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April 17, 1992 - Image 81

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1992-04-17

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Our Sincerest Wishes For A

Very Happy Passover

choir in Israel. On tour in
London, "Ankor" sang with
the Israel Philharmonic, con-
ducted by Zubin Mehta, at
the Barbican Center, receiv-
ing rave reviews in the press
and radio.
The high school gives a
diploma with a major in
music and dance. Students,
aged 12-18, take part in com-
petitions and student ex-
changes and perform regular-
ly before live audiences.
The Academy offers a wide
array of options in its four
departments: Performing
Arts; Theory, Composition
and Conducting; Music and
Dance Education; and Dance
and Movement and academic
degrees can be obtained in
each of these art forms.
The Academy's 200-mem-
ber faculty are the creme de la
creme of Israel's music and
dance teachers, and the
Academy's graduates are
represented in most of Israel's
professional music and dance
companies. Alumni often
teach the arts in junior and
senior high schools. In addi-
tion, students form their own
performing groups: jazz, baro-
que, and chamber ensembles;
modern and classical dance
groups; choirs and big bands,
forming the backbone of
Israel's performing arts
world.
"Artistic education is of
vital importance to a thriving

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In the international
cultural arena, the
Academy's
reputation for
excellence is
widely recognized.

country such as Israel,"
says Mr. Rodan who has head-
ed the Academy for the past
)
six years. Student groups
\__, give performances abroad
1— and music and dance ex-
changes with performing
groups in other countries are
frequent. The Academy
Chamber choir recently
returned from a very moving
concert tour in Poland, where
they met with representatives
of Poland's Jewish communi-
ty and performed at the site
of the Auschwitz concentra-
tion camp.
In the international
cultural arena, the Academy's
reputation for excellence
is widely recognized. Says
new immigrant Alberto Boh-
bouth, a promising pianist in
his third year of studies at the
Academy, "In Argentina I had
heard of the Rubin Academy
and knew I wanted to study
there when I came to Israel.
After studying here for two
years I returned to Argentina

to give a concert in the coun-
try's greatest concert hall.
Upon hearing that I studied
at the Academy, the or-
chestra's conductor was im-
mediately assured that I was
good."
"The competition is fierce,"
continues Mr. Bohbouth, "but
it pushes us to work harder.
There is also a feeling of
camaraderie, as students get
together to form performing
groups and very intense rela-
tionships develop."
This year the wave of Rus-
sian immigrants has changed
the character of the Academy.
Of the 400 students accepted
100 are Russian immigrants.
Says Ms. Tabor-Pintz, "The
Russians come with good
musical backgrounds, which
have enriched the Academy's
performing groups." Pieces
that could not previously be
played due to a lack of
violinists or bassoonists or
oboists, are now being per-
formed as the Russian im-
migrants fill these gaps.
Although 12 new Russian
faculty members have been
added to the staff, in addition
to the veteran Russian
teachers, special Hebrew
classes are held for the new
immigrants. Says Esther
Narkiss, "The Conservatory
is the first place the Russian
immigrants send their
children, for they waste no
time in finding out the best
place to study music in
Israel."
Furthermore, musical in-
struments are considered
state property in Russia, for-
cing many of the immigrants
to leave their instruments
behind. The Friends of the
Academy have purchased new
instruments for the im-
migrants to practice on while
studying at the Academy, and
practice rooms are open from
7 a.m.-midnight.
Vikki Shapiro, a 22-year-old
Russian pianist, studies at
the Academy together with
her husband Vadin and sister
Natalie. Says Vikki, "The
Academy has very good
teachers and the instruments
are far better than those we
had in Russia." She adds,
"We've been accepted very
well here, but are not sure
how we'll manage when help
from the Ministry of Absorp-
tion runs out." Vikki has
written to her musician
friends and has developed
what Tabor-Pintz calls "The
Leningrad Connection," as
more and more Russians from
Leningrad arrive to study at
the Academy based on Vikki's
recommendation.
Vikki, her husband and a
friend, a recent immigrant
who plays the bassoon, have
already started their own

baroque ensemble. They have
played at the Israel Museum
in Jerusalem, and at various
locations in Tel Aviv and Old
Jaffa. "We are used to practic-
ing very hard in Russia," says
Vikki, "so the studying at the
Academy is not difficult for
us. It's fun to be our own
agents, finding jobs and play-
ing wherever we choose."
Asked how they deal with
the language, after only a
short ulpan at the Hebrew
University, Vikki answers,
"We learn Hebrew at the
Academy in addition to our
studies. Music, however, is an
international language and
we all understand it."
"For a small country, Israel
has a high percentage of ar-
tistic performers," concludes
Mr. Rodan. "But there can
never be too many, for the de-
mand for musicians of the
Academy's caliber is very
high. ❑

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