The Light at the end of the tunnel

Season opening concert of the Israel Symphony Orchestra. Heichal Hatarbut Rishon Lezion, conducted by Mendi Rodan

by CHANOCH RON

Ori Kam stands on stage, a young 24 year-old Israeli, and is performing Bartok's wonderful viola concerto with astonishing maturity. I sit in disbelief: his Bartok transcends into a hymn for poetics, refinment, and personal expression. Fantastic.

Talent simply eminates from his every pore. It's not just his virtuosity, but the warmth of his playing. If only for this young discovery, the entire concert was worth it. And indeed, last night Ori was the light at the end of the tunnel.

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