An Evening with Keren Peles

October 9, 2013
Israeli Singer of the Year Makes American Concert Debut

The Israel Institute sponsored an intimate performance on Sunday night in Washington, DC by Keren Peles, one of the most successful and influential Israeli singer-songwriters in recent years.  The concert was Peles’ first performance in the United States.

The crowd sang along and danced to Peles’ many hit songs including selections from her first two albums If This is Life, released in 2006, and Mabool (Flood), released in 2008.  Both albums were certified gold following strong sales and twice earned her Singer of the Year honors awarded by Israeli radio stations.

Peles expressed excitement about her first performance in the United States and the opportunity to spread the culture of what she called her “complicated, yet beautiful, country.”

A highlight of the concert came when Peles  led the crowd in singing a rendition of the Beatles’ “Let it be” mixed with Naomi Shemer’s “Lu Yehi” -- the song she recently sang to Israeli President Shimon Peres at his ninetieth birthday celebration.

The Israel Institute, an independent, nonpartisan organization based in Washington, DC, sponsored the Forum and concert to further its mission of enhancing knowledge and study of contemporary Israel.

“The concert by Keren Peles reflects the Israel Institute’s commitment to encouraging greater understanding of Israeli culture abroad,” said Dr. Ariel Roth, the Executive Director of the Institute, “This event is one of many initiatives that we support to promote the rich cultural diversity of modern Israel.”

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