, John Zorn, Omar Sosa, and many others. He has recorded on the EMI Blue Note and Colombia labels, and often participates in multi-media, dance, theatre and film projects.

"Paolo Fresu is such an accomplished stylist that he could knock-off straight jazz or fusion in his siesta" The Guardian

On Stage Seating in Club Atmosphere at the Jerusalem Theatre
June 1, 9 p.m.
approx. 1 hr. 40 mins. with interval

In the Sherover Hall in Club atmosphere
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Paolo Fresu and the Devil's Quartet 135 122


Classical Music

Gala Opening Concert – Israel Festival Jerusalem 2009
and the Finale of Polish Year in Israel 2008/9

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

Israel-Poland

 
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
photographer: intermusika, Polish Press Agency

Conductor Michal Dworzynski soprano Iwona Hossa piano Jacek Kortus, Dorel Golan

Program:
Henryk Gorecki
– Symphony no. 3 "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs"
Frederic Chopin – Variations on "La ci darem la mano" from Mozart's opera "Don Giovanni" in B-flat major
Frederic Chopin – Concerto no. 1 in E minor for piano and orchestra  

In this special, one-time celebratory concert two of Frederic Chopin's most popular works for piano and orchestra cross paths with Henryk Gorecki's beautiful third symphony. Beyond the piano virtuosity of Chopin and beyond the poetic melancholy of Gorecki's symphony, which awed audiences in the 1970s becoming one of the most popular contemporary concertante in the world, lies the true subject of the evening, the fascinating dialogue between these two Polish composers with totally different composition styles.
The gala concert opens the 2009 Israel Festival and brings to a close the official program of the Polish Year in Israel 2008/9. The event is made possible thanks to the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and Polish Institute in Tel Aviv – the organizers of the Polish Year in Israel 2008/9.

Henry Crown Symphony Hall
May 24, 8.30 p.m.

approx. 2 hrs. with interval

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Event co-organized with Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of the Polish Year in Israel 2008/2009 Project financed with the means from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland

www.poland-israel.org



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Israel Philharmonic Orchestra 180/210 189/162

Fretwork

England

 
Fretwork
photographer: Edward webb, Stephan Schweiger


Pearls of the Baroque

Richard Boothby, Reiko Ichisa, Asako Morikawa, Susanna Pell, Richard Campbell, Richard Tunnicliffe Works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Henry Purcell, commemorating the 350th anniversary of Purcell's birth

The viola da gamba consort Fretwork was founded in 1986 and consists of 6 musicians performing a repertoire based principally on Renaissance music with an emphasis on the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods, as well as arrangements of works by Bach, and contemporary music especially commissioned for the ensemble. Fretwork has toured all over the world to great acclaim. The captivating program brings together Purcell's fantasias for viol and Bach's arrangements for organ, as well as Purcell's most famous songs, including Dido's Lament from the opera Dido and Aeneas, considered one of the finest operas ever. The consort will be joined by mezzo-soprano Clare Wilkinson who specializes in Renaissance and Baroque period music.

"Fretwork is the finest consort of viols on the planet" Evening Standard

Jerusalem, Henry Crown Symphony Hall
June 2, 8.30 p.m.
approx. 1 hr. 40 mins. with interval

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Fretwork will hold a master class at the Jerusalem Music Center on June 2 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. With the assistance of Bi Arts, the cultural exchange program of the British Council and the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Culture and Sport.


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Fretwork 135/120 108/122

 


The Beethoven Revolution

Israel

 
beethoven

Beethoven Meets Composers of the Second Viennese School

Pianist and Lecturer Gil Shohat
Elysium Ensemble, Jerusalem Trio
Soloists: Michal Shamir soprano Maurizio Baglini (Italy)
piano Yuval Admony and Tami Kanazawa piano duo

The ever popular Israel Festival piano marathon which takes place on Fridays under the music direction of Gil Shohat is dedicated this year to Beethoven's Viennese revolution on the one hand, and the composers of the second Viennese school – Schoenberg and Berg – on the other. Beethoven's important and better known sonatas will be juxtaposed with Berg's piano sonata, and Beethoven's Archduke Trio and Grosse Fugue will confront Schoenberg's Transfigured Night. A fascinating program performed by the finest Israeli musicians and an Italian guest star.

