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Israel Philharmonic Orchestra: ‘Bernstein’ in SF

Posted by dopaminesurge on February 8, 2008

AFIPO tribute

The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) will play a tribute concert to Laureate Conductor and American composer Leonard Bernstein this Saturday, February 9, at 8 p.m. in the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Mr. Bernstein, composed works that incorporated inflections of jazz and traditional Jewish music into the fabric of Western orchestral music, is also well known for his contributions to American musical theater. His works includes West Side Story, Candide and On the Town, excerpts from which will be performed Saturday by renowned performers Michelle Areyzaga, Elizabeth Shammash, Jeffrey Picón, Hugh Russell, and special guest Rita Moreno, who played Anita in the film version of West Side Story. The evening also features Bernstein’s protege, conductor Michael Barrett. Jamie Bernstein, the conductor’s daughter, will host the benefit and share memories and anecdotes about her father.

Leonard BernsteinMr. Bernstein’s lifelong relationship with Israel and the IPO earned him the Laureate Conductor honor in 1988, 41 years after he conducted his first