global economic squeeze has a grip on Israel’s cultural landscape.
Even the venerable Israel Philharmonic Orchestra is not immune to
the worldwide financial downturn.
Waldorf-Astoria gala following the orchestra’s annual fall
performance at Carnegie Hall, benefit co-chairman Elaine
Wolfensohn put it in words that struck the target squarely in
times the orchestra has taken upon itself to cut the salaries of the
president of the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic
Orchestra, challenged the 675 gala guests: "We will help. We
don’t want to see an Israel without music."
cratering economy plummeted to such depths? No matter.
robust leadership of such deep-pocketed boldfacers as Lily Safra,
Ingeborg and Ira Leon Rennert, Judith and Burton
Resnick, Jo Carole and Ronald Lauder, Patricia and
Gustavo Cisneros, Fanya Gottesfeld Heller, Elaine and Richard
Hirsch and many more gold-plated pillars of society, the
American Friends have made it their business to help the IPO weather
the economic storm.
intrepid musicians earned standing ovations as they performed Bach,
Bruch and Brahms under the whirling baton of Venezuela’s wiz kid,
the 27-year-old megastar conductor Gustavo Dudamel.
At a celebratory reception at the Fifth Avenue home of Dr. Mona Ackerman, American Friends vice president David Hirsch expressed his gratitude to AFIPO patrons. “The IPO,” he said, “has a global impact and reach as Israel’s preeminent cultural ambassador.” Guest pianist and AFIPO board member Yefim Bronfman performed for the guests.