Projekt
Blau-Weiss

19.–22.1.2023
From January 19th to 22nd, 2023, the ninth edition of the Mizmorim Kammermusik Festival follows the life stages of Theodor Herzl (1860–1904) and his «Project Blue-White". Twelve concerts and a panel discussion will show musical works bridging the utopia and the reality of Zionism. With his publication "Der Judenstaat" (1896) and the First Zionist Congress, which was held for the first time in Basel in 1897, Herzl not only provided the theoretical and practical foundations for the movement for a Jewish national state, but also placed great importance to music.
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Programme

Mizmorim at Hotel Basel

Wednesday, 18. January | 19.30 h

Hotel Basel

Pre-concert | Uri Caine exclusive

Mizmorim at Hotel Basel

The composer, pianist and improviser Uri Caine, known for his ingenious combination of classical and jazz traditions at a pre-concert at the intimate setting of Hotel Basel.


Zionist Salon

Thursday, 19. January | 19.30 h

Stadtcasino Basel, Hans Huber-Saal

Opening concert | Uri Caine & Friends

Zionist Salon

Two-time ECHO Award-winning composer and pianist Uri Caine follows his Jewish roots in a program conceived especially for the Mizmorim Festival. Works by Verdi, Wagner, Johann Strauss, Beno Bloch and others, which were performed in Basel in 1898 during the Second Zionist Congress, serve as a starting point for Caine and his ensemble with Ralph Alessi (trumpet), Hana Gubenko (viola), Lukas Traxel (double bass) and Jim Black (percussion) to give a new voice to the Zionist spirit.


Mizmorim at Hotel Basel

Thursday, 19. January | 22.30 h

Hotel Basel

Late-Night | Daniel Borovitzky exclusive

Mizmorim at Hotel Basel

The pianist Daniel Borovitzky performs works by Robert Schumann and Leoš Janáček, in an exclusive late-night program at the intimate setting of Hotel Basel.


Milk and Honey

Friday, 20. January | 12.15 h

Gare du Nord – Bahnhof für Neue Musik

Concert II | Duo Goldstein-Nemtsov, Gringolts Quartet

Milk and Honey

Tehila Nini Goldstein (voice) and Jascha Nemtsov (piano) interpret a selection of songs by the early pioneers from the so-called Postcard Project by Paul Dessau, Darius Milhaud, Ernst Toch, Kurt Weill and Stefan Wolpe (Swiss premiere). In addition, the Gringolts Quartet will perform a new work by Victor Alexandru Colțea commissioned by the festival (world premiere) and the String Quartet No. 3 op. 19 by Alexander von Zemlinsky.


There is a land ...

Friday, 20. January | 18.30 h

Gare du Nord – Bahnhof für Neue Musik

Concert III | Mizmorim Festival Ensemble, Duo Goldstein-Nemtsov etc.

There is a land ...

The Mizmorim Festival Ensemble (including the Gringolts Quartet and students from the Young Artists’ Foundation) presents the overture to Wagner’s «Tannhäuser» in an arrangement by Kirsten Milenko commissioned by the festival (world premiere). Tehila Nini Goldstein (voice) and Jascha Nemtsov (piano) will interpret songs by Joel Engel (Swiss premiere), Paul Ben-Haim (Swiss premiere) and Yedidya Admon (Swiss premier). In addition, Silvia Simionescu (viola) and Daniel Borovitzky (piano) will perform «Yizkor» by Ödön Pártos.


Songs of Hope

Friday, 20. January | 20.30 h

Gare du Nord – Bahnhof für Neue Musik

Concert IV | Alexander Lonquich, Duo Goldstein-Nemtsov, Gringolts Quartet

Songs of Hope

Tehila Nini Goldstein (voice) and Jascha Nemtsov (piano) interpret songs of Vladimir Dyck (Swiss premiere) and Jakob Schönberg (Swiss premiere). In addition, the Gringolts Quartett presents a work by Victor Alexandru Coltea, and Alexander Lonquich (piano) plays the piano pieces «Georginen» by Karl Goldmark (Swiss premiere). 


Mizmorim at Hotel Basel

Friday, 20. January | 22.30 h

Hotel Basel

Late-Night | Munich Tetra Brass exclusive

Mizmorim at Hotel Basel

Munich Tetra Brass performs an exclusive late-night program with works by John Dowland, Paul Ben-Haim, Alex Vaughan and Anton Simon at the intimate setting of Hotel Basel.


Mizmorim Cinema

Saturday, 21. January | 16.00 h

Stadtkino Basel

Panel discussion with film presentation

Mizmorim Cinema

Images and Sounds from Palestine (1911–1935): historical film and sound documents from Palestine illustrate the Zionist settlement as well as encounters between different population groups. Through sound and image, Erik Petry (Zentrum für Jüdische Studien) and Heidy Zimmermann (Paul Sacher Stiftung) discuss the journey of the pioneering zionist movement.


From Jewish Life

Saturday, 21. January | 19.30 h

Stadtcasino Basel, Hans Huber-Saal

Concert V | Ilya Gringolts, Nicolas Altstaedt, Alexander Lonquich

From Jewish Life

Ilya Gringolts (violin), Nicolas Altstaedt (violoncello) and Alexander Lonquich (piano) play the Piano Trio in G major by Claude Debussy and the Piano Trio in D major op. 1 by Erich Wolfgang Korngold. In addition, they will perform piano pieces by Stefan Wolpe (Swiss premiere), the Duo op. 7 for violin and violoncello by Zoltán Kodály, «From Jewish Life» for violoncello and piano, and the movement Nigun from «Baal Shem» for violin and piano by Ernest Bloch.


Mizmorim at Hotel Basel

Saturday, 21. January | 22.30 h

Hotel Basel

Late-Night | Turicum Quartett exclusive

Mizmorim at Hotel Basel

The Turicum Quartet performs in an exclusive late-night program, Ludwig van Beethoven's string quartet at the intimate setting of Hotel Basel.


Mizmorim Kids

Sunday, 22. January | 10.00 h

Unternehmen Mitte – Safe

Concert VI | Pizz'n'Zip

Mizmorim Kids

Eleonora Savini (violin, dance and vocals) and Federica Vecchio (violoncello, dance and vocals) perform as Pizz’n’Zip in staged concerts for children and adults in a contemporary mix of music and theatre. Their wordless but virtuoso performance full of irony and lightness consists of classical as well as improvised music mixed with folk music and Jewish traditions.


Mizmorim Kids

Sunday, 22. January | 11.30 h

Unternehmen Mitte – Safe

Concert VII | Pizz’n’Zip

Mizmorim Kids

Eleonora Savini (violin, dance and vocals) and Federica Vecchio (violoncello, dance and vocals) perform as Pizz’n’Zip in staged concerts for children and adults in a contemporary mix of music and theatre. Their wordless but virtuoso performance full of irony and lightness consists of classical as well as improvised music mixed with folk music and Jewish traditions.


Artist Conversation

Sunday, 22. January | 16.00 h

Tabourettli

Concert introduction with Matan Chapnizky and Frank Lorenz

Artist Conversation

Artist Conversation with Matan Chapnizky (Duo Chaco-04) und Frank Lorenz (Journalist , Board member Christlich-Jüdische Arbeitsgemeinschaft)


Mizmorim Jazz

Sunday, 22. January | 17.00 h

Tabourettli

Concert VIII | Chaco-04, Haggai Cohen-Milo

Mizmorim Jazz

The Israeli duo Chaco-04 with Matan Chapnizky (saxophone and keyboard) and Adam Cohen (drums) together with Haggai Cohen-Milo (double bass) explore sonic contrasts in the field of tension between tradition and modernity, improvisation and composition as well as acoustic and electronic music – reflecting aspects of the European musical epoch from 1860 to 1948 fused with echoes from modern Israel.