The HAIFA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OF ISRAEL recently received the Prime Minister’s Award for being the leading performer of original Israeli compositions. Now, this illustrious orchestra will come to the United States for the first time ever featuring soloist, Pianist Roman Rabinovich, who will perform Pyotr Ilyick Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 23. Led by conductor Boguslaw Dawidow, the Haifa Symphony Orchestra will also perform Carl Maria Von Weber’s Overture to the Opera Euryanthe and Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95. Performing at Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium on Saturday, March 15, 8 pm., HAIFA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OF ISRAEL performs at the Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags at Civic Center Drive in San Rafael, CA 94903. Tickets are $45, $35, $25, Students 20 and under $20, Bargain seats (rows 25-34) $20; and can be ordered through the Marin Center Box Office at 415-473-6800 or visit www.marincenter.org
Leading the orchestra is Principal Guest Conductor Boguslaw Dawidow, internationally renowned for his musical knowledge, immense enthusiasm and extraordinarily charismatic stage presence. Maestro Dawidow is a “…conductor of a great stature, musically speaking, with a clear beat and marvelous rapport with the Orchestra … produced a truly magnificent Viennese sound … with romance and humor in hand…” (Gazette – USA).
The Israeli pianist Roman Rabinovich, "whose mature, self-assured playing belies his chronological age” (San Francisco Classical Voice) won the top prize and four additional prizes at the 2008 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition and the 1st prize at the 2007 Animato Competition. Since his Israel Philharmonic debut under the button of Zubin Mehta at age ten, Mr. Rabinovich has performed as a soloist with most of Israeli orchestras, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Buffalo Philharmonic, An Arbor Symphony, Delaware Symphony, Dohnanyi Orchestra, and many other orchestras and was praised for his “vivacity and virtuosity” and “the impeccable clarity of execution” of his performances. He has performed throughout Europe and USA in such prestigious venues as Lucerne Festival, Davos Festival, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, Wigmore Hall, Carnegie’s Weill and Zankel Halls as well as Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory and Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center. In 2009 the French TV channel, "Mezzo" recorded his recital and since it has been broadcasted in numerous countries in Europe and Asia.
Mr Rabinovich is also an avid chamber musician and his partners have included Daniel Hope, Ralph Kirshbaum and Miriam Fried. Roman has recently recorded selected piano transcriptions of ballets by Ravel, Prokofiev and Stravinsky for the Orchid Classics label.
Mr. Rabinovich is also a gifted artist. He often combines his concerts with exhibitions of his paintings. His artwork can be viewed on his website at www.romanrabinovich.net. Roman has received financial support from Zfunot Tarbut, Ronen and Rich Foundations, as well as scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation.
Symphony Orchestra of Israel was founded in 1950 and in recent years has
become the focal point of musical life in Haifa and the north of Israel. The
Orchestra, which is the most significant musical institute in the north of
Israel, has recently expanded its activities throughout the country. World
Acclaimed Maestro Noam Sheriff, one of Israel's most versatile musicians, is
the music director of the HSO.
Over five thousand subscribers of all ages attend six subscription programs: The Classical Series, The Vocal Series, Haifa Proms, Friday Morning Classics, The Children's Series & The Chamber Music Series. The Orchestra takes part in the "Kadma" & "Israeli Notes" programs which educates today's youngsters to become the audiences of tomorrow. This program provides informal meetings and concerts at elementary schools followed by a concert with the full orchestra at the Haifa Auditorium. For many of the 2,500 children, this is their first exposure to classical music. The Orchestra holds master classes uniquely designed for young creative musicians.