Why is the “Band’s Visit” more than just a visit – Tower of David Sukkot

October 15, 2019
By: Joanna Shebson

Classical music is coming to the ancient Citadel this Sukkot. The Tower of David will be hosting “The Band’s Visit” a special performance with interactive workshops centered around making & listening to classical music.

The idea began when Martin & Susan Sanders decided they wanted to find a way to share their love for classical music and for Jerusalem.

A main part of the Sanders Family Foundation philanthropy is in memory of Martin’s brother, Samuel Sanders who was a world renowned pianist. In his memory, Martin & Susan established a prize at Julliard and prizes at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. They also began sharing music with the younger generation through his learning concert series for the students of the Ramaz Jewish Academy in New York. So when the right opportunity appeared in Jerusalem, they were excited to pursue it.

Together with Rose Ginosar, the Director of Development at the Tower of David, they worked on the idea of bringing a Classical Music festival to the ancient historical site. The site has been used in the past for activities like night light shows, Forbes events and even a Chihuly exhibit.

Ironically the space had not been used to promote classical music before.

The Tower of David is the ideal location to bring music into the public sphere, since King David was known for his harp and musical talents and Sukkot is a perfect time of year to enjoy music outdoors.

So this Sukkot you can expect…

  • To meet the Jerusalem Street Orchestra on the center stage every day at 4:00pm. Known for playing music in public open air spaces, the members of the Jerusalem Street Orchestra are graduates of the Academy of Music.
  • Children can enjoy hands on musical instrument workshops
  • Be a part of a musical experience in the courtyards of the ancient Citadel
  • Meet musicians
  • Challenge yourselves to some creative musical games

Dates: October 15 – 17
Times: 11:00am – 5:00pm (last entrance at 4:00 pm)

Cost: 30 NIS per person, 125 NIS per family (2 adults and up to 3 children. Each additional child: 20 NIS)

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So on behalf of locals and tourists in Jerusalem, I’d like to say thank you to Martin & Susan Sanders for sharing their love of classical music with the next generation and doing it in a way that made it accessible to all.

You have made an impact in Jerusalem with your philanthropy.

About Joanna Shebson

Joanna is the Founder and FUN Expert at Fun In Jerusalem. What started out as a mommy blog has grown into a successful tourism website. Joanna is married with three kids and lives in Katamon, Jerusalem. She loves to inspire family fun in Jerusalem.

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