Y'rushalayim Shel Zahav!

The Hineni Symphony Orchestra celebrated their first lustrum with a concert in the Fonteinkerk in Nijkerk last Saturday the 21st of April 2012. They performed  Jerusalem of Gold, which was new to me. How was this evening and how did I experienced it?

The Hineni Symphony Orchestra aims to bring comfort to the Israeli people, to show support for the Israeli through music and to gain founds to support the work of Benjamin Philip at the Hineni Center Jerusalem.

The orchestra performed music of Jewish composers: Leonard Bernstein, Maurice Ravel, Max Baruch, Ernest Bloch, George Gershwin and Aaron Copland. There were solo performances of two members of the orchestra being Rosalinde Kluck, member of the Dutch-Belgium string-quartet EnAccord, on violin playing Suite Hébraique by Ernest Bloch and Marius van Delden on violin cello playing Kol Nidrei by Max Baruch. The orchestra played the classical work before the intermezzo and after the more popular type of music such as An American in Paris by George Gershwin

The Chanson Hébraique was performed by the soprano Annemarie Ezinga and with the vocal ensemble Pilgrim's Voices she also sang Y'rushalayim Shel Zahav, Jerusalem of Gold, of Naomi Shemer. This was the first time I heard this beautiful song and the only thing I understood by its title was that it was about Jerusalem. The music and the melody moved me deeply. It's later when I listen to this song on the inter net, sang beautifully by the mezzo-soprano Israeli singer Ofra HazaY'rushalayim Shel Zahav , and I also red the translation in English - Jerusalem of Gold - I had a better understanding of the reason why this song had such an effect on me. Y'rushalayim Shel Zahav is a song with a beautiful history.

Before the intermezzo a presentation was given about Hineni Symphony Orchestra's concert tour in Israel April 2013 as a gift to the nation of Israel celebrating the State of Israel's 65th anniversary. They don't only want to give concerts, but they also want their supporters to extent free invitations as a gift to holocaust survivors to go to the concerts. I have to say, I do hope they will also think of the military veterans and of course those still in service to defend the State of Israel, keeping Israel's population safe. Not only by organizing a concert or extending invitations especially for them, but also by including music related to them in their music repertoire. Maybe even working together with Israeli military musicians. To me, ♫ Shema Israel Elohay [Hear Israel/Hear my God] is an example of a beautiful song they could perform, if possible. 

During the intermezzo I asked Mr H. Drost - the business manager of the orchestra and whom together with Mr Lubertus Leutscher, conductor of the orchestra, and Mr Roland Hulsof who is a member of the orchestra as bass-trombonist, played a key-role in founding the Hineni Symphony Orchestra. They received words of appreciation and a thank you this evening. - whether someone could read David's Psalm 122 to the audience. Why?

The reason was that I had this Psalm in my heart to be red when I attended a concert of Hineni Orchestra first time, that was March last year, but I didn't dare ask for it to be red. This time again I felt strongly about this, and I'm truly grateful Reverent Kees van Velzen (Ds.) red this Psalm, God's word, by the end of the evening. How that felt? As if by reading this Psalm they, the orchestra, accepted a personal invitation from the Almighty God and Father himself to go to Jerusalem, Israel with the promise of His blessing! I could only say, “Amen”. I'm certain God will get them there and he will bless their work in Israel greatly. I wish and hope to be there myself.

It's nice to see people dedicating their professionalism in doing this type of work for God as an encouragement and to bring comfort to the Jewish people. I'm grateful for the members of this orchestra, the complete team with them and their supporters whom make it possible for them to do this work. May God the Almighty Father bless them. I know, I went home blessed. Thank you!

1 I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD.”
2 Our feet are standing in your gates, Jerusalem.

3 Jerusalem is built like a city that is closely compacted together.
4 That is where the tribes go up— the tribes of the LORD—
to praise the name of the LORD according to the statute given to Israel.
5 There stand the thrones for judgment, the thrones of the house of David.

6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you be secure.
7 May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.”
8 For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, “Peace be within you.”
9 For the sake of the house of the LORD our God, I will seek your prosperity.
Psalm 122
(NIV), King David

God bless you,

Note: - the inter net television network Family 7 transmitted this concert /-

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Author: © Mrs A. vd Laan-LeitoPosted in: Columns