About Abu-Gosh Festival
The Abu-Gosh Festival is the leading and most important festival in the Israeli vocal music scene. The Festival has existed in its present layout since 1992, and it takes place twice a year – on Sukot and Shvuot – lasting between three to five days each time.
The Festival’s concerts are performed in two churches: the Crusader-Benedictine Church, built in the 12th century, situated in the heart of the village; and the Kiryat Ye’arim Church, situated at the top of the hill, overlooking Abu-Gosh.
Twice a year, the village of Abu Gosh becomes a paradise for vocal music lovers, who come in their thousands from all over the country and turn Abu Gosh and its churches into a colorful vocal locale of festivities.
Hanna Tzur is the Music Director of the Abu Gosh Festival since 1995, and has served as conductor and musical director of the Ramat-Gan Chamber Choir for 27 years.
A contralto, Ms. Tzur has appeared as soloist with the major orchestras and conductors in Israel. She is a graduate of the School for Music Teachers and the Musicology Department of the University of Tel-Aviv. She spent 10 years as Assistant Conductor to Ziggy Shtederman of Abu Gosh Festival.
Ms. Tzur has conducted major works such as Bach’s Mass in B Minor and Johannes Passion, Handel’s Messiah and Dixit Dominus, Requiems by Mozart, Brahms, Fauré and Bruckner; masses by Rossini, Puccini and Mozart, Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and Gloria, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater and works by Israeli composers, including Eyal Batt and Ella Sheriff/Nava Semel. These works were performed with the leading orchestras and musicians in Israel, including the Kibbutz-Netanya Chamber Orchestra, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, and musicians from the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2011 Ms. Tzur conducted a concert featuring Danil Triponov, winner of the Rubinstein International Piano Competition, in Johannes Brahms’ “Love Song Waltzes”.