Carnegie Hall Welcomes Touring Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

By O'Jay Burgess on Oct 23, 2012 11:26 AM EDT

The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra will be yet another visiting act to play at Carnegie Hall this season when they are scheduled to perform at the Manhattan venue on Thursday, Oct. 25 at the Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at 7 p.m.

Led by their Indian conductor Zubin Mehta, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra will be in support of solo pianist Yuja Wang and tenor Carl Hieger as well as baritone Thomas Hampson. Making appearance on the evening will also be The Collegiate Chorale and the Manhattan Girls Chorus.

The program for the the Tel Aviv based ensemble will start off with Schoenberg's "Kol Nidre, Op.39." Mendelssohn's popular "Piano Concerto No. 1," will be the next on offer, followed by the New York premier of Noam Sheriff's "Mechaye Hametim (Revival of the Dead)."

The Israel Philharmonic (IPO) came to be in 1936 and was founded by Bronislaw Huberman in a time where Jewish musicians were being discharged by European orchestras due to ethnic bias.

The groups first ever performance was in Tel Aviv, Israel in Dec. 26, 1936 and was under the stewardship of Italian Arturo Toscanini.

In the short history of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra the organization itself has only had a few musical directors and advisors. The first of which was William Steinberg in 1936, succeeding him was Leonard Bernstein, Paul Paray, Bernardino Molinari, Jean Martinon and now with Zubin Mehta at the helm.

The orchestra has been in the middle of controversy since its inception into the classical world. They boycotted the works of Richard Wagner,due to his anti-Semitism and the association of his music with Nazi Germany.

In 2011 pro-Palestinian protesters disrupted the orchestra's performance in London. Avi Shoshani the orchestra's secretary general told London's The Times it was unlikely the ensemble will perform in the British Isles again.

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