Monday, June 06, 2005

Ilan, Ilan

The Jerusalem Post reports on today's world premiere of "Ilan, Ilan, How Will I Bless You?", a musical tribute to the late Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon, that was composed by Elli Jaffe.
e might not be the only kippa-wearing conductor in the world, but it's probably safe to say that Jerusalem-born composer and musician Elli Jaffe is the only one who conducts orchestras with tzitzit dangling at his side.

This Monday, Jaffe will present the world premiere of "Ilan, Ilan, How Will I Bless You?" at an 80th anniversary benefit concert for Amit at the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center.

The work is in memory of Israeli astronaut Colonel Ilan Ramon, who was killed with his whole crew in February 2003 when the space shuttle Columbia broke up 16 minutes before its scheduled landing.