Jerusalem, Henry Crown Symphony Hall
June 5, 11 a.m.

Tel Aviv, Einav Centre
June 9, 8 p.m.

The Jerusalem marathon lasts approx. 4 hrs. 30 mins. with intervals.

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A shorter program in Tel Aviv with Gil Shohat, soprano Michal Shamir, pianist Yaron Kohlberg and the Elysium Ensemble.

Special thanks to the Italian Institute and the Brigham Young University
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The Beethoven Revolution 135/120 108/122

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Cantus Cölln

Germany

 
Cantus Cölln
photographer: Wolf Nolting

Paths to Bach

Conductor and Artistic Director Konrad Junghänel Johanna Koslowsky soprano Elisabeth Popien alt Hans Jörg Mammel tenor Wilfried Jochens tenor
Wolf Matthias Friedrich bass

Works by Dietrich Buxtehude, Nikolaus Bruhns, Matthias Weckmann, Johann Rosenmüller

Cantus Cölln is one of the finest and celebrated vocal ensembles performing Renaissance and Baroque music from Italy and Germany. All the singers and instrumentalists are well known soloists in their own right, and the special fascination of the ensemble lies in the fact that they come remarkably close to the ideal of a homogeneous vocal ensemble, without sacrificing the characteristics of the individual singers’ voices. Cantus Cölln will perform a program based on works by composers who influenced Bach or were influenced by him, whence the name of the program. This concert will present Israeli audiences with musical gems rarely every performed here .

"The performance by this superb ensemble was characterized by an exceptional purity and uncompromising musical clarity." New Scotsman

Jerusalem, Henry Crown Symphony Hall
June 7, 8.30 p.m.

approx. 2 hrs. with interval

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Excerpt from "Herzlich lieb hab ich Dich, o Herr" BuxWV 41 out of: D. Buxtehude, Geistliche Kantaten Cantus Cölln, Konrad Junghänel harmonia mundi, HMG501629

Konrad Junghänel will speak with the audience prior to the concert at 7 p.m.

With the assistance of the Goethe Institute.


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Cantus Cölln 140/165 126/149

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Maurizio Baglini

Italy

 
Maurizio Baglini
photographer:Luca d' Agostino

A Journey to the Frontiers of Piano Virtuosity

Program:
Beethoven - Symphony no. 9 transcribed for solo piano by Franz Liszt
Chopin – Complete etudes op. 10 and op. 25

The award-winning, young Italian pianist of international repute Maurizio Baglini, who has a recording contract with Decca, will perform a special marathon recital in which he examines the frontiers of piano virtuosity. In the first half of the recital, Baglini will perform a transcription for two hands of Beethoven's 9th symphony in its entirety, while in the second half, he will play all 24 Chopin etudes, thus demonstrating the unlimited capacity of the piano: on the one hand, a complete orchestral symphony reduced to two hands, and on the other, 24 facets of agile finger work from the school of Chopin – a collection of works which attests to the technical demand on a pianist and the need to be in command of all styles at all times.

"Baglini's playing is reminiscent of Alfred Cortot… he has a penetrating tone, both bright and round…"
Le Monde "One of the most significant Chopin performers today" American Record Guide

Brigham Young University, Mt. Scopus
June 9, 7 p.m.

approx. 2 hrs. 15 mins. with interval

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*Smoking is forbidden in the Brigham Young University

Special thanks to the Italian Institute and the Brigham Young University


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Maurizio Baglini 90 81

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Keller Quartet and Friends

Hungary-Israel

Keller Quartet and Friends
photographer: Andrea Felgvi

Commemorating 20 years since the resumption of diplomatic relations between Israel and Hungary

Andras Keller 1st violin Janos Pilz 2nd violin Zoltan Gal viola Judit Szabo cello Guest Artists: Nitai Zori viola Hillel Zori cello

Program:
Joseph Haydn – string quartet no. 64 in D major, op. 76 no. 5 Bela Bartok – string quartet no. 1 in A minor Tchaikovsky – string sextet Souvenir de Florence, op. 70 in D minor The Keller Quartet was founded in 1987 at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, and gained international fame in 1990 after receiving all top prizes and special awards at the Evian and Borciani String Quartet Competitions. Among the quartet's mentors is the renowned composer Gyorgy Kurtag, who has composed works especially for them. The Keller Quartet can be characterized by its musical curiosity, leading to unusual combinations of different works and styles and performances with musicians from diverse music fields. During the festival performance, the quartet will perform a selection of works considered to be the jewels in the crown of chamber music, including Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence sextet with Israeli musicians Nitai and Hillel Zori.

