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D'or puts Israeli spirit to song

SHANGHAI World Expo saw a grand National Pavilion Day show yesterday as an extraordinary audio-visual feast was presented by the Israel Pavilion.

Israeli artists combined with Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra to present "The Spirit of Israel" show at Expo Culture Center.

The Israeli touch was firmly established by the extraordinary counter-tenor David D'or and the Hora Jerusalem Dance Troupe.

The show combined ancient and modern, tradition and innovation and unfolded a rich and fertile story about Israel's various cultures and the links between Israel and China.

D'or, who boasts a unique voice range of four octaves and has performed for the Pope at the Vatican and the King of Thailand, presented a variety of classics of Jewish and world music, including the Chinese song "Date in the Yurt" ("Aobao Xianghui").

"This concert is a journey of music from the Western and Israeli classics to very modern new songs," D'or said. "China and Israel share something in common, as during the past six decades both have experienced tremendous change or development.

"I want to expose something deep from the souls of Israeli and of Jerusalem though my music."

The show marked D'or's first performance in Shanghai.

"It's a great, great surprise for me. Shanghai is such an amazing city," he said.

"It's a combination of the West and the East. Just as the essence of World Expo is to bring many cultures and ideas into one place, it is also a little similar to my music."

Performing with D'or were Hora Jerusalem and Hora Efrochim, two dance troupes that represent the highest level of Israeli dance art and embody the essence of Israeli traditional dance and the charm of modern dance.

Born in Israel, D'or was enchanted by beautiful prayer songs he heard as a child at home and in the synagogue.

By collecting holy songs, ancient chants, Yemenite Jewish songs of prayer and Sabbath tunes such as "Lecha Dodi," the singer, with his band of young virtuoso musicians from North Africa, the Middle East and the Balkans, created a show, mixing modern musical elements with old classics.


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