On October 25th, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra gave a sold out concert at Carnegie Hall, performing under the baton of Maestro Zubin Mehta, a program of some of Judaism’s most spiritual works, demonstrating their undyingly righteous, cultural eminence.
Despite a small group of Anti-Israel protesters that had accumulated across the 57th Street entrance, rallied by
Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel through various press releases, spirits were high inside the hall as the orchestra opened with the Star-Spangled Banner, followed by Hatikva.
Benefit event, organized by the American Friends of the Israel
Philharmonic Orchestra will support the orchestra’s touring and
educational programming, as well as the renovation of its home at Tel
Aviv’s Heichal Ha’Tarbut, to be inaugurated in May of 2013.
The program of Arnold Schoenberg’s Kol Nidre and Noam Sheriff’s Mechaye Hametim (Revival of the Dead) had already gained broad recognition at the 2012 Salzburger Festspiele,
especially with baritone Thomas Hampson’s leading presence, which had
been described by New York Times’ James R.Oestreich, as: “virtually
embodying an Old Testament Prophet.”Out of the two works, Kol Nidre is
the better known one, yet Sheriff’s symphonic work(NY premiere),
commissioned in remembrance of the Holocaust and at the same time a
tribute to Jewish culture and national pride proved to be a very organic
structure. It incorporated and built upon many different musical
motives. Joining Hampson and the Collegiate Chorale were the Manhattan
Girls Chorus and Israeli tenor Carl Hieger, all of whom performed in the
Hebrew and Yiddish production, with the composer present.
original program had been adjusted to include these pieces for the New
York event due to their great acclaim in Salzburg and partially because
the Collegiate Chorale, founded by Robert Shaw in 1941 and currently
directed by James Bagwell, was already present.
the midst of both Judaic spiritual works, the 25 year old Yuja Wang
poured her stupendous virtuosity into Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No.1
in G minor, op.25. Trumping her first Encore, Rossini-Ginsburg Figaro’s Aria with an even wilder, magnificently Horowitz- inspired Carmen; she
had a gasping audience in her hands. Dressed in red, the audience was
able to marvel at her whirlwind arm-and finger movements, emanating
from her lean and muscular back. As with the choreography of an Olympian
swimmer her moves were small, controlled and superfast.
always charming, Zubin Mehta, who has guided the greatest of performers
during his now more than 50 years as conductor (he is music director
for life with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra), seemed genuinely
impressed with his phenomenally skilled, season’s star debutante.