IDF troupe -- classical style

An IDF string quartet offered soldiers a somewhat different musical experience from what they are used to.
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The IDF engineering corps unit which serves on the Hermon Mountain thought they had seen everything. But, this week, they were speechless. Four classical IDF musicians have been touring army bases around the country. These musicians are used to performing in the top halls in Israel. This is a bit different for them. 

One of the soldiers explains to the audience, “Much of the music written throughout the years has been without words – classical music, which is what we are going to play for you today.” “Mozart was a genius. He looked at music as a kind of language. This is how he expressed what he felt.” 

These musicians talk about string instruments and the development of music as a language. Not all members of the audience know quite how to take this, so the band plays tunes that are familiar to them. They even play classical versions of Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. 

Corporal Stav Gilshinsky admits that she was skeptical about performing for soldiers. “We were surprised to find how interested the audience is.” Corporal Naama Tsarfate adds, “I am proud that this is part of my army service. Usually the musicians sit in an office doing clerical work.”  By the end of the performance most of the soldiers connect to this new musical language they had never been exposed to.

Or Silko was very happy to break his routine. “It was great; I really connected to the music. They started with a version of a Middle Eastern singer, Zohar Argov and then showed us various styles. It was beautiful.” The soldiers could not decide whether to bring the string quartet or a popular Israeli singer to their next ceremony. “I want the quartet with Eyal Golan in the middle,” says Or.   

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