The Kfar Shmaryahu Choir under the baton of Moshe Rasiuk has been in existence in its present form since the spring of 1991.
The Choir has 40 members, all amateurs, who in their everyday lives come from many of the free professions. Although music is not always their principal occupation, they see their singing not only as a means of spending some of their leisure time together, but rather as a cultural objective as well. At their weekly rehearsals, emphasis is laid on voice exercises and on studying musical pitch.
The repertoire includes A-capella works from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Classical and Romantic period works are accompanied on piano. The choir also performs Israeli compositions and songs, which are especially arranged for it. Here the emphasis is placed on songs originating from different ethnic groups in the Diaspora, e.g. Turkey, Yemen, Spain etc., highlighting their individual characteristics and musical colours.
The choir plays an active role in Kfar Shmaryahu Community activities, performing on festive occasions, at literary meetings and at memorial ceremonies. In addition, it has performed in many other parts of Israel, at Kibbutzim and in large towns and cities.
The choir has made successful concert tour in Europe:
* September 1994 - a concert tour in north Germany and Denmark
* October 1996 - a concert tour in Austria and Switzerland
* September 1999 - a concert tour in the Netherlands
* September 2002 - a concert tour in Italy (see photo)
* October 2005 - a concert tour in Spain
* July 2009 - the Verona-Garda Choral Festival (see photo)
Pazit Gal - the pianist
Pazit Gal is the pianist of the Kfar Shmaryahu choir since 1993. She is a graduate of the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel-Aviv and won first prize in the Academy Competition for Chamber Groups in 1982. Accompanies singers and choirs, participates in chamber groups and accompanies on the piano in the Academy of Music in Jerusalem. Was the pianist of the "Cameran Singers"(1986-1987), and of the "Hemiola" choir since 1991.
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