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The Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies is an extension of Brigham Young University, a large private American institution located in Provo, Utah.

The Classical and Jazz+ Series

The BYU Jerusalem Center hosts one of the most prestigious concert programs in the country in its auditorium with audiences enjoying a spectacular view of the Old City of Jerusalem. Professional musicians from the area provide extraordinary classical music programs on Sunday evenings and lively jazz and folk music once a month on a Thursday. These concerts are a gift to the community and are offered free of charge.

The Chamber Series

The Chamber Series is a special collaboration between the BYU Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra directed by renowned violinist Julian Rachlin.

Tickets

Tickets are free; however, you are invited to make a donation after each concert. Your entire donation is given to the performers. For information about stand-by tickets and directions for parking, please view our concert overview.

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Evening at the Theater
Date 02 June 2024 20:00
  • Israeli Chamber Project
    • Itamar Zorman, violin
    • Daniel Bard, violin
    • Guy Ben-Ziony, viola
    • Michal Korman, cello
    • Tibi Cziger, clarinet

  • Mozart – String Quintet in D major, K. 593
  • Gershwin – Porgy and Bess: Suite for Clarinet and Strings
  • Korngold – Much Ado About Nothing: Suite for String Quartet
Musical Fireworks
09 June 2024 20:00
  • Ram Oren, trumpet
  • Yelena Tishin, violin
  • Evgenia Oren, viola
  • Dmitry Golderman, cello

  • Works by J. S. Bach, Handel, Schubert, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Kreisler, Piazzolla, Andersen and more
Daydream
16 June 2024 20:00
  • Naama Liany Einav, mezzo-soprano
  • Yoni Farhi, piano

  • Works by Barber, Petrovich, Mompou, Bernstein and more
Classical Arabic Music
Is this a jazz concert?
Yes
20 June 2024 20:00
  • Nizar Elkhater, piano
  • And Friends

  • Fairuz, Mohamed Abdel Wahab, Farid El-Atrash, Rahbani Brothers and more
Mozart and Fauré
23 June 2024 20:00
  • Elina Gurevich, violin
  • Tali Kravitz, viola
  • Yoni Gotlibovich, cello
  • Ilan Levin, piano

  • Mozart – Piano Quintet in g minor, K. 478
  • Fauré – Piano Quartet in c minor, Op. 15
Chamber Series Concert No. 4 in collaboration with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra (JSO)
30 June 2024 20:00

jerusalem symphony orchestra

  • Julian Rachlin, violin
  • Alexander Malofeev, piano
  • With musicians from the JSO

  • Brahms – Violin Sonata No. 3 in d minor, Op. 108
  • Brahms – Piano Quintet in f minor, Op. 34
Slavic Soul
07 July 2024 20:00
  • Nitai Zori, violin
  • Tali Kravitz, viola
  • Ella Toovey, cello
  • Michal Tal, piano

  • Pejačević – Piano Quartet in d minor, Op. 25
  • Dvořák – Piano Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 23
Summer Nights
14 July 2024 20:00
  • Yigal Meltzer, trumpet
  • Yuval Shapiro, trumpet
  • Itamar Leshem, horn
  • Tal Ben Rei, trombone
  • Itai Agmon, tuba

  • Works by Gershwin, Albéniz, Crespo and more, arranged for brass quintet
Latin Siesta
Is this a jazz concert?
Yes
18 July 2024 20:00
  • Uri Bracha, guitar
  • David Sheetrit, piano
  • Javier Kaplan, bass
  • Yogev Shetrit, drums

 

  • Jazz pieces, bossa nova and Latin music
The Classic and the Romantic
21 July 2024 20:00
  • Saida Bar-Lev, violin
  • May Endy, cello
  • Ishay Shaer, piano

  • Beethoven – Piano Trio in c minor, Op. 1 No. 3
  • Brahms – Piano Trio in c minor, Op. 101
Family and Friends
28 July 2024 20:00
  • Amnon Valk, violin
  • Yoram Livne, violin
  • Irit Livne, viola
  • Yaniv Livne, viola
  • Yoram Alperin, cello
  • Vag Papian, piano

  • Mozart – String Quintet No. 4 in g minor, K. 516
  • Schumann – Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 44
Doctor Jazz hosts the Vocal Ensemble HeChatzer
Is this a jazz concert?
Yes
01 Aug 2024 20:00
  • Doctor Jazz
    • Elazar (Larry) Brandt, trombone
    • Shimi (Panza) Gilad, banjo
    • Eli Preminger, trumpet
    • Anton Lutsky, sousaphone
    • Amnon Ben Artsi, trombone
    • Kobi Solomon, clarinet
    • Dor Bar Av, washboard and drums
  • The Vocal Ensemble HeChatzer
    • directed by Udi Raz

  • Traditional jazz from the riverboats and the dance halls of New Orleans, music from the early days of jazz, fresh interpretations of classic Gospel songs and more
Opera Hits with Duo Skorka
04 Aug 2024 20:00
  • Daniela Skorka, soprano
  • Rafael Skorka, piano

  • Grieg – Piano Sonata in e minor, Op.7
  • Grieg – Sechs Lieder, Op. 48
  • Turina – Poema en forma de canciones, Op. 19
  • De Falla – Seven Popular Spanish Songs
A German Requiem by Brahms
08 September 2024 20:00

Michael Shani, conductor
Tali Ketzef, soprano
Alexey Kannunikov, baritone
Irit Rub, piano
Alexander Volokh, piano
The Tel Aviv Chamber Choir

Brahms — A German Requiem, Op. 45 for choir, soloists, and piano four hands.

Mostly Mozart
15 September 2024 20:00

Noam Buchman, flute
Gilad Hildesheim, violin
Irit Livne, viola
Yoram Alperin, cello

Mozart — Three flute quartets
Ben-Haim — Serenade for flute and strings - first movement
Doppler — Hungarian Pastoral Fantasy, Op. 26

Haydn and Brahms
22 September 2024 20:00

Ensemble Finale
Vika Gelman, violin
Omer Herz, violin
Leikie Glick, viola
Gali Knaani, cello

Haydn — String Quartet in D major, Op. 76 No. 5
Brahms — String Quartet No. 2 in minor, Op. 51

Amit Friedman Quartet
Is this a jazz concert?
Yes
26 September 2024 20:00

Amit Friedman, saxophone
Katia Toobool, piano
Guy Levy, bass
Yonatan Rozen, drums

Popular and original jazz pieces

Trio
13 October 2024 20:00

Lev Iomdin, violin
Iakov Kashin, cello
Irina Zheleznova, piano

Mozart — Piano Trio in C major, K. 548
Schubert — Adagio in E-falt major, D. 897, "Notturno"
Brahms — Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8

The Chamber Series in collaboration with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra (JSO) - Concert No. 1
20 October 2024 20:00

Julian Rachlin, violin
Evgeny Brakman, piano
with the JSO soloists

Beethoven — Quintet in E-flat major for Piano and Winds, Op. 16
Beethoven — Septet in E-flat major, Op. 20

Mendelssohn and his Generation
27 October 2024 20:00

Hillel Zori, cello
Yaron Rosenthal, piano

Mendelssohn — Variations Concertantes, Op. 17
Selected pieces for cello and piano — TBA

The Joy of Rhythm
31 October 2024 20:00

Emil Aybinder, accordion
Pavel Levin, violin
Liad Mor, bass

Popular world music from the Balkans, France, Argentina, Brazil, Gypsy music and more