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Oratorio Jerusalem

The Jerusalem Oratorio Choir

Established in 1987, the Jerusalem Oratorio Choir is the largest choral enterprise in Israel, consisting of 150 singers ranging from amateur to semi-professional. The choir was founded under the auspices of the Jerusalem Foundation and the Jerusalem Municipality Culture Department at the initiative of Mr. Yehuda Fikler – with the goal of promoting the culture of choral singing in the city. In 2001, Oratorio made the transition to become an independent member-based non-profit association, and today it continues to receive annual funding from the Israel Ministry of Culture and Sport and the Jerusalem Municipality.

The choir’s repertoire consists of masterpieces from the Renaissance to the present: Vivaldi’s "Gloria”, Mozart’s "Great Mass” in C Minor, Haydn’s "Creation”, Mendelssohn’s "Elijah”, Handel’s "Alexanders’s Feast”, Poulenc’s "Gloria”, Rutter’s "Magnificat”, works by Bloch, Puccini, Ramirez, Schubert, and more.

The Jerusalem Oratorio Choir consists of five different choirs, each working on its own repertoire throughout the season, joining up on occasion for collaborations between two or more choirs, and meeting throughout the year to prepare for the annual Gala Concert. All in all, Oratorio's choirs perform about 20 concerts every year. The choirs in the organization are:The Oratorio Singersunder the direction of Mr. Dor Magen,Bel Cantounder the direction of Ms. Salome Rabelo,Cantabileunder the direction of Ms. Flora Vinokurov,Capellatteunder the direction of Ms. Naama Nazarathy Gordon and The Jerusalem Oratorio Chamber Choirunder the direction of Ms. Kate Belshé.

The Choir has performed with leading Israeli orchestras and has taken part in important festivals in Israel, appeared on television and radio programs, and had several successful tours abroad: In England and Wales (1997), Italy (2000), Romania (2002), and Germany (2006). The Jerusalem Oratorio Choir has produced 8 CDs.

Musical directors of the Jerusalem Oratorio Choir have included Oscar Gershenson, Gerardo Edelstein, Lea Silver, Yuval Ben-Ozer, Hanna Tzur, Pauls Putnans, Ronen Borshevsky, Oded Shomrony and Ofer dal Lal. Since 2014/15 season, the large choir has been headed by Naama Nazarathy Gordon.

Past managing directors of the choir were Yehuda Fikler, Haggai Goren, Rashi Levaot, and since October 2013, Oratorio is managed by Dalia Poran.

The choir is accompanied year-round by pianist Rina Shechter, Natalie Povolotzky and Anastasia Sobolev.



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