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April 12, 1996 - Image 82

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1996-04-12

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Public Offering Of The IPO

Music director for life,
Zubin Mehta will
conduct the Israel
Philharmonic Orchestra
when it comes to Ann
Arbor on Thursday.

he Israel Philharmonic Orchestra began
life as a Diaspora organization. In 1936,
the Palestine Orchestra — composed of
German and Eastern European Jewish
musicians who had lost their positions — gave its
inaugural concert. It was led by Arturo Toscani-
Today, the Israel Philharmonic travels freely
throughout the world. No longer a Diaspora group,
it has a home base, a nation. The Philharmonic
first came to the United States in 1951 and has
toured extensively. Three years ago, Salzburg and
Berlin were venues. Not just a "Jewish" orches-
tra, the IPO plays all classical music: Sibelius,
Prokofiev, Mozart, Beethoven and Mahler — a
complete cycle of his symphonies is a future record-
ing project.


While conductor Leonard Bernstein had a spe-
cial relationship with the IPO, it has had many
distinguished conductors — including Paul Paray,
one of the Detroit Symphony's most beloved mu-
sical directors. Currently, Zubin Mehta is the
leader of the pack. Mehta, a native of Bombay, In-
dia, was appointed music director in 1969 and, in
1981, his tenure was extended for life. Mehta also
held the post of music director of the New York
Philharmonic for 13 seasons. With his impeccable
credentials in symphonic as well as operatic lit-
erature, his leadership of the MO has been a suc-
cessful collaboration.
On their visit to Ann Arbor, the native-born Is-
raeli musicians join musicians who have emigrated
from the United States and Eastern Europe and
25 new arrivals from the former Soviet Union. The

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