Liat Itzhaki – HaOr Shelach (“Your Light”)
An original musical production, enrapturing and heart-warming, accompanied by first-rate musicians
In this performance, Liat combines the special and stirring Jewish women’s songs that have won her awards and public acclaim; Jewish music; piyyutim; Israeli classics with Liat’s own unique twist; and entertaining dialogue and stories on home life, femininity and family. Over the past few years, Liat has put on this performance on stages throughout Israel and around the world. Sometimes, she appears with other artists, including Jacky Levy, Mira Awad, Lea Shabat, and the Rebbetzin Yemima Mizrachi.
“A wonderful performance! Liat has the voice of a nightingale, singing both well-known and original songs that draw the audience in like magic. We were treated to a professional show, with a group of superb musicians led by Liat. Between the songs, Liat wove in humor, family, and longing, and managed to connect to everyone there. Highly recommended.” Chavatzelet Aharoni, coordinator of social services, Clalit HMO
M’Andalusia b’Ahava (“From Andalusia with Love”)
An authentic and thrilling Andalusian performance, accompanied by a professional ensemble of between four and 25 musicians
Liat and the ensemble specialize in providing a show that faithfully presents the musical tradition that began in the Golden Age of Spain – Ladino, flamenco, music from the Magreb and North Africa, and classic Israeli tunes, in refreshing Andalusian adaptations.
In this performance, the audience travels back in time to the world of the piyyut and the Jewish melody, beginning with the expulsion from Spain and culminating with the establishment of the State of Israel.
Other shows in this series: K’she’Opera Pogeshet et haPiyyut with the Israel Netanya Kibbutz Orchestra and operatic singer Hadar Atari; From the Village of Todra to Jerusalem with the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion, the liturgical poet Emil Zrihan and the singer Shlomo Bar.
“Thank you for an unforgettable evening! It was just unbelievable! We were all enjoyed the great Authentic music and fascinated by the stories”.The Jewish community ,Helsinki, Finland
“The concert was a celebration of sounds, tastes, and styles. There was Eastern and Western music all on one stage, led by two women. One – the opera singer Hadar Atari – is a star in her field and one of the outstanding opera singers in Israel. The other, Liat Itzhaki, is an innovative singer and liturgical poet.” Chen Boker, Achbar ha’Ir
Ke’arot shel Ahava (“Cups of Love”)
A touching and inspiring musical-theatrical production, born of the partnership between the actress and director Michal Hadar-Peretz and Liat Itzhaki.
In this show, Michal travels through time accompanied by her mother, the poet Tania Hadar z”l. She returns to her childhood, separated and full of longing. She grows up and continues forward. The backdrop to the show are Tania’s poems, set to music composed by Liat Itzhaki and sung in Liat’s stirring, powerful voice. The music and the brave, funny monologues touch all of us – parents, children, and dreamers – to the core.
“This show looks deep inside of us. It is insanely funny, moving and feminine – every woman must see it and if possible, with her mother...”
Dikla Gal-Ed, nrg
“Liat Itzhaki has a resonating, angelic voice that plucks at our heartstrings and adds an emotional quality to the performance.”
Miri Ben David-Livi, Yediot Aharonot
Petach Lanu Sha’ar (“Open the Gate for Us”)
A performance of selichot and spiritual renewal
In this show, Liat brings together songs and piyyutim for selichot (the penitential period leading up to Rosh haShana and Yom Kippur) and magically intermingles them with dialogue, midrash, and stories that are both entertaining and thought-provoking, suitable for selichot, for new beginnings, and anytime. Liat performs the best piyyutim in her own inimitable, powerful way. Avinu Malkeinu, Adir v’Naor, Shir haTikva, Adon haSelichot and other tunes open our hearts and the gates of heaven in song, melody, and prayer.
“For the past few years, I have looked for a selichot performance for women in which the piyyutim and songs are familiar to me… Yesterday evening, I truly enjoyed Liat Itzhaki’s wonderful show. This is what I have been waiting for. Thank you so much for a superb show that integrates piyyutim, prayers from East and West with song and music that are so clean and pure.” Orit Bochbot, cultural coordinator, Sederot
Petach Lanu Sha'ar
An Israeli Celebration of Songs and Stories
An original performance during which Liat engages in a dialogue with the audience on subjects discussed on the Eshet Chayil program, which she edits and directs (the program is broadcast on Channel 10 every Friday and holiday eve)
Jerusalem, East and West, the home, relationships and singledom, Shabbat, and other pressing topics of the day
The show synthesizes discourse, literary texts, and quotations from Jewish sources alongside acoustic performances of original and classic Israeli songs, featuring Liat playing the piano and guitar, as well as flute and percussion instruments. Audience participation in the dialogue and in singing songs from every period in history gives rise to an exciting journey and deep connection to our roots, our culture, and the Israeli experience.
“Yesterday, I saw Liat Itzhaki in a performance that shook me to my core. A wonderful and precise artist, she not only has infinite talent but she is also a super woman – religious, mother of five children, writer, composer, singer. When you hear her insights, it is obvious that women priests will also stand on the stairs there.” Emily Amrousi, media representative and writer, Israel Today
“Strongly recommend that you invite singer and creator Liat Itzhaki to give a performance [at your school]. Attentive to her audience, lifts everyone’s spirits, even those of the most apathetic girls, connects song with midrash and Israeli stories – in short, a must.”
Gila Feivsky, social education coordinator, AMIT Religious Girls High School, Haifa
Me’orav Yisraeli (“An Israeli Medley”)
Liat Itzhaki and the Paprika Playback Theater in a show with lots of spirit
The show is based on the audience’s stories and combines rehearsed scenes with improvisation, using song and music, and professional acting and coaching. The subject of the show changes from time to time, depending on the mood and humor of the participants. On the stage are Liat and musicians, along with actresses from the Paprika Playback Theater, a group of women from different backgrounds (religious, secular, and ultra-Orthodox) under the witty guidance of Riki Evroni. These performances reveal the actresses’ improvisational and acting talent and Liat’s incredible knowledge of music of all types and from all times, as well as her uncanny ability to draw upon the exact right song at the exact right moment.
The result is amusing, exciting, and empowering.