Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Guests at the opening exercises of Shalem College in October were treated to an unexpected musical interlude: a symphonic flash mob, choreographed by Israel’s cutting-edge Revolution Orchestra.
Under the direction of composer and Shalem faculty member Roy Oppenheim, who will teach music as part of the Core Curriculum, the spontaneous performance of a selection from Edvard Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King interrupted the chamber music concert in progress.
Shalem students and faculty, starting with a lone bassoon, filed into the room and took over the stage. Then a soprano started singing the Habanera aria from the opera Carmen. The spontaneous number concluded with a grand finale: Shalem students and faculty joining the musicians on stage, percussion instruments in hand.
Shalem College (Hebrew: המרכז האקדמי שלם, ha-Merkaz ha-Akademi Shalem) is Israel's first liberal arts college, located in Jerusalem, Israel. It was established in January 2013, following accreditation by the Council for Higher Education in Israel.
A private, undergraduate degree-granting institution, Shalem College has pioneered the use of a required core curriculum for all students. The centerpiece of the college’s academic community, the Core—which includes courses in philosophy, history, the natural and social sciences, literature, and the fine arts—is unique in its integration of the study of key Western and Jewish texts.
Enjoy the concert!
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(A tip of the kippah to Sheila Zucker and a copy of the Kindle Editon of our new book, Israel is a Funny Country, for bringing this video to our attention.