Richard Hirsch and Lily Safra
Judith and Burt Resnick were
marking their 41st wedding
Itzhak Perlman (center) with two
ISRAEL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
Zubin Mehta Teams Up
With Itzhak Perlman
ONDUCTOR Zubin Mehta and violinist Itzhak Perlman hadn’t shared the stage in 13 years, so when the two collaborated this winter in a concert with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, Mehta called it “a bar mitzvah of absences.”
“Itzhak and I used to play 30 concerts in New York,” Zubin said. “I can’t tell you how pleased I was to see him today.”
Cellist Baruch Gross told me how proud he was to be able to play as a religious Jew. One of three observant members of the orchestra, he stood out with his brilliant white beard and black yarmulke.
He came to Israel 30 years ago from Ukraine, and was invited to join the IPO the very next year.
Following the performance, Lily Safra presided over a dinner for the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra at the Plaza Hotel. Board chairwoman Lynn Syms announced that the evening raised $2 million.