The 59th edition of the Israel Festival, which was postponed this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic, opens Thursday evening with a hybrid program of live performances and online broadcasts. The festival runs through September 12th, and also enfolds the three-day Jerusalem Jazz Festival, from September 8th through 10th.  

The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the new JSO music director Steven Sloane, will open the Israel Festival on September 3rd with an online concert at the Henry Crown hall. The program, Enlightened Days, features works by three composers who were banned by the Nazis. Sloane spoke with KAN reporter Naomi Segal ahead of the event.