At the behest of maestro Zubin Mehta, a litany of Europe’s finest classical conductors and musicians will take part in concert series celebrating Israel’s 60th anniversary alongside the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
The concerts will take place this coming May in Tel Aviv’s Mann Auditorium at Hekhal hatarbut.
The long list of participating musicians is a veritable who’s who of classical music: Conductors Valery Gergiev, Ricardo Mutti, Kurt Masur, Gianandrea Noseda, and Raphael Fruhbeck de Burgos; pianists Murray Perahia and Fazil Say, Israeli clarinet player Sharon Kam, Violinists Yulian Rakhlin and Vadim Repin, and Israeli soprano Chen Reiss.
The most festive in the nine-part concert series will be held on May 18, and will feature Zubin Mehta conducting both the The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
as well as the Buchman-Mehta School of Music Symphony Orchestra; a 200 piece ensemble in all.
Four days later, Ricardo Mutti will take the helm of the Israeli Philharmonic, which will feature violinist Vadim Repin. Two additional piano recitals will also take place featuring notable pianists Fazıl Say and Murray Perahia.
A special concert, under the direction of conductor Raphael Fruhbeck, will furthermore be held on the May 12 in honor of the European Union.
This concert will feature prominent works by classical composer from across the European continent. The concert series will end on June 2, with a special concert under the direction of Kurt Masur.