The IPO in America
The orchestra announces the itinerary and programming for its fall trip to the U.S. and Canada
The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s international tours are highly acclaimed and eagerly awaited cultural events around the globe. Recently the IPO announced its Fall 2017 concert dates and programming for a seven-city North American tour from October 25 through November 9.
Led by Maestro Zubin Mehta, the orchestra’s Music Director for Life, the orchestra will visit New York City, Toronto, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, West Palm Beach and Miami, before returning for three nights in New York.
“This tour will celebrate Maestro Mehta at every step of the way,” said AFIPO CEO Naomi Grabel. “His extraordinary leadership of the Israel Philharmonic for nearly five decades is unprecedented. The concert programs and soloists are exciting and will showcase the exceptional musicianship of our orchestra. So this tour is not to be missed.”
An unforgettable feast of music
The tour begins Wednesday, October 25, at Carnegie Hall with an all-Mozart program and AFIPO Benefit. The musical selections will be the “Figaro Overture,” “Symphony No. 36” in C major, K. 425 (“Linz”), and “Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra” in E-flat major, K. 364, featuring Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman.
The IPO returns to Toronto for the first time in 25 years for a performance on Saturday, October 28, at Roy Thompson Hall. The Canadian Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (CFIPO) will also hold a benefit in honor of Maestro Mehta, who served as Music Director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra from 1960 to 1967. The Toronto program will feature the tour’s first performance of Amit Poznansky‘s “Footnote” Suite from the score for the motion picture Footnote, Maurice Ravel‘s “Daphnis et Chloé,” and Richard Strauss‘s “Ein Heldenleben” (A Hero’s Life),” Op. 40.
From there it’s out to the West Coast and AFIPO benefit concerts in Los Angeles Monday, October 30, and San Francisco the following night, then a stop at Santa Barbara’s Arlington Theatre on November 1.
The Los Angeles program, at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, marks the tour debut of Beethoven‘s “Piano Concerto No. 3” in C minor, Op. 37, featuring pianist Yefim Bronfman. The “Footnote” Suite and the tour debut of Franz Schubert‘s “Symphony No. 9 in C major” (“The Great”), D. 944 round out the evening’s music.
The Tuesday, October 31, audience at San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall and in Santa Barbara the following night will hear Schubert’s “Symphony No. 9” along with the “Footnote” Suite and Mozart’s “Symphony No. 36.”
The musical feast now moves to West Palm Beach, Florida, for a Saturday, November 4 concert at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. On the program will be the “Footnote” Suite, “Daphnis et Chloé” and “Ein Heldenleben.”
The following morning the orchestra heads south on I-95 for a concert that night, Sunday, November 5, in Miami’s Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, and another AFIPO Benefit. The program is the “Footnote” Suite, Mozart’s “Symphony No. 36,” and Schubert’s “Symphony No. 9.”
Then it’s back to Carnegie Hall for three unique programs in as many nights, beginning Tuesday, November 7 with Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 3” in C minor, Op. 37, again featuring Yefim Bronfman, the “Footnote” Suite and “Ein Heldenleben.”
On November 8, the IPO is joined by Mezzo-Soprano Mihoko Fujimura, MasterVoices and the Manhattan Girls Chorus for an evening devoted to the tour’s only performance of Gustav Mahler‘s “Symphony No. 3.”
For its final 2017 U.S. concert, November 9, the orchestra will perform Schubert’s “Symphony No. 9” along with the only tour performances of the Overture to “Oberon” by Carl Maria von Weber and Tchaikovsky‘s “Violin Concerto in D major” Op. 35, featuring Gil Shaham.