The Bnai Zion Foundation (bnaizion.org), which supports humanitarian projects in Israel that improve the lives of thousands in need, will host The Ma’aleh Adumim Youth Orchestra’s first performance in the United States at the world famous Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, November 22, 2015.
The Youth Orchestra is composed of musicians who are handpicked from school music programs and invited to continue their musical education, and are taught by the some of the country’s leading artists. It is one of the leading youth symphonies in the State of Israel. Established merely four years ago, it has already won national recognition and is beginning to gain an international reputation as well. It won its first international award at the Bratislava International Competition for Youth Symphonies.
The Youth Orchestra is part of The George W. Schaeffer Music Conservatory in Ma’aleh Adumim, a city of 40,000 strategically located near Jerusalem, which provides a host of regional services and acts as part of the security belt for Israel’s capital and is one of Bnai Zion’s main projects in Israel. In addition to the conservatory, there is the George and Irina Schaeffer Cultural Center, which was just recently dedicated and opened to the public.
The Youth Orchestra is led by the talented Benjamin Shapira, a renowned Israeli cellist, conductor and educator, and a protégé of Isaac Stern. His talent was recognized at a very early age. He was immediately embraced by the America Israel Cultural Foundation and by the Jerusalem Music Center, both under the direct supervision of Stern himself. He launched an international career after his performance of Bach’s complete Suites for Cello Solo at Carnegie Hall, and has been in constant demand ever since, performing in some of the most prestigious venues in the United States and Europe.
He has been acknowledged as an “Artist of National Interest” by the United States Government, and was the winner of numerous competitions, including the prestigious Artists International Competition.
Benjamin is also an active educator. He has served as the Director of Orchestral Activities and head of the string programs at the University of Wisconsin – Platteville, taught at Middle Tennessee State University and directed numerous youth symphonies in the United States and abroad.
Proceeds from this event will benefit Ma’aleh Adumim.
For tickets, please Click Here.