Choir News

Shalom to all.

I hope you are all surviving the hot summer. I find it quite hard to do creative work in this heat, but we don't have a choice! The December concerts are shaping up well. I am concentrating now on raising the money to do those concerts. The divorce of the United Kingdom from the European Union has made many (particularly in England) very conservative about contributions. We are going ahead with planning, nonetheless.

We are doing (as you know) my Psalm 87, the German Requiem of Brahms and a short section of Efrat Gerlich's Oratorio on the Prophet Daniel. We will do one concert at the Stricker Auditorium in Tel Aviv and one at Christ Church in Jerusalem.

An interesting side note: One of the more difficult things about doing my Psalm 87 is finding tubular bells (orchestral chimes.) I don't need the whole set, but they are hard to find in Israel. One place will rent them to me for a ridiculous amount of money. So I have been in contact with someone in England who makes them and may buy the two tones I need! Also, you might be aware that we are doing the Brahms in the Chamber Orchestra Version made by Joachim Linckelmann in 2009. I went to Stuttgart in 2011 to hear it done by Monica Meira Vasques and the “Laudamus Te” Ensemble, we then did it here in 2012 in Hebrew. When I decided to do it again this year, I wrote to Joachim Linckelmann to tell him we were doing it in Hebrew, and he offered to help prepare a master score for me with his version, but with Hebrew lyrics! He may come to hear it in December.

As you can see, the new Kamti web page is up! It still needs some tweaking, but it is finally up after much difficulty. I am looking forward to seeing all of you in October when we start rehearsals. I attach the rehearsal schedule to this message for your perusal. I am going away for most of August for a much needed holiday. Before I go, I will try to get electronic versions of the three pieces we are doing into your hands so that you may begin to learn the material.

All the best,

David Loden

April 2017 Newsletter




April 2017 Newsletter

from the desk of David Loden


To all our Friends and Supporters, shalom...

In this season of deliverance from bondage; and in remembrance of Messiah’s victory over death - may you be sustained unto life everlasting! 

In the week before Passover, we again were privileged to present three performances of Handel’s “Messiah” in Hebrew!  Over 1,000 Israelis; Jews, Arabs and friends from the nations, witnessed these performances. More than 400 Holocaust Survivors were guests for the first two evenings, and the third was a benefit concert for the relief of Syrian Refugees. We worked hard, but the Lord brought it gloriously from - 
Rehearsal                          to                          Performance!


Here are some comments from the audiences:

“In all the musical performances I have experienced, this was by far the absolute greatest!  There are no words to describe that evening. Congratulations for such an ultra special presentation.”

“Wow!!! Amazing and Beautiful!”

“My wife had purchased the concert tickets as a special gift for me. I am grateful for the opportunity to experience Messiah in this way on this day. I will never forget it.”

As you know, our particular emphasis in “Kamti” is the presentation of liturgical works in Hebrew. Many of the hearers were astounded to hear “Messiah” in that language:

"It (the "Messiah")  has been in my head all this time and now it's in my heart!"

“I did not know that Handel spoke Hebrew - Awesome revelation.”

“This was top-class - absolutely the finest rendition of Handel's "Messiah" that we've ever heard, or sang in or played in the orchestra - and all in Hebrew!!” 

We are aware that all this is made possible because of your support and prayers. This is a letter of thanks… thanks to God for his blessing, and thanks to you, our friends, for your faithfulness! 

More News from “Kamti” and the “Liturgi-Kal” Concert Choir - 

International Choir Festival - The First International Choir Festival “On the Lake”, which was scheduled to be held at the Sea of Galilee, has been cancelled for 2017 due to cancellation of two large choirs which were scheduled to come. It will be held, G-d Willing, in May of 2018.

Winter Concerts - The December concert in 2016 was a great success. We presented three pieces: “German Requiem” by Brahms (in Hebrew), “Khaze Haveit” from Daniel’s Vision by Efrat-Rachel Gerlich (in Aramaic)  and “Psalm 87” (in Hebrew) by David Loden. Here are some links to that performance:

Brahms Requiem -

Gerlich Khaze Haveit -
Loden Psalm 87 -

The Winter Concert of 2017 is well into the planning stages. Our desire is to include in that concert excerpts from the opera I wrote in 1994 “David and Bat-Sheva.” Although it was written and staged 23 years ago, it was ahead of its time. We have felt that it is the right time for a full production! We will do portions of it in December without staging and scenery. If the Lord blesses us to present it fully staged in 2018, we will do it! The message is one of forgiveness and restoration… very fitting for our times.   

Please pray with us regarding these plans. We depend on the prayers and support of our friends. If you wish to donate funds, here are the ways to do that:

PayPal: Click on Donate Button at Top of Page - Our webpage Donate button is a secured Gateway
All donations are secure - we use PayPal as our payment gateway, 
you do not need a PayPal account to donate with your credit card. 
Transfers: Union Bank of Israel (013) Branch: (095) Account: "KAMTI" (110-48940029)
SwiftCode: UNBKILIT   IBAN: IL380130950000048940029 

Thank you, and all God’s blessings to you, your families and ministries.  

David Loden  

“Kamti”, The Society for Cultural Excellence in Israel
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