ISRAELI WHIPPED CREAM (“KATZEFET”) IN HUNGARY, TOO
By Danny Noiman
(KATZEFET joined the virtual “Choir Hall of Fame” as it merged with ROSH TOV after their successful joint concert tour in Germany in April, 2011 )
The “Katzefet” choir has was established by Jeanne Rabin in 2004. Under her “baton”, this group of amateur singers became a wonderful vocal ensemble with substantial achievements to its credit.
At the “Sulam Mila” competition in 2006, they received a gold medal
The summer of 2008 brought an invitation to participate in the prestigious “Vivace” competition/festival in Veszprem, Hungary along with seven other choirs from Taiwan, Turkey, Portugal, Lithuania, Latvia, Macedonia and Finland. The festival opening in the community center brought all the choirs together to sing (what the Hungarians called) the “common pieces”; songs all had prepared at home in advance. “Katzefet’s” confidence was a bit shaky after hearing the voices surrounding them. “We felt as if those young singers were all sight-reading professionals, way out of our league”, says one “Katzefet” member. “But Jeanne took us in hand, and with no pity on us or on herself, polished our performance in the two days we had left till the competition. She kept stressing the fact that though the other choirs may perhaps have an edge on us vocally, we have something special of our own to offer: we can give the audience a show they won’t forget!” And she was right. “Katzefet” rose to the occasion and gave its best performance to date.
Back home in Israel: During Succoth 2008, “Katzefet” continued the momentum with first place (out of 21 choirs from all over the country) in the “Kol Rishon” choir competition sponsored by “Mila”.
Comments about “Katzefet” from the esteemed judges of the “Kol Rishon Competition, 2008”:
Dr. Aharon Charlap:
“Very musical. Excellent arrangements. Good dynamic changes, phrases and rhythmic intensity.”
Dr. Michael Wolpe:
“Humor-filled staging … Brilliant arrangements … The French chanson impeccably performed – wow!”
Dr. Moshe Zorman:
“Stylized, good singing. Good sound! Full of vitality! Clean!!! A wide dynamic range. Very musical.”