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Great Performances: The Israel Philharmonic 70th Anniversary Gala Concert
Posted: September 2nd, 2008

Founded in 1936 by Polish violinist and Zionist Bronislaw Huberman, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra — known at that time as the Palestine Orchestra — was established to save Jewish musicians in Europe from the imminent Holocaust. Consistently ranked among the world’s leading orchestras, the Israel Philharmonic boasts a long list of accomplished composers, conductors, and guest soloists who have contributed to its rich history and critical acclaim. In celebration of the 70th anniversary of the orchestra’s founding, GREAT PERFORMANCES traveled to Tel Aviv, Israel, to take part in a gala concert paying tribute to the social significance and musical pedigree of this esteemed organization. Under the baton of Maestro Zubin Mehta — given the title of music director for life in 1981 — the IPO Gala program features Maurice Ravel’s “La Valse,” Max Bruch’s “Violin Concerto No. 1” with guest soloist and longtime friend of the IPO Pinchas Zukerman, and Brahms’ “Piano Concerto No. 1” performed with pianist Daniel Barenboim.

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