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David Hirsch and Pinchas Zukerman
David Hirsch and Pinchas Zukerman
Judith and Burton Resnick
Judith and Burton Resnick
Pinchas Zukerman and Elaine Wolfensohn
Pinchas Zukerman and Elaine Wolfensohn
Suzanne Ponsot and Rochelle Hirsch
Suzanne Ponsot and Rochelle Hirsch
Ingeborg Rennert, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Ira Leon Rennert and (rear) Malcolm Thomson
Ingeborg Rennert, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Ira Leon Rennert and
(rear) Malcolm Thomson
Suzanne Ponsot, Rochelle Hirsch, Amanda Forsyth, Pinchas Zukerman and Avi Shoshani
Suzanne Ponsot, Amanda Forsyth, Pinchas Zukerman and Avi Shoshani
Amanda Forsyth’s New York Debut
Conducted By Hubby Pinchas Zukerman

HE Israel Philharmonic Orchestra was ready to launch its annual New York concert in December. The men in black tie and tails and the women in long black gowns took their seats in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. They all stood as the guest conductor, Pinchas Zukerman, walked up and immediately opened with the national anthems of the United States and Israel.

Then, just as abruptly as he came out, Zukerman strode off stage. Some of the players changed their seating positions. The stage crew replaced the conductor’s podium with a single music stand.


The audience didn’t know quite what to make of this. It was like being at the Mad Hatter’s tea party.


Maestro Zukerman emerged again and said, "I’m stalling for time. We found the flute player. You know, with the time change, we sometimes forget to put the alarm on." Then he stepped onto the conductor’s podium to begin the program, which included Haydn’s Symphony No.83 in G minor and Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture.


Cellist Amanda Forsyth made her New York orchestral debut with two pieces by Max Bruch. She is currently principal cellist of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa where her husband, Zuckerman, has been music director since 1998.


The pre-concert dinner, sponsored by the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, was underwritten by Ingeborg and Ira Leon Rennert. Benefit co-chairmen were Rochelle and David Hirsch, and Elaine and James D. Wolfensohn.


It was a no-frills gala. The tables were bereft of flowers. As Elaine Wolfensohn, president of American Friends of the IPO, explained, "This is the new economy. That is the reason we are not spending money on flowers or centerpieces. That is why we have candles—they are reusable. We put the money back into the IPO."


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