The Campus Symphony Orchestra
The Campus Symphony Orchestra is a community orchestra with more than 60 musicians led by music director and conductor Talia Ilan. In addition to performances of classical concerts, the orchestra participates in concerts produced by the Culture Department of Ramat Hasharon and takes part in outdoor performances of classical to light music and Israeli songs, such as the salute to Effie Netzer, Israel Prize laureate, summer performances with the UmmaGumma band, Kaveret and others), and also collaborates with the Israel Stage Orchestra in family concerts at the Tel Aviv Museum ("The Sorcerer's Apprentice", "The Nutcracker", "The Swan Lake" and "The Carnival of the Animals").
The orchestra was established in the campus of Tel-Aviv University in 1982, at the initiative of the late Dr. Sam Sebba. Since his retirement, the orchestra has been managed by the orchestra as a registered non-profit organization. The campus orchestra encourages cooperation with talented young soloists as well as with the best Israeli musicians and soloists from abroad, including violinists: Isabelle Faust (Germany), Sivan Maayani, Hadar Rimon, Sergei Ostrovsky, Evgenia Epstein, Saida Bar Lev; Viola: Ron Ephrat, Yoel Greenberg; Cello: Amit Peled, Hagit Glaser; Clarinet: Sharon Kam, Tomoyo Kobayashi; Bassoon: Daniel Mazaki; Piano: Lahav Shani, Tomer Gewirtzman, Tal Samnon, Andy Feldbau, Yuval Admoni, Tami Kanazawa, Ofra Yitzhaki, Tal Zilber, Michal Solomon, etc. During the years of its activity, the orchestra has performed throughout the country, in various festivals and abroad. Since 2001, conductor Talia Ilan has served as music director and conductor of the orchestra. Among the conductors who have performed with the orchestra in recent years are: Shmuel Elbaz, Michael Wolpe, Sivan Albo Ben Hur, Vag Papian, Roni Porat, Michael Shani, Aharon Harlap, Yoni Farhi, Yi-An Xu and others.
For several years now, the campus orchestra has been running the orchestral summer camp - Musikon: an orchestral summer camp for amateur musicians from Israel and around the world, where players gather for four days for playing orchestral and chamber music under the guidance of professional conductors and musicians.