The “Days of Song” Hebrew song festival, which opens in Holon on April 14 and continues for six weeks, will feature 22 performances, some of them created especially for the festival.
The festival opens with the Cohen family’s performance of “Shirat Hashevet,” a tribute to Suleiman the Magnificent. Tzur Ben Ze’ev is musical director of “Shirat Hashevet,” and Dan Almagor, Edna Goren, Yonatan Carmon, Saraleh Sharon, accordion player Shlomo Shavit, and the “Hora Re’im” dancers from Holon will also appear.
Singer Nurit Galron, recipient of the festival’s performance prize, will perform to mark the appearance of her new album, “What Heaven Gives.” Galron will host poet Natan Zach and musicians Yizhar Ashdot, Ilan Virzberg, Rona Keinan, and Shila Ferber.
Prizes for the best work will be awarded to songwriter, poet and author Yoram Taharlev, and Matti Caspi; performances will include the Parvarim, Shlomit Aharon, Ran Eliran, Limor Oved, Ilan Weil, Hazvuvonim, Gabi Berlin, Ehud Hitman, and the Central Command Entertainment Troupe.
Other special performances at the festival include Miki Gavrielov singing songs of the poets and hosting Danny Litani and Shira G., Moshe Becker and Ruti Navon in a performance in memory of Rafi Pesachson, the launching of the premiere album of Din Din Aviv, a one-time performance by Esther Ofarim with Yoni Rechter and Miri Masika, and a performance in memory of Yair Rosenblum with “Kolot Besdera” and the Holon choir and Yair Shragai as master of ceremonies.
This year festival management has decided to focus on contemporary Israeli music, and the main performances every evening will include outstanding Israeli rock artists such as Eran Tzur, Shlomi Shaban, Yasmin Even, Shahar and Ehud Ariel, Hazvuvonim, Keren Peles, Ehud Hitman, Tamir Hitman, Shila Ferber, and Ofer Bashan.
In addition, the Holon Theater’s cafe will hold evening singalongs with Gabi Berlin, Yossi Lev, Gila Hassid, and Uzi Rosenblatt, and an arts fair will be held in the theater plaza.