Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Six-City Tour Will Mark Maestro Zubin Mehta’s Final Tour with the IPO before He Steps Down as the Orchestra’s Iconic Music Director in 2019.
The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2019 U.S. Tour – Will mark Maestro Zubin Mehta’s final U.S. tour before he retires as Music Director of the IPO in 2019, leaving behind a legacy of exceptional musicianship humanitarianism.
“This upcoming U.S. tour with the Israel Philharmonic marks an important moment for me and for the orchestra,” said Zubin Mehta. “We have exciting programs in all venues, a great soloist at Carnegie Hall with Itzhak Perlman, and a wonderful opportunity for me to revisit venues and cities I have conducted in many times over the years. This orchestra always resonates with American audiences and I love that energy.”
The IPO’s 2019 U.S. Tour will kick off with a Feb. 2 concert at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts in Greenvale, NY, that will feature performances of Schubert’s “Symphony No. 3” and Bruckner’s “Symphony No. 7.”
The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1936 by Bronislaw Huberman, and its inaugural concert, on 26 December 1936, was conducted by Arturo Toscanini. Today, the IPO performs a full season of subscription concerts in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa, including a narrated Concert Series for Kids. The orchestra offers comprehensive educational and community outreach programs through KeyNote and Sulamot, and plays numerous special concerts in Israel.
The IPO annually tours the world’s cultural centers and prestigious festivals. Each season, the Orchestra hosts top conductors and soloists from around the world, and it helps to develop Israeli artists and young talents from both Israel and abroad. The IPO promotes Israeli composers, with frequent premieres of new works. The IPO also contributes to the absorption of new immigrants and includes in its ranks many new-immigrant musicians.