Issued Friday, 15 February 2008
SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE AUSTRALIAN FRIENDS OF THE ISRAEL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA PRESENTS ZUBIN MEHTA WITH THE ISRAEL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
In September 2006, Sydney Opera House hosted a remarkable series of concerts by the great Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of Valery Gergiev. In 2008, as part of our ongoing commitment to present the international orchestras and legendary conductors, Sydney Opera House is delighted to announce three concerts in July 2008 by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) and conducted by one of the world’s greatest living conductors, Zubin Mehta.
Zubin Mehta is widely considered to be one of world’s foremost interpreters of the great canon of symphonic literature. The Maestro has conducted the cream of the world’s celebrated orchestras including the Berlin, Los Angeles, New York and Vienna Philharmonics as well as conducting the historic Three Tenors in their inaugural performance in Rome. In 1981, Zubin Mehta was appointed Music Director of the Israel Philharmonic for life in recognition of his dedication to the Orchestra. He last conducted at the Israel Philharmonic at Sydney Opera House in 2002.
For more than 70 years, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra has been a cultural beacon and symbol of Israel. Originally called the Palestine Philharmonic, the IPO became a haven for Jewish musicians fleeing the gathering storm clouds of the Second World War. After escaping Mussolini’s Italy, Toscanini conducted the first concert in Tel Aviv in late 1936. He prefaced the inaugural performance by declining a fee and announcing, I am doing this for humanity, thus marking the start of the Orchestra’s ongoing commitment to spreading a message of peace around the world.
The IPO is now one of the world’s busiest orchestras with an extensive annual schedule of engagements at international venues and festivals as well as a full schedule of performance at home in Tel Aviv.
In a special event to conclude the Sydney engagement, Mehta will conduct the IPO together with Sydney artists, mezzo-soprano Bernadette Cullen, Sydney Philharmonia Choir and Sydney Children’s Choir for the Mahler’s towering Symphony No 3.
Saturday 26 July 8pm: Tchaikovsky, Symphony No 6 (Pathétique)
Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition
Sunday 27 July 3pm: Beethoven, Symphony No 5
Beethoven, Symphony No 6 (Pastoral)
Monday 28 July 8pm: Mahler, Symphony No 3
with Bernadette Cullen (mezzo), Sydney Philharmonia
Choir and Sydney Chrildren’s Choir