Reporting by Leah
The America-Israel Cultural Foundation (AICF) held its sold out 71st Anniversary Gala Concert on October 17, 2010. Over 1100 people attended this beautiful Gala Concert at theFrederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, inNew York City.
This year’s Gala included a VIP reception prior to the concert and celebrated recipients, past and present, in music, dance, and the visual arts.
Gil Shaham and Orli Shaham
Tal Adler-Arieli and Joseph Chaikin, dancing to original choreography and accompanied by cellist Inbal Megiddo
The musical group Shorashim, led by Magda Fishman and including Gilad and Yuval Cohen, Nadav Snir, and Ofer Assaf.
Rising young stars Motti Bentov (age 13, piano) and Mark Karlinsky (age 10, violin) performed beautifully and joinedthe AICFfrom Israel. Also featured were pianist Igal Kesselman, accompanying Mark Karlinsky. A pictorial history of AICF, as well as selections from alumni visual artists, were featured in the Rose Hall Atrium. Tickets started at $200.
About the America-Israel Cultural Foundation:
The America-Israel Cultural Foundation was founded in 1939 to support artistic life in Israel. From 1964 to 2002, it was led by the late virtuoso violinist Isaac Stern. AICF is the principal private funder of the arts in Israel and has been that nation’s primary supporter of art, design, music, dance, film/TV and theatre. Since its founding, AICF has played a leading role helping develop and fund many of Israel’s largest cultural institutions. Most of Israel’s finest artists in every discipline have received scholarship assistance from AICF. Among these are musicians Daniel Barenboim, Anat Cohn, Avishai Cohen, Gil Shaham, Itzhak Perlman, and 60 percent of the members of the Israel PhilharmonicOrchestra, visual artists Menashe Kadishman andMichal Rovner, choreographerOhad Naharin, filmmakers NirBergman, and many others.
For more information on the AICF please visit their website at www.aicf.org.