The Haifa Symphony Orchestra
The Haifa Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1950 and in recent years has become the focal point of musical life in Haifa and the north of Israel. The Orchestra, which is the most significant musical institute in northern Israel, has recently expanded its activities throughout the country. World acclaimed Maestro Noam Sheriff, one of Israel's most versatile musicians, is the musical director of the HSO.
More than five thousand subscribers of all ages attend six subscription programs: The Classical Series, The Vocal Series, Haifa Proms, Friday Morning Classics, The Children's Series & The Chamber Music Series. The orchestra also offers annual opera productions for the benefit of our northern audience.
Community and Outreach
The Orchestra produces numerous programs for the community. These include:
• Chazanut series (Jewish Cantorial music)
• Popular concerts such as: "AbbeyRoad" with Jeremy Kaplan, "Sounds of America" with the Hebrew Soul Singers from Dimona, among others.
• Performances at city festivals and events: light music concerts in the park, Independence Day and Memorial Day concerts.
• The Orchestra takes part in the "Kadma" & "Israeli Notes" programs which educate today's youngsters to become the audiences of tomorrow. This program provides informal meetings and concerts at elementary schools followed by a concert with the full orchestra at the Haifa Auditorium. For many of the 2,500 children, this is their first exposure to classical music.
• The Orchestra holds master classes uniquely designed for young creative musicians.