Lost in Faith – By Matti Caspi and Yaakov Rotblit. Performed by Shir Edelshtein, Adi Varon and The Raanana Youth Symphony Orchestra
About the song
Lost in Faith is a song about a lost love. In this song a man expresses his pain when the woman he loves leaves him, not for another man but because she has decided to embrace religion. The poet describes, in the song, the features that he remembers of his beloved, as she was before she left.
About the authors
Matti Caspi composed the music for this song and is considered one of Israel’s top musicians. He was born in 1949 in Kibbutz Hanita in the upper Galilee in north of Israel. As a child he studied piano at a conservatory. Matti’s music style was influenced by classical, South American and Latin music, by jazz, rock and more. His activity in the field of music includes composing, singing, arranging and writing lyrics. He has collaborated with many of the top artists in Israel and has released close to 1,000 songs and published dozens of albums.
Yaakov “Yankele” Rotblit wrote the lyrics for the song ‘Lost in Faith’. He was born in 1945 in Haifa and has had a successful career as a songwriter, singer, composer, and journalist. Rotblit has writen dozens of songs and is highly respected for the lyrics of many of the most popular singers in Israel. In 1997 Rotblit received a lifetime achievement award from ACUM, the Israeli composer association. In addition to his career as a musician and song writer, Rotblit was also active as a journalist, writing columns for various newspapers.
About the performers
Shir Edelshtein, born in Israel, was 18 years old at the time of this video and was completing her final year in Metro West High School in Ra’anana.
Her school major was music, focusing on vocal training in classical music. In addition Shir participated in the program of the Ra’anana Music Center as part of her extra curricular activity. Her plan is to continue with music and she hopes to also study acting.
Adi Varon was born in Israel in 2003 and lives in Kfar-Sava, Israel. She has been playing the cello since she was 10 years old, and won a scholarship from AICF in 2016. Adi also won first prize in the 2014 and 2015 Eran Zoldan Spring Contests of the Ra’anana Music Center, in the category of Young String Players, and received honors first place in 2016.
She has been playing in the Ra’anana Youth Symphony Orchestra since 2014. As of 2018, Adi has participated in the David Goldman program of the Jerusalem Music Center, in which she plays in ensembles.
The Raanana Youth Symphony Orchestra is comprised of high school students who are enrolled in the RMC Center as part of an extracurricular program. This orchestra includes about 70 outstanding young musicians, many of whom are prize-winners in competitions in Israel and abroad.
Prof. Guy Porat led the orchestra members who participated in the performance in this video.
About the location
The video was recorded at the RMC Raanana Music Center, located in the city of Raanana. Currently this is Israel’s largest music center, with over 1.000 students coming from Raanana and adjacent cities to learn music appreciation and to play instruments of their choice.
Raanana is a small city, located in the Sharon area of Israel, just north of Tel Aviv. It was founded in 1922 by a group of New York immigrants. After purchasing the land for a farming venture in 1912, the group from America eventually managed to settle on the land only after the First World War. In the beginning it was an agricultural village and today, it is one of the high tech centers of Israel.