Jerusalem, Henry Crown Symphony Hall
June 9, 9 p.m.

approx. 1 hr. 45 mins. with interval

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With the support of the Hungarian embassy

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Keller Quartet and Friends 120/135 108/122

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Israel Festival in Ein Kerem

 
Israel Festival in Ein Kerem

Eden-Tamir Music Center Commemorating the 200th anniversary of Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) who pioneered the revival of Johann Sebastian Bach

Concerti Celebration with soloists of the Millennium Ensemble
Bach Concerto for 2 violins in D minor (BWV 1043)
Bach Concerto for violin and viola (oboe) in C minor (BWV 1060)
Mendelssohn Concerto for violin and piano in D minor

Ein Kerem Music Center May 29, 12 noon

Piano Celebration in Memory of Bracha Eden with the Irena Friedland and Yonatan Zak Duo and the Yuval Admoni and Tammi Kanazawa Duo Kotlyar-Shifrin Piano Duo (Israel-U.S.A.) and the Lutoslawski Piano Duo (Poland) Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night's Dream for piano four hands, for 2 pianos eight hands
Duo Irena Friedland and Yonatan Zak and Duo Yuval Admoni and Tammi Kanazawa Mendelssohn Duets for piano four hands
Bach Art of the Fugue, 2 fugues for 2 keyboards (BWV 1080)
Bach Trio sonatas for two keyboards in D minor (BWV 527)
Bach Concerto for two keyboards in C major (BWV 1061)

Ein Kerem Music Center May 30, 12 noon

Celebration of Voice – "From Bach to Mendelssohn"
with singers of the Israeli Opera Studio in a program of arias, duets, ensembles and more

Ein Kerem Music Center June 5, 12 noon

String Celebration
Bach Brandenburg concerto no. 3 in G major (BWV 1048)
Mendelssohn String octet in E flat major, op. 20

Ein Kerem Music Center June 6, 12 moon

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Israel Festival in Ein Kerem 110 99


World Music

 

Misia

Portugal

Misia
photographer: Youssef Nobil

An evening of fado music

A special concert of Portuguese soul music with singer Misia, whose sensual voice and hypnotic stage presence have justly earned her world acclaim. Just as flamenco symbolizes Spain, fado is the symbol of Portugal, and is performed in sea-side clubs and cafés in Lisbon and Porto. Its roots are in folk songs which deal with dreams, love and destiny. Misia is regarded as the pioneer of the revival of fado and the successor of Amalia Rodrigues. She modernized its style by adding to the traditional instruments (fado guitar, bass guitar and classical guitar), the violin, accordion, piano and harp.

"Misia stands out as by far the most original and seductive fado singer today" The Independent on Sunday "A celestial voice and hypnotic stage presence…" Madame Figaro

Beersheba Performing Arts Center
June 7, 9 p.m.

Jerusalem, Beit Shmuel patio
June 8, 9 p.m.

With the support of the Portuguese Embassy
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Misia 155 140

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Between the Judean Hills and the Caucasian Mountains

Israel-Azerbaijan

Between the Judean Hills and the Caucasian Mountains
photographer: רבקה אליהו, עליה אליהו

Leaping Over Hills

Piris Eliyahu tar Mark Eliyahu kamancheh Beyimkhanum Mirzoyeva vocalsAmos Hofman Oud Shlomo Oz guitar Gilad Efrat double bass Yair Har-El percussion Gil Hameiri percussion

An enthralling music encounter with Piris and Mark Eliyahu, Israeli musicians born in Daghestan (a Russian republic in the north Caucases), and Beyimkhanum Mirzoyeva, a young singer from Azerbaijan, who after winning first prize in her country's prestigious Mugham competition has gone on to appear on stage in Europe and the U.S.A. The music is based on original works by Piris and Mark Eliyahu, most of which will be performed for the first time. A must for world music fans.

Jerusalem, Henry Crown Symphony Hall
June 4, 9 p.m.
approx. 1 hr. 30 mins. without interval

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Between the Judean Hills and the Caucasian Mountains 120/135 108/122

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Ken Zuckerman and Friends

Israel-India-Switzerland

Ken Zuckerman and Friends

India meets the middle east

Ken Zuckermann sarod Sanju Sahai tabla Yair Dalal oud and violin Eyal Sela flutes

An encounter between classical Indian and Middle Eastern music performed by four of the leading musicians in their field in the world today. Swiss-born Ken Zuckerman, who initiated the encounter, is regarded in India and around the world as one of the finest sarod players. He regularly performs with India’s top tabla players including Zakir Hussain, Swapan Chaudhuri and Anindo Chatterjee, and has participated in numerous cultural crossover projects including Jordi Savall's "Diaspora Sefardi" and "India Meets Persia" with tar player Hossein Alizadeh. Indian-born Sanju Sahai, a descendant of the great tabla virtuoso Pandit Ram Sahai founder of the Benares gharana tabla style, is one of the most sought-after tabla players in the world. Yair Dalal, one of the pioneers of ethnic music in Israel, specializes in creating a genuine Israeli sound with links to its traditional Jewish roots, and excels in mixing indigenous and modern sounds. Eyal Sela plays various wind instruments, chiefly clarinet and flutes, and specializes in ethnic music in which he incorporates classical material, improvising between different music genres.

Y.M.C.A. Auditorium
June 5, 2 p.m.

approx. 2 hrs. with interval

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Ken Zuckerman and Friends 135 122

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Israeli Rock

 

 

Rona Kenan

Israel

Rona Kenan
photographer:Yaniv Edri

Songs for Joel

Rona Kenan will debut her new album "Songs to Yoel" which deals with Joel, a figure based on Kenan's father, in an attempt to examine his life as an analogy of the lives of those of his generation. Kenan's acoustic performance is complemented by a full line-up of double bass, piano, drums, guitar and string and wind trio, who add color to the drama and provide a sense of progression through time and presence of the unfolding narrative. The concert will definitely appeal to the large number of Kenan's loyal fans as well as to the growing public of both young and old seeking a bridge between the Israel of yesteryear and the 2009 model.

Jerusalem,
Rebecca Crown Auditorium May 24, 9.30 p.m.

approx. 1 hr. 30 mins. without interval

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Rona Kenan 100 90

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T-Slam Rock 'n' Roll

Israel

T-Slam Rock 'n' Roll
photographer: אריאל ון-סטרטן

With Songs, Animation, and Lots of Energy

Danny Bassan vocals Izhar Ashdot guitar and vocals Yair Nitzani keyboards Yoshi Sade guitar and vocals Tzuf Filosof bass Sammy Avzardel drums

Thirty years since it was formed, T-slam makes a comeback T-Slam in its original line-up will pump up the volume in a fiery performance of energetic Israeli rock with their number one hits "Loud Radio", "Give Me Rock 'n' Roll", "Another Meeting" and "You've Got Me", among others. The band promises to put on a spectacular visual show in a glossy production with state-of-the art lighting and the screening of video clips including old clips of the band, short movies and all-time cartoon greats.

Jerusalem, Israel Museum Sculpture Garden
June 4, 8.30 p.m.

Caesarea Amphitheatre
June 11, 8.45 p.m.
www.tkts.co.il

approx. 2 hrs. without interval

t-slam

Standing only at the Jerusalem concert. Warm clothing recommended since it will take place outdoors.

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T-Slam Rock 'n' Roll 126 140
 

Guitar Heros

Israel

Haim Romano, Shmuel Budagov, Erez Netz Riki Gal, Maor Cohen and Peter Roth

Haim Romano, Shmuel Budagov, Erez Netz

Special guests Riki Gal, Maor Cohen and Peter Roth

Haim Romano, Shmuel Budagov and Erez Netz are Israeli guitar legends from the '70s and '80s. Each of them has performed with Israel's leading bands and accompanied the country's top singers over the last three decades. In this special production for the 2009 Israel Festival, the three guitar giants will team up and step into the spotlight on center stage. They will perform arrangements to classic Israeli songs and original jazz-rock works, highlighting the virtuosity and improve. techniques of the three. This promises to be an electrifying evening full of frenetic energy.

Jerusalem, Sherover Theatre
June 8, 9 p.m.

approx. 1 hr. 45 mins. without interval


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Guitar Heros 125 113

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