Rank and File: Pianist and Composer Provides a Glimpse Behind the Curtains

A one-man show featuring Shakespeare outsiders; a field to grow vegetables for the needy

Pianist Orit Wolf.
Pianist Orit Wolf. Haim Kimchi

PIANO WOMAN: For 10 years, international pianist and composer Orit Wolf has given concert lectures in Israel. This year, with the support of Dame Shirley Porter, Wolf will offer her first such series in English. “International guest artists will be performing live and conversing on stage,” she told Haaretz. “There is always a mix of classical music with other disciplines.” Her vision is to “bring everyone into the realm of music so they can all feel a part of it,” Wolf noted. “I share with them my own experiences, share my successes and failures as an artist,” she said, adding that she hoped to provide a “behind the curtains glimpse.” Wolf added that Porter, who splits her time between London and Israel, shares the same dream of bringing culture and art to Israel’s English-speaking community. The first performance will be on October 30. For more info, call (09) 956-9430.

THE FOOL AND THE REFUGEE: Hamlet once said the goal of theater is “to hold as ‘twere the mirror up to nature.” Independent actor and director Dori Engel takes this motif to heart in his one-man show “Now I am Alone” at Tel Aviv’s Tmu-Na Theater next Saturday. The project is a collaboration with English director Nick Hutchinson, who has worked with the Globe and the Royal Shakespeare Company, Engel told Haaretz. “We came up with idea of making a collage of Shakespeare outsiders – the exiled king, fool, refugee,” said Engel, who just returned from a well-reviewed run in London. He said Shakespeare seemingly wanted to say something about society through the outsider’s eyes. The messages, such as a speech by Sir Thomas More in which he makes a mob “look through the eyes of the refugees,” remain relevant. “You hear it as if it were written yesterday.” For more info, call Tmu-Na (03) 561-1211.

VEGGING OUT: Leket Israel has bought a field near Binyamina to grow vegetables solely for the needy, the largest food rescue organization in Israel announced this week. The organization said the field also had a greenhouse to grow staple vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers “for distribution to those in need on an ongoing basis, even during off seasons.” Joseph Gitler, Leket Israel’s founder and chairman, said: “What makes the Binyamina initiative so unique is our ability to grow the most sought-after vegetables among Israeli society and to supply them to our 195 nonprofit partner agencies throughout the country.” Pastor George Annadorai, the director of Shalom Israel Asia Pacific, a Singapore-based pro-Israel group, provided Leket with the funds to purchase the field, Leket added. Leket rescues and distributes 15,000 tons of fruit and vegetables to the needy each year, receiving most of the produce from farmers across Israel.