Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

Tim Boxer At Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

Jewish Week Correspondent

David Hirsch knows how to begin a speech. He quoted a great statesman who once said, “I was asked to speak, and you are stuck in the audience. Hopefully we will finish at the same time.”

American Friends of Israel Philharmonic Orchestra president David Hirsch and wife Rochelle Hirsch. Tim Boxer

From Orchestra Of Exiles To Symphony Of Sabras

Israel Philharmonic’s whirlwind U.S. tour comes as new film released about its history.

Few can chronicle the changes in the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra better than Gabriel Vole, a veteran double bass player.

Vole represents the third generation of his family to perform with the orchestra. His maternal grandfather, the Polish-born violinist Jacob Surowicz, was a co-founder and was followed by Gabriel’s father, Leopold, whose son inherited his love for the double bass. In addition, Gabriel’s mother, Sarah, and uncle Maurice filled in occasionally.

Zubin Mehta will lead the Israel Philharmonic on a five-day U.S. tour beginning this week at Carnegie Hall. Shai Skiff

Tim Boxer: Maestro Mehta Marks 50 Years With IPO

Special to the Jewish Week

It was a momentous occasion for the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s annual Carnegie Hall concert on Feb. 22. It marked the orchestra’s 75th anniversary, conductor Zubin Mehta’s 75th birthday, and his 50th year as IPO conductor.

At the post-concert dinner at the Plaza Hotel, hosted by the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, vice president and benefit co-chair Lauren Veronis couldn’t praise the maestro enough.

Rochelle and David Hirsch stand behind Nancy and Zubin Mehta at IPO dinner. Photo by Tim Boxer

Avner Dorman’s Musical Exoticism

Israeli Philharmonic to perform the young Israeli composer’s ‘Azerbaijani Dances’ here next week.
Staff Writer

The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra will give the U.S. premiere of Israeli composer Avner Dorman’s “Azerbaijani Dance” at Carnegie Hall on Tuesday. But it will not be the first time the conductor, Zubin Mehta, one of the world’s most prominent maestros, collaborated with Dorman. In fact, Mehta essentially gave Dorman his start.

Avner Dorman's "Azerbaijani Dance" will be performed by the Israeli Philharmonic  next week at Carnegie Hall.
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