In locked-down Israel, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik connects musicians at home

In locked-down Israel, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik connects musicians at home


norman lebrecht

March 25, 2020

In Israel, with one of the toughest stay-home regimes on earth, the Jerusalem Street Orchestra asked its friends, young and old, to get out their instruments and play Mozart.

The result is absolutely heartlifting. You see it here first:

Edit credits: Yuval Amit and Culiner Creative Circle.

And here’s another distanced performance from the same place:


  • Gustavo says:

    They didn’t choose Mozart’s Coronation Mass for obvious reasons.

  • aga says:

    which programme did they use??

  • Gustavo says:

    The best so far – now go for Mahler!

  • Fran Bogdanoff says:

    Outstanding – what the imagination and thinking outside a box can do!

  • Fabulous wonderful uplifting makes me smile. Keep it comingsusan says:

    Fabulous wonderful uplifting makes me smile. Keep it coming

  • Nancy Berger says:

    I’m rather fond of the player in a birthday hat!

  • Nijinsky says:

    To say something crazy, which I’ve been quite abundant in lately.

    You experience a miracle and the left brain just doesn’t have the hold it used to have on sanity, I even piped myself up with enough coffee to turn it off a bit, quite severely at times, but anyhow. I’ll find better means now. I was simply at a loss to.

    What I understand, which is completely out of bounds, and fortunately stays there beyond “objectivity,” is that this piece was written, exactly to cheer someone up.

    Mozart’s mother had died some nine years earlier, and Wolfgang didn’t understand his father anymore, why he was so critical of him. His mother, being a spirit, appeared to him in the fireplace, something she could do without the consequent damage being in there would evoke was she not a spirit, and simply said to her son: “Leopold loves you, he’s just a silly man.”

    And Wolfgang sat down to write a little night music. A diversion that cheered him up.

    Make of it what you will….

  • Joan says:

    This is wonderful and amazing!

  • Herbert Leventhal says:

    Beautiful and inspiring to see our young people rising to the crisis. I thank G-d for that!
    Herb L

  • Paul Lang says:

    Yoffe! Todah Rabah!

  • Vicki says:

    Fabulous -and as a former flute player, I always thought conductors were superfluous

  • Dennis Pilgrim says:

    Beautiful! What a sharing. You underscore the fact that the world CAN share and unite over common appreciations. Thank you so much.

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  • Dasha says:

    I loved it, very proud thank you.JSO

  • Sheila Greenhouse says:

    As we all deal with our own varied emotions at this time, may music continue to provide us respite. ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