June 30, 2021, Maariv Onine
On Saturday afternoon, Aharoni will conduct the Udiana choir, which she founded and directs. This performance is one of ten "Concerts Plus" shows, part of a musical weekend of the Felicja Blumenthal Association at the Suzanne Dellal Center. In the performance, “When a Light Glows in His Window”, Udiana will salute Sasha Argov, one of our greatest composers, on the 25th anniversary of his death (nine months late due to corona). This is quite likely to be a musical delight, as the songs will be performed in new arrangements written by leading Israeli composers.
Amongst the composers who answered her call are ... continue reading
Manager of the Conservatory of Music at Mevasseret Zion
and member of the Israeli Brass Quintet
During the past year I was honored together with the Israeli Brass Quintet to participate in a special and unusual concert with the Udiana Choir and its conductor, Anat Aharoni. The concert was originally constructed with difficult and challenging materials. In every concert they sang beautifully at a very high standard. We finished each concert with a feeling of wonder that we had just experienced something deep and meaningful. I warmly recommend this amazing choir. Their seriousness, the level of singing, and the depth of their work make them a choir of the first degree in Israel, and worthy of significant support.
It really was a pleasure in every way: The choice of the unusual repertoire, the varied structure of the program, the developments on stage from the very first moment, the flowing passages connecting one song to another, the aesthetic ‘look’ of the choir, [...] the varied and moving directions to the choir members, and precise execution of the pieces in all their variety of styles. I was very happy to hear [...] all the subtleties of emotion expressed in the work in the singing of your choir. The piece by Hagar Kadima was presented with great force to the audience in all its complexity. [...] "In my garden" (Begani) moved me to tears and “Prayer for Rain” (Tfillat Hageshem) caused ... continue reading
Music Critic, Haaretz
I experienced both admiration and envy at a concert of the Udiana Choir, conducted by Anat Aharoni. Any link to the "Werther" opera by Massenet is by association only. The concert by the Udiana Choir, based in Kibbutz Harduf (north of Alonei Abba), aroused admiration for the clear clean singing and the pleasant appearance (of the men too!) and envy of the lifestyle of the ensemble participants; as indicated by the website of the Udiana Choir.
The program of compositions by women (or of women, such as Monteverdi's "Lamento L’Arianna") was well edited. We were brought into the picture – into an atmosphere that can… continue reading
Conductor and Musical Director
I had the opportunity more than once in the past few years to listen to the singing of this choir in live concerts throughout the country. On each occasion I was most impressed by the results of Anat's work. She sets the bar high for her singers, which is expressed by the homogenous, clean, stylized singing and unique vocal aesthetics.
Many thanks for the wonderful concert! It is a beautiful program and the direction of the content is lovely. I have the greatest respect for your high quality work, which is evident in every detail. I thoroughly enjoyed the performance of the piece! It is so much fun to work with you!
Rika Bar Sela
Editor, Kol Hamusica
The program is beautiful, interesting, varied, and undoubtedly a real challenge. The chorus has its own ‘color’, and it is beautiful, and its members respond to what you ask of them. You, Anat, are radiant and radiating, and the choir responds, and it is so wonderful to see and hear. [...] Regards, and thanks for the lovely evening.
Dr. Michael Wolpe
Composer and Pedagogue
The performance of the choir was certainly one of the best surprises I had at this year's music festival. [...] In some of the songs, Anat combined movement that perfectly matched the ability of the choir singers and conveyed a communal spirit, a genuine enjoyment of the ensemble's artistic work, and human warmth that touched the hearts of the audience.
Conductor and Composer
Once again I had the opportunity to work with this excellent group. It is clear to me that the choir has strengthened and become worthy of praise, and is even more musical and exciting. I have no doubt that they deserve all the encouragement and support they need to fulfill their wonderful potential. I expect that with the choir’s high vocal level, with the correct cultivation, together with their energetic and very talented conductor, Anat Aharoni, will surely bring great happiness to young and old audiences, and as a result they will make a huge contribution to the vocal arena in Israel.
I strongly recommend going and participating in the experience.
The performance is not just about silence and noise, but actually brings the audience into a shared experience with the performers. It is built in such a way that there are no breaks between the songs, and there is no applause. There is a continuous experience of clean and amazing playing of the Israeli Brass Quintet. great choir singing, lighting and precise choreography. You find yourself in a strong, deep listening experience. You are the silence ... You are the noise ...
And it's not easy to get quality like this.
This is not an ordinary performance. It's a deep inner experience.
Beyond that, the materials are very interesting, very unusual - but charming and harmonious in their own way. I enjoyed myself thoroughly. Thanks.
A few months ago I attended a very special concert by the Kolot Hasadeh (Udiana) Choir at the Scottish Church in Jerusalem. The concert, titled "Song to the Land", contained a repertoire dealing with the earth from all corners of the globe – a repertoire full of innovation and imagination.
The choir sang at a professional level and also presented very interesting movements while singing. The choir managed to enthral the audience from the beginning of the evening to its end.
Anat Aharoni, who studied choral conducting at the academy, is an excellent conductor who makes no compromises in her work with her choir, and this is reflected throughout the concert.
In addition to this, she composed the most impressive piece of the concert.
I warmly recommend her and her chorus and support their future endeavors.
Broadcaster and Musical Editor at "Kol Hamusica"
In an interview with Anat Aharoni on the 'Silence' programme: