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IPO Musicians: Yigal Meltzer

October 24, 2018

The IPO’s Principal Trumpet connects generations – in his family and his community – to a musical heritage.   In 1991, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra was seeking a fourth chair, utility trumpet player. One of the musicians who auditioned, nearing the end of his army service, was a young man playing in the Israel Defense Forces Orchestra. “When I heard that the Philharmonic was conducting tryouts,” recalled Yigal Meltzer, now 49, “I told a friend, ‘Listen to me good: That…[Read More]

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KeyNote Goes to School

Each year, music curricula in many Israeli schools depends on the IPO’s education program and musicians. Because the IPO’s KeyNote is of such special interest to AFIPO members, we begin a two-part feature this month, focusing on the education program’s work in the classroom. In January, a second part will look at full orchestral concerts that are part of this program.   The KeyNote Education Program of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra annually reaches more than 22,000 Israeli children. When the…[Read More]

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