Tastes and Sounds at Dan Eilat
BY Dan Magazine DATE 20/06/2016
Guests at the Eilat Chamber Music Festival at the Dan Eilat Hotel , enjoyed quality and diverse music intertwined with a luxurious accommodation and surprising culinary experience.
Itױs fantastic to report full halls bursting with lovers of classical music׃, concludes Elad Uzan, the music critic of Yediot (national newspaper) with his coverage of the 11th Chamber Music Festival at the Dan Eilat which attracts renowned musicians from around the world. Dan Eilat hosted the festival during the month of February.
The festivalױs rich and varied program included two international orchestras; the French Dissonances Orchestra in their debut show in Israel led by French conductor and violinist David Grimal and the German Kln Concerto Orchestra specializing in traditional music. This year the festival also featured a special Ladino Spanish and Moroccan program alongside flamenco and a concert for the whole family especially for children.
The Dan Hotel Chain is the main sponsor of the festival for the fourth consecutive year and as such, Dan Eilat hosts all the festivalױs concerts and artistױs classes. The festivalױs opening cocktail party was held at Dan Eilat, amongst the 300 chamber music lovers present were Mr. Meir Shamgar, former President of the Israeli Supreme Court and his wife, with Mayor of Eilat, Meir Yitzhak Halevi, Raffi Sadeh, General Manager of the Dan Hotel Chain, together with Lior Mucznik , General Manager of Dan Eilat.
Many distinguished persons attended this special event including Mickey Federmann, Chairman and Controlling Shareholder of Dan Hotels and his wife Leora, Ami Federmann, Vice Chairman of Dan Hotels, Carmi Gillon, former head of װShin Betױ, Dalia Rabin, Tali Lipkin-Shahak, Dan Hotel Senior Management and the festival directors headed by Leonid Rozenberg.
Dan Hotels General Manager Raffi Sadeh, raised already high expectations when he promised that ׂlots of music and culinary surprises await the festivalױs guests׃. He later remarked on the cooperation between Dan Hotels and the Eilat Chamber Music Festival saying, Dan Hotels has a commitment to promote art and culture in the country, so it is only natural for us to sponsor this important festival for the fourth consecutive year.
The best chefs in teamwork
At the Dan Eilat, they didnױt just provide a superb venue for the festival performances This year the culinary theme took on a completely different route and together with the wonderful music provided the festivalױs VIP guests with an appetizing surprise. The hotel lobby was transformed into a market-inspired deli reminiscent of the Levinsky Market in Tel Aviv where a special breakfast serving a variety of typical foods that characterize the market was served.
Dan Hotelױs top team of chefs and pastry chefs were recruited to ensure the success of this special event. Chef Dudu Biton, King David; Chef Eric Porat Dan Accadia; Pastry Chef Gabby Elmakayes, Dan Eilat; Pastry Chef Malkiel Yitzchakov, Dan Accadia and Pastry Chef Maya Revivo all joined forces with Chef Ofir Kedem from Dan Eilat, who conducted the entire operation and logistics. We simulated the Levinsky Market with all its produce at the Dan Hotel Eilat,׃ says Kedem, who found it hard to conceal his pride on this perfect culinary challenge, ׂSpeciality deli fare, tables made from piles of stacked wooden pallets, a cheese refrigerator, old fashioned enamel tableware and a feast for the eyes.
Everyone was literally amazed׃. ׂThe colours, smells and tastes of the market together with delicacies that included smoked fish, special kinds of cheese and pickles all made a unique and exceptional breakfast experience.
After each concert, guests were invited to a variety of hot soups and baked pastries while enjoying the sounds of classical guitar, piano, saxophone or violin in a musical atmosphere that characterized the event.
During the festival visitors enjoyed the contemporary art exhibition ׂEye to Ear׃ brought by the Lemon Frame Art Gallery. The exhibition, displayed in the foyer of the concert halls, uniquely demonstrated the relationship between art and music through the works of contemporary Israeli and international artists. Among other exhibits, a first time showing of British photographer Paul Sharifױs series of some of the earliest photographs of the װBeatlesױ, from the bandױs early days.
ׂDemand is growing from year to year for the various concerts and accommodation packages that combine concert entrance tickets,׃ concludes Lior Mucznik, General Manager of Dan Eilat, ׂthis year almost all of 17 concerts were װsold outױ, and the combination of wonderful music and the unique culinary experience contributed to a remarkable and successful festival.
Written by Dan Magazine