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August 22, 1986 - Image 10

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-08-22

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David Greenschlag recalls
the early years of the Israel
Philharmonic Orchestra as
being "a very difficult
period." But today, it ranks
among the world's greatest
orchestras.
Greenschlag, a Philadel-
phia violinist who will be re-
joining the IPO on its current
Anierican tour, recalled his
experiences at the founding
of the orchestra in an inter-
view with The Jewish News
in advance of the orchestra's
performance here at 8 p.m.
Thursday at Meadow Brook.
The concert, presented by
the Jewish Welfare Federa-
tion of Detroit in partnership
with Meadow Brook Music
Festival, will kick off Federa-
tion's 60th anniversary cele-
bration.
A student of violinist
Bronislaw Huberman, the or-
chestra's founder,
Greenschlag said he was
drafted into the then Pales-
tine Symphony Orchestra
with Huberman's other stu-
dents because he was . told,
"the students must give an
example."
Making its official debut in
1936, the orchestra took
nearly two years to become a
reality. Huberman engaged
musicians from Europe —
especially Jews who lost their
orchestra jobs at the height of
the Nazi terror — from the
U.S. and from pre-state Is-
rael. Even the conductor of
the first concert was an im-
port — the eminent Arturo
Toscanini of Italy. In 1948, as
statehood was achieved, the
orchestra became the Israel
Philharmonic.
Greenschlag said the or-

chestra faced "economic inse-
curity" in its infancy. "We
made very little money, very
little money," he said. In
1947, weary of the low pay,
members considered striking,
but voted again°st it. "We
didn't want to strike so we
demonstrated our dismay by
coming in street clothes,"
rather than the formal or-
chestra attire.
That same year, he re-
called, was a high point for
the orchestra when guest
conductor Bernardino Moli-
nari of Italy stood on the
podium. "People were stand-
ing in line through the night
to get tickets," Greenschlag
said.
Based in Tel Aviv's Mann
Auditorium, the orchestra is
currently celebrating its 50th
anniversary. Among the
world's leading conductors
who have conducted were:
Koussevitsky, Munch, Mon-
teux, Barbirolli, Mit-
roupoulos, Bernstein, Or-
mandy, Solti, Giolini, Maazel
and Barenboim.
Solo performers who have
worked in concert with the
IPO include: Heifetz,
Piatagorsky, Rubinstein,
Stern, Rostropovich, Perlman,
Zukerman, Sills, Pavarotti
and Price. •
During its U.S. tour, the
orchestra will be in New
York, Los Angeles, Kansas
City and New Jersey. It per-
forms more than 200 concerts
a year in Israel and abroad.
The IPO has appeared
throughout Europe, in North
and South America, Au-
stralia, Japan and India.
From India is where the
orchestra got its current
music director, Zubin Mehta.
Born in Bombay, Mehta is

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