Concert in Prague, Czech Republic
with Esther Ofarim
foto © by els.gesellschaft.wtal.de
Esther Ofarim performed in concert on October 22th
in the library of the city of Prague (in the new city hall) at 20.00 h.
Esther Ofarim, live in Prague 2004 - fotos © by
"Ve'ulai - und vielleicht - a
Esther Ofarimová in
Concert review by Roel van Nieuwenhoven
||From October 16-24, 2004
the Else Lasker-Schüler Gesellschaft organized a
forum in the city of Prague, Czech Republic. Main theme of the
Exile and Persecution of Minorities: forbidden Art in past and
It was not accidental that Prague was chosen out of the new
Eastern-European cities that joined the EU this spring.
Prague with its glamourous past is a city where minorities always
flourished in spite of the atrocities that took place in the last
As Hajo Jahn, chairman of the EL-S Gesellschaft, said when he
Esther to the audience: Prague is a city with three cultures and
Czech, a Jewish and a German soul.
In fact the two concerts organized by the EL-S Gesellschaft embraced
main theme of the forum and brought two important artists, the other
Udo Lindenberg, for the first time to Prague.
On Friday October 22, Israeli singer Esther Ofarim who lives in
gave an outstanding performance in the big hall of the National
Esther sang a variety of her well-known Israeli ballads, songs that
never been sung before in this city. The other songs, most of them
English were composed by Randy Newman, John Lennon and Kurt Weill.
last one managed to escape from the Nazi regime and fled to the USA
At the end of the concert there were standing ovations and on
Esther sang once more Weill's September Song.
One of the Israeli titels was Ve-ulay meaning Perhaps in English.
little luck Esther Ofarim will appear on other Eastern-European
too, and delight us again with her wonderful art of singing......
||List of Songs:
Shirat hanoded (ziununai haderech)
Cancion para dormir a un negrito
Ma omrot einayich
In Germany before the war
A short instrumental
intermission of Yoni Rechter and Michael Paweletz,
followed by Yoni singing a song from Nathan Zach, who is famous in Israel
for his Hebrew translations of the poetry of Else Lasker-Schüler.
Shir eres, Do do l'enfant do
Ten li yad
She is leaving home
Me emek ve givea
Bird on a wire
Moon of Alabama
Shir aviv, Gruss
September Song, reprise
Esther Ofarim: vocals
Yoni Rechter: piano and vocals
Michail Paweletz: violin
Many thanks to Roel van Nieuwenhoven
for his review and Christian
Woile for the fotos!
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