Arad Choir

Arad, Israel

Ronen Ben David - conductor

Folk Section

Title Composer Lyrics
En Davar / There is nothing Nurit Hirsh Ehud Manor
Mi Haiish / Who is the man Baruch Chayyat From The Bible, Psalm 42
Alfonsina and the sea Ariel Remirez Felix Luna
Matana / A Gift Rachel Shapira Gavri Mazor

The Arad Choir was founded in 1974 by the late composer Joseph Hadar, and is operating within the local Community Center in Arad. The Choir consists of about 50 amateur singers. Their repertoire is based largely on Israeli folk songs. The Choir participates in several national and municipal events every year and cooperates with other choirs and music groups. The Choir performs at international festivals and for Jewish and other communities. The Choir has done so in Switzerland, England, the USA, France, Finland, Romania, Spain, Italy, Portugal and San Marino.

The activity of the choir was one of the main foundations of the establishment of the Hebrew Song Festival that takes place in Arad every summer.

Ronen Ben David was born in Israel where he began his musical education with the study of piano and classical organ. He studied with Valerie Miesky and Prof. Isaac Saday. He has established and led several choirs such as the choir of the Israel Aerospace Industries and the choir of the Standards Institute of Israel; however, his major interests are the folk choirs. Besides choral conductor, he has worked as a piano accompanist and has accompanied some of the most famous Israeli performers and groups. From 1993 to1999, he composed music for productions of the Cameri Theater and Habima.

Arad is a town with 30,000 inhabitants. The town is located on the southern border of the Judah desert, above the famous Dead Sea. The town is famous for its clean and dry air.

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