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November 6 at 7:30, the incredibly talented Kol Avi Duo performs Schubert's "Swan Song" with Gila Perach on piano and Hannah Blachman on cello. Historical commentary by Arthur Hirsh and musical commentary by Gila Perach. 60 NIS or 50 NIS for members, students, and soldiers. 
 
"Schwanengesang," (“Swan Song”) is an exposition of Schubert’s last works which were discovered after his death. Schubert wrote the songs in 1828, his last tormented year alive. His composing skills were at their peak. The pieces are near perfect: well-balanced, full of richness, and with Schubert's flair for catchy melodies. There will be historical commentary by Arthur Hirsh and musical commentary by Gila Perach. 
 
Gila Perach studied piano and theory at Manhattan School of Music and then spent two years in Paris studying composition with the famed Nadia Boulanger and piano with Gaby Casadesus. In 1978 she entered the prestigious Academy of Music in Vienna, where she made her home for the next 38 years. She enjoyed a varied career of composing and performing music, as well as lecturing, writing and teaching the subject. This period included a five-year stint at the Vienna State Opera and one year at the Vienna Light Lyric Opera. Since making Aliyah two years ago Gila has continued to present concerts in a lecture-cum-recital format and to teach.
 
Hannah Blachman studied both cello and piano at the Montreal Conservatory, McGill University and Indiana University in Bloomington, IndianaBefore coming to Israel 30 years ago she played in the Kitchen-Waterloo, Denver, Santa Cruz, San Jose and Oakland Symphonies. She is a freelance cellist, pianist for the Cantacappella Choir and teaches music both privately and at the Arava Cultural Center in Sapir. She has performed with the Israel Sinfonietta, Beer-Sheva and the Ashdod Symphony.
 
Dr. Arthur Hirsh has a PhD in Modern European History. He taught at Boston University before taking up a career in international education teaching and administering university programs in Europe and Asia. In his last position before making Aliyah he was Director of Webster University’s campus in Vienna, Austria for 15 years.
 
 
 
 
 
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