The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra performs at the gala in its name
The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Maestro Zubin Mehta, performs at the gala in its name
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The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Maestro Zubin Mehta, performs at the gala in its name

Israel Philharmonic 'global gala' features world’s best musicians

Video gala now streaming worldwide is presented by Dame Helen Mirren, who introduces new IPO musical director Maestro Lahav Shani, and features renowned soloists and conductors including Maestro Zubin Mehta, Pinchas Zukerman, Itzhak Perlman

Buzzy Gordon |
Published: 07.03.20 , 11:07
A “global gala” fundraiser, produced by the IPO Foundation in collaboration with the American Friends of the IPO and hosted by Academy Award-winning actress Dame Helen Mirren, launched the current concert season this week.
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  • The video presentation, which had to overcome a cyber attack, launched on June 28 and is presently streaming on the IPO’s website and YouTube through the end of July.
    Throughout the concert, musicians of the IPO spoke about the importance of support provided by the IPO Friends organization.
    The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra performs at the gala in its name  The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra performs at the gala in its name
    The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Maestro Zubin Mehta, performs at the gala in its name
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    Dame Helen introduced both the program and the IPO’s newly inaugurated music director, Maestro Lahav Shani, who has replaced the legendary Zubin Mehta -- the IPO’s first and longest serving (since 1968) music director.
    Later, during a brief intermission from the music, Mirren recited a poem by the Persian poet Rumi.
    Dame Helen Mirren introduces the IPO gala Dame Helen Mirren introduces the IPO gala
    Dame Helen Mirren introduces the IPO gala
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    The concert itself kicked off with a contemporary piece that is hardly a staple of the classical music repertoire - the song "Ladies in Lavender," played by Israeli pianist Pinhas Zuckerman and his wife, cellist Amanda Forsyth, accompanied by piano.
    Composed by Nigel Hess, the melody is actually the soundtrack of the 2004 movie by the same name.
    Israeli pianist Pinhas Zuckerman and his wife, cellist Amanda Forsyth, perform Ladies in Lavender Israeli pianist Pinhas Zuckerman and his wife, cellist Amanda Forsyth, perform Ladies in Lavender
    Pinhas Zuckerman and Amanda Forsyth perform 'Ladies in Lavender'
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    Israeli violinist Itzhak Perlman, who did not perform, spoke to the audience briefly in Hebrew. Like Zuckerman, he indicated that he would be coming to Israel when travel restrictions are eased.
    Perlman was followed by pianist Khatia Buniatishvili, who performed the familiar Clair de Lune by Debussy, and pianist Yefim Bronfman playing a nocturne by Chopin.
    Gil Shaham and Adèle Anthony perform a meditation from the opera Thais Gil Shaham and Adèle Anthony perform a meditation from the opera Thais
    Gil Shaham and Adèle Anthony perform a meditation from the opera Thais
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    Violinists Gil Shaham and Adèle Anthony then performed a meditation from the opera Thais, by Jules Massennet.
    The concert resumed after Mirren’s poetic declamation with Maestro Shani at the piano, accompanied by a string quartet, playing a piano quintet by Dvorak.
    Israeli soprano Chen Reiss and the Austrian String Quartet perform 'Life is Beautiful' for the IPO gala Israeli soprano Chen Reiss and the Austrian String Quartet perform 'Life is Beautiful' for the IPO gala
    Israeli soprano Chen Reiss and the Austrian String Quartet perform 'Life is Beautiful' for the IPO gala
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    Another quartet, the Austrian String Quartet, then joined israeli soprano Chen Reiss in the song “Life is Beautiful.”
    This was followed by pianist Sir Andras Schiff performing a rondo by Mozart, clarinetist Martin Fröst with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra playing a klezmer piece, and pianist Evgeny Kissin playing preludes for the piano by Gershwin.
    Martin Fröst and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra play a klezmer piece for the IPO gala Martin Fröst and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra play a klezmer piece for the IPO gala
    Martin Fröst and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra play a klezmer piece for the IPO gala
    (Photo: Screenshot)
    The concert concluded with a tribute from Maestro Zubin Mehta and the entire IPO, under the baton of Maestro Shani, performing a movement from Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 and a final, rousing rendition of HaTikvah, Israel's national anthem.
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