Lorin Mazel Concert

November 15th 2009

AIMIG Association of the Italian Friends of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem has organized an ambitious and challenging event in memory of Yitzhak Rabin.

On November 15th, at 7 p.m., at the Santa Cecilia Hall in the Rome Auditorium, Master Lorin Mazel conducted the Requiem “Lament for Ytzhak Rabin” composed by the musician Dov Seltzer to commemorate the first anniversary of the terrible assassination in which Israel lost its Prime Minister. Mazel has cancelled other important events scheduled for the same evening to celebrate Rabin’s memory and their personnel friendship. He has conducted the Italian Symphony Orchestra accompanied by the Chorus of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.

This event has been attended by five highest offices in the state such as the President of the Republic, the Prime Minister, the President of the Chamber of Deputies and of Senate, the President of the Constitutional Court of Italy besides other public and private personalities.

The concert will be followed by a gala dinner in the Ninfeo of Villa Giulia the seat of the National Etruscan Museum in Rome where it has been mounted a transparent structure capable of hosting 500 guests.

Thanks to the high quality of the artists and the political and cultural personalities who attended the performance, this event – the first event ever organized in cooperation with all the European associations supporting the Israel Museum of Jerusalem – has been an excellent media event.

That way, as well as remembering the memory of an exceptional personality, AIMIG has sponsored a great project of cultural cooperation to promote and diffuse the teaching of art at school-age and preschool-age children. Public opinion is that in our country both art and music deserve more attention and more well-structured learning methods. Not only are these subjects not scheduled at all in primary schools but they seem to be taught just occasionally and never in-depth also in secondary schools.

As a result, children pay a little attention to this subject since it is considered of low importance. On the contrary, many eminent psychologists believe that studying art and music does positively influence the correct mental and moral growth of young children. That’s why, at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem a Youth Wing has been created for teaching art in an intensive way and with an innovative method. This way, Israeli and Arabian pupils and young students of every age, study, play, compare opinions, guided by teachers, artists and psychologists.

Along with commemorating Yitzhak Rabin, another purpose of the evening has been promoting the fund raising to finance scholarships for Italian students with a degree in history of arts to take specific training courses in Jerusalem thus promoting the connection between the Italian museums and the Israel Museum.

The idea of the project is to assist the graduates, once back in Italy to work with schools and museums to encourage young people to study art and to make them appreciating the beauty and the meaning of art in the hope that this would create a better society in the future.