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Sing Hallelujah ★The First American Gospel Festival ★ 5-6/2

5 February 2020  |  19:00 | Music Center, She’arit Yisrael 10, Tel Aviv Yafo
The U.S. Embassy and Tel Aviv Yafo Municipality are proud to host the first American gospel festival in Israel – Sing Hallelujah! February 5-6, 2020 | Wed-Thu | Music Center, She’arit Yisrael 10, Tel Aviv Yafo

Join us for a two-day American-Israeli gospel music celebration, in honor of Black History Month, celebrated in the U.S. throughout the month of February.
American gospel music is beloved around the world because of its deep sounds, harmonies, and sweeping soulful rhythms. Gospel music has always served as an inspiration for many artists - including The Beatles, Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, and Aretha Franklin - and has influenced musical genres ranging from jazz to blues and rock and roll.
Gospel music also played an important role in the civil rights movement in the United States in the 1960s, and its positive, unifying messages embody the universal significance of Black History Month, which celebrates tolerance, love, cross-cultural dialogue, and hope.

The festival is sponsored by the U.S. Embassy, in collaboration with the Tel Aviv Yafo Municipality and Rimon School of Music, under the artistic director of Ofer Portugaly.

★ The Reginald Golden Singers (USA) ★
A Washington, D.C.-based gospel ensemble comprised of 12 members that has performed at the White House, collaborated with leading gospel musicians in the United States, and performed across the world as U.S. cultural ambassadors.

★ Iris and Ofer Portugaly and the Gospel Ensemble Host Sagiv Cohen ★
In a special production for the festival, "Local Gospel” will perform new adaptations of gospel songs, as well as Israeli songs with unique gospel twists.

★ New Jerusalem Fire Choir ★ African Hebrew Israelites from Dimona
The band’s repertoire includes songs from diverse genres featuring optimism, exhilaration, and love – all of which embody gospel music.

★ Rimon School of Music’s Gospel Ensemble ★ The ensemble will host Alisheva Young, Nava Christian, and Amior Reed from the African Hebrew Israelites from Dimona – 20 musicians and vocalist performing gospel classics and beloved songs.

★ Acapella Party - Total Vocal & Kol Dodi Ensemble ★
A vocal celebration performed by two leading A Cappella ensembles from the Rimon School of Music.
Total Vocal - Contemporary arrangements performed with voices and a beatbox, and no accompanying instruments.
The Kol Dodi Ensemble performs gospel arrangements for songs by leading vocal groups, alongside original adaptations.

★Gala performance featuring ensembles and festival guests ★
★ Rimon School of Music Funk Ensemble ★ The ensemble is managed by Amos Aber Hadany, and performs American funk, R&B, groove, and gospel music ★Youth music ensembles ★

50% discount to DigiTel card holders, students & senior citizens using the following promotion code: gospel.
To access this benefit, you must present the effective ID/card at the festival.
★ Proceeds from ticket sales will be contributed to scholarships for music students ★

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