News in Brief

Channel 8 to air more local shows

Channel 8 will air Israeli television series more often under its new broadcast schedule released yesterday, the station said. Shows in Hebrew had previously been broadcast only once a week, but that is due to change as Slutzky Communications Channels becomes the station's new producer next week. Local shows include one about the city of Lod and one about the history of Israel's political left. The station has also purchased American shows including Oliver Stone's "Secret History of America" and "Marley," Kevin Macdonald's documentary about the life of legendary reggae star Bob Marley. (Gili Izikovich )

Israeli conductor snags European cultural award

Israeli-born conductor Yoel Gamzou, 25, has been named this year's recipient of the European Cultural Foundation's 25,000-euro Princess Margriet Award for cultural change-makers in Europe. In selecting Gamzou, along with visual artists Dan and Lia Perjovschi, the jury noted his ability to inspire musicians and listeners of various ages. Gamzou founded the International Mahler Orchestra in London when he was 18 years old and studied in Israel with conductors Evgeny Tsirlin and Noam Sheriff before continuing his studies abroad. The awards ceremony will take place in Brussels on March 19. (Haggai Hitron )

First M.A.-granting choreography program to open in spring

The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance received government authorization this month to grant master's degrees in dance, making it the first degree-granting choreography program in Israel. The program will be launched this spring and will be headed by dancer and neuroscientist Vered Aviv, who has been teaching at the academy since 1993. It will include choreography and performance tracks and no master's thesis will be required. (Shir Hacham )