The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra 60th Anniversary Gala

The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra 60th Anniversary Gala

A Gala concert to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the IPO features many world-famous soloists. From veteran violinist Issac Stern to the younger talents of Maxim Vengerov and Gil Shaham, ".... anybody who comes to play here does not come because it is a job. They feel friendship, they feel something of the heart." (Itzhak Perlman)

During the time of the Nazi regime, Jewish musicians were no longer allowed to play in any of the existing orchestras. Anti-Semitism was growing throughout Europe and as a result, 75 musicians from Germany, Poland and Austria responded to the initiative of the Polish violinist and musician, Bronislav Huberman, and decided to emigrate to Palestine. By doing so, these musicians most probably saved their lives.

So it was that on December 26, 1936, twelve years before the establishment of the State of Israel, these musicians gave their first concert....and the then called Palestine Orchestra was born.

Sixty years later, in December 1996, fifteen of the world's finest musical talents - conductors and soloists - came together in the Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv for a 10-day festival celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.


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  • Soliosts: Isaac Stern, Gil Shaham, Maxim Vengerov, Pinchas Zukerman, Itzhak Perlman, Shlomo Mintz, Menahem Breuer, Ariel Shamai

  • Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

  • Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim

  • Bruch: Concerto for Violin No.1; Ravel: La Valse; Brahms: Concerto for Piano No.1

  • Ravel, Brahms, Bruch

  • 01:53:35

  • Mann Auditorium, Tel Aviv