The Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra has been Israel's national orchestra
since its establishment as the Palestine Philharmonic Orchestra in 1936.
Its musical director, Indian-born Zubin Mehta, is considered one of the
world’s greatest conductors and musicians. The orchestra hosts renowned
guest conductors and musicians, and appears in concerts throughout
Israel and abroad. The orchestra’s home base is the Frederic Mann
Auditorium in Tel Aviv. The concert schedule of the Israel Philharmonic
is available here.
The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra
Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra was established in the 1940s by the Israel
Broadcasting Authority. Its musical director is Leon Botstein and its
base is the Henry Crown auditorium of the Jerusalem Theater. All
concerts are recorded and broadcast on Israel 's classical music
station. The concert schedule of the Jerusalem Philharmonic is available
orchestras in Israel include the Haifa Symphony Orchestra, the Ramat
Gan Orchestra, the Be'er Sheva Simfonetta, and the Israeli Chamber
in Israel is the product of many cultural origins and consists of
numerous small and large theater groups of various styles and genres.
The first theater professionals in Israel were immigrants who came
Israel from Europe and Russia, creating a legacy that maintains an
intense dialogue with innovative modern theatrical thinking.
The Habima Theater (Habimah means “The Stage”) was started in the first decades of the 20th
century in Moscow, and its original members immigrated to Tel Aviv in
the 1920’s. Considered “The National Theatre of Israel,” Habimah"
presents both classical and contemporary plays. The company performs
countrywide, but its home is the elegant Habimah Theater in the heart of
The Cameri Theatre
company was founded in 1944 as a local, younger alternative to the
“Eastern European” Habimah. More than 60 years later, the Cameri gives
some 1,700 performances a year – plays, comedies and musicals – and is
headquartered in a complex of 5 auditoriums at the Tel Aviv Performing
Additional theater companies in Israel include:
Tsavta in Tel Aviv presents mainly fringe theater.
Gesher caters to the Russian-speaking and Eastern European theater audience.
The Haifa Theater is
a large, contemporary theater group which organizes an annual theater
festival of children's plays, and also presents plays in Arabic.
The Yaffo Arab-Jewish Theater presents fringe theater nature.
The Be'er Sheva Theater is a large theater group located in Be'er Sheva in southern Israel. The group performs original productions and hosting plays from other theaters.
The Khan , a theater company in Jerusalem that performs in the atmospheric Khan, a former Turkish Bath complex.
The Israeli Ballet
The Israeli Ballet company performs a rich repertoire of classical ballet. To know more: Israeli Ballet Internet site.
Bat Sheva Dance Company
most renowned dance company was founded by Batsheva de Rothschild in
the 1960’s. Today, its artistic director, Ohad Naharin, is considered to
be one of the most renowned choreographers in the world. The Batsheva
Dance company is headquartered at the Suzanne Dellal Dance Center in Tel
Aviv. To know more: www.batsheva.co.il
The Kibbutz Dance Company
popular dance company that originated in the northern kibbutz Ga'aton,
the company stages performances for adults and children that are
choreographed by Rami Be'er. Its performances of modern dance have been
acclaimed throughout the world. Performance details are available here.
Additional leading Israeli dance companies include Bat Dor, Inbal, the Noa Dar Company, and Mayumana.
The Israeli Opera at the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center
Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center offers a variety of artistic
activities, including dance performances, classical music and jazz
concerts, performances for children, in depth back stage tours, fine
arts exhibitions and above all - the Israeli Opera productions, which
are appreciated by opera professionals all over the world.
featuring a state of the arts performance hall, is located in a
beautiful building designed by the late Israeli architect Yaacov
Rechter, with a modern day foyer designed by renowned Israeli architect
Ron Arad, in the center of the exciting cultural hub of the city of Tel
Aviv- Yafo, the cultural capital of Israel.
Israeli Opera has established itself as one of the leading
international opera houses, featuring leading opera professionals
(singers, conductors, directors and designers) and co-produces its major
productions with some of the major opera houses around the world. The
Israeli Opera has been invited and performed in international opera
festivals around the world.
its inauguration 23 years ago, the Israeli Opera initiates a vast
education and outreach program all around Israel, in order to expose new
and different audiences to the magical world of opera and to make opera
accessible to as wide an audience as possible.
Performances are listed here.