The 23rd Zimriya

World Assembly of Choirs in Old Acre, Israel

5-15 August 2013


The 23rd Zimriya, celebrating 60 years of activities, will hold the biggest musical & cultural event in the subterranean Crusaders Knights’ Halls and open space areas in the spectacular old historic town of Acre

For 10 days, in the summer of 2013, we will hold a celebration of Choral Music: a festival including workshops and concerts of choirs and ensembles from all over the world, which will gather to create a unique sound of choral music.

This magic will happen in the in spectacular Old City of Acre. Workshops of various choral music, led by world known conductors, as well as public concerts and ‘Choir to Choir’ performances, will be held day and night throughout the Zimriya; ‘Open Stage Performances’ of choirs, singing groups and ensembles will take place in the crescents of Acre during this festive celebration as well.

The well-known and experienced Israeli conductor, Michael Shani, will lead the Music Committee of the 23rd Zimriya.


The following world known conductors will lead workshops in the 23rd Zimriya:

  1. Anton Armstrong, USA –                            Robert Ray: Gospel Mass
  2. Frieder Bernius, Germany –             J. Hayden: Nelson Mass
  3. Timothy C. Brown, UK –                    The Great Choruses of J.S. Bach
  4. Gabor Hollerung, Hungary –            Oratorio Music
  5. Joshua Jacobson, USA –                            Jewish Music
  6. Sarah E. A. MacDonald, UK –            Women Voice
  7. Theodora Pavlovich, Bulgaria –        Choral Music from the Balkan
  8. Werner Pfaff, Germany –                 Romantic Music
  9. Aarne Saluveer, Slovenia-              Choral Music from Baltic & Scandinavia
  10. Robert Sund, Sweden –                            Songs of all Nations
  11. Sanna Valvanne, Finland –              Common Singing
  12. David Zaba, Israel –                       Israeli Music
  13. Nestor Zadoff, Argentina –              Choral Music from South America