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Jerusalem Symphony pays tribute to Shira Banki

The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra premieres Daniel Markovich’s ‘Holes in Time’ as part of its opening season concert.


The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra opens its 2016/2017 concert season with the world première of Holes in Time by 27-yearold Israeli composer Daniel Markovich. It was written in memory of Shira Banki, the 16-year-old girl murdered by a religious fanatic at the 2015 Jerusalem Pride Parade.

“The piece was commissioned by the orchestra. Less than a year ago, the JSO composer-in-residence Aviya Kopelman approached me, saying that they had heard my music and liked it and wanted me to compose a piece for the orchestra. I had mixed feelings of happiness and sadness because just a few months had passed since Shira’s murder,” says Markovich. “This is an eight and a half-minute orchestral piece, with the noticeable presence of a harp in the score. I tried to make the piece as melodic as possible. Melody is what I miss a lot nowadays, both for my ear and composing. There is a melody in the piece that really leads the music.”

“First of all, melodic does not necessarily mean something nice and sweet. For me, it is a tool to advance the story, to present what is important for me and something to identify with. Second, although it was a violent act, the image of Shira really haunted me during the entire process of composing the piece. I tried to liberate myself from it but failed. It was like an inner voice that constantly sounded in my head,” he says.

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