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The Kibbutz Ha'artsi Choir

The KIBBUTZ HA'ARTSI CHOIR was founded in 1958 and has earned a reputation as one of the leading choirs in Israel. It comprises Kibbutz members from all over the country, who meet weekly for intensive rehearsals.

The Choir performs regularly in music centers throughout the country, with a varied 'a capella' repertoire ranging over different periods, as well as in orchestral concerts. It has appeared with the leading orchestras in the country, under the baton of eminent conductors, such as James Levine and Zubin Mehta amongst others.

The Choir's numerous tours abroad have encompassed performances and recordings in the USA, Germany, France, Poland, Hungary, Sweden, Austria, Holland, Lithuania, and more.

In November 2009 the Choir appeared in 12 concerts in Korea and Japan. The Israeli Consul in Japan, MrNissim Ben-Chitrit wrote: "The Kibbutz Ha'Artsi' Choir succeeded in impressing the Japanese, renowned for their fine cultural and artistic tastes, through their varied repertoire and professionalism. All its performances were received most enthusiastically."

Yuval Ben-Ozer has served as conductor and musical director since 1990.

In 1994 the Choir was awarded the prize for outstanding performance of an Israeli composition, on behalf of the Israeli Council for Culture and Art.

Moshe Harel, a member of Kibbutz Bar-Am, has served as Administrative Director of the Choir since 1981.

Janna Kopilev is the Choir's accompanist.

The Choir's website: http://kac.org.il