Sunday, March 20, 2011


Tuna, corn -- most, perhaps all, cans (tins) sold in Israel have pull-open toms, sort of like American sardine tins. Bemusement is likely to be the reaction of an Israeli reading about the forgotten can opener in Jerome K. Jerome's Three Men in a Boat ( ).

Copyright 2011 Jane S. Fox


Thursday, March 03, 2011

Free Lecture, Inexpensive Concert

At the start of the intermission of Monday afternoon free concerts, the radio announcer often announces a large to huge discount on tickets for the Wednesday evening concert of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. If you don't understand Hebrew, you won't understand, but someone on one side or the other of you will translate if you ask. The Jerualem Symphony's ticket office is in the lower lobby of the concert hall. During intermission or immediately after the concert you can buy the discounted ticket there.

My discounted ticket for Wednesday's concert cost less than $10.

Wednesday concerts start at 8. At 7 there is a free lecture. The current conductor lectures in English. Very interesting and he takes questions about anythign to do with the program, orchestra, and music in gerenral at the end of the lecture. There's no ticket taker for the lecture, so you can go to that even if you are not going to the concert.

Someone asked about the transparent baffles behind some of the second violinists. They are to protect their hearing. The brasses are right behind. Rachmaninoff's seldom played symphony uses brasses at full volume.

Copyright 2011 Jane S. Fox

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

English Surtitles

Ocassionally the Jerusalem theater projects surtitles over a play, as they did Suday night with "Thrill My Heart." If you don't understand Hevrew but want a taste of Hebrew theater, see one of these.

Copyright 2011 Jane S. Fox