Israel Programs


A Jewish Journey Through Music-with Amit Peled

Israeli-American cellist, conductor, and pedagogue Amit Peled, a musician of profound artistry and charismatic stage presence, is acclaimed worldwide as one of the most exciting and virtuosic instrumentalists on the concert stage today. Highlights of Peled’s 2019-2020 season include over twenty concerto appearances around the world; recitals with pianist Noreen Polera and Alon Goldstein; the world premiere of Joshua Bornfield’s Concerto for Cello and Choir with the Händel Choir of Baltimore; Haydn’s Cello Concerto at the Silver Lyre International Festival of Chamber Music in Saint Petersburg, Russia; the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Fundación de Orquestas Juveniles e Infantiles de Chile; and more. Peled’s conducting engagements include debuts with City Music Cleveland and the Peabody Symphony Orchestra as well as leading his own Mount Vernon Virtuosi.

Peled also performs this season with the Goldstein-Peled-Fiterstein Trio in Washington, D.C.; Yellow Springs, Ohio; and New York, NY. Peled is founder of the Amit Peled Cello Gang, a touring group composed of students from his studio at the Peabody Institute, at Johns Hopkins University, where he has taught since 2003 and was one of the youngest professors ever hired by a major conservatory. Peled is also conductor and artistic director of the Mount Vernon Virtuosi, a chamber orchestra dedicated to launching the careers of recently graduated students.
Peled is a founding member of the Tempest Trio with pianist Alon Goldstein and violinist Ilya Kaler.
Peled’s discography includes acclaimed CDs on the Naxos, Centaur, CAP, CTM Classics, and Delos labels. Upcoming album releases include a Cassado recording for Naxos and the second installment of the Bach Suites for CTM Classics. In 2017, he published a children’s book, A Cello Named Pablo.
Peled lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
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Co sponsored by Jewish Federations of Ventura County and Greater Santa Barbara.

Date: Sunday, November 22 | Time: 8:15 p.m.
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The Equalizer
Equal Opportunities in Israel’s Periphery
The Equalizer is an educational project, which aspires to allow children from marginalized communities in Israel to participate in a quality after-school program.
The program operates soccer teams, which combine practices and tournaments alongside study centers, with the goal of providing academic assistance and instilling values. Liran Gerassi, the founder & CEO of the Israel Sport & Education Initiative will share his personal story of becoming a successful entrepreneur in Israel’s social innovation field.
Date: Monday, November 23
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Meeting ID: 983 2454 8828



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