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David and Rochelle Hirsch behind Nancy and Zubin Mehta
David and Rochelle Hirsch behind Nancy and Zubin Mehta
Dr. Philip and Florence Felig
Dr. Philip and Florence Felig
Elaine Hirsch and Rebecca Steinbecker
Elaine Hirsch and Rebecca Steinbecker
Elie Wiesel and Ronald Lauder
Elie Wiesel and Ronald Lauder
Karen LeFrak and Evgeny Nissin
Karen LeFrak and Evgeny Nissin
Zubin Mehta and Dr. Ruth Westheimer
Zubin Mehta and Dr. Ruth Westheimer
Lauren and John Veronis with Zubin Mehta
Lauren and John Veronis with Zubin Mehta
Marvin Hamlisch with Nancy and Zubin Mehta
Marvin Hamlisch with Nancy and Zubin Mehta
Richard Hirsch with Martin and Renata Zimet
Richard Hirsch with Martin and Renata Zimet
Zubin Mehta and Francesca Colombo
Zubin Mehta and Francesca Colombo

 

ISRAEL PHILHARMONIC
Maestro Mehtaís 50 Years
With 75-Year-Old Orchestra

I
T was a momentous occasion as the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra performed at its annual New York concert in February at Carnegie Hall. The occasion marked the orchestraís 75th anniversary, conductor Zubin Mehtaís 75th birthday, and his 50th year as the IPO conductor.

At the post-concert dinner at the Plaza Hotel, hosted by the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, vice president and benefit co-chair Lauren Veronis couldnít praise the maestro enough.

"No one will ever forget when the scuds were raining down on Israel, you were on assignment in Europe and you jumped on a plane to be with your orchestra in Israel," Ms. Veronis said. "While the scuds were falling you were playing.

"Not only are you a brilliant maestro, you have humor, humanity and humility. On Behalf of everyone here, thank you for 50 years."

"Fifty years is not even half of a hundert uhn tsvantsik," Maestro Mehta, a native of Bombay, India, remarked in Yiddish. As the orchestraís music director for life, he has easily assimilated a phrase or two in mama loshen.

"We gave more than 3,000 concerts over the last 50 years," he added. "There is a spiritual level to music. When Iím conducting, Iím not standing on the podium ó Iím floating."

Among the black-tie guests were AFIPO president David and Rochelle Hirsch, executive director Suzanne Ponsot, Marvin Hamlisch and Terre Blair, Jo Carole and Ronald Lauder, Elaine and Richard Hirsch, Gail Propp, Dr. Philip and Florence Felig, Lauren and John Veronis, Marion and Elie Wiesel, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, former New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine, Malcolm Thomson, Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren, and Francesca Colombo, director of the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Firenze, Italy.

 

 

 

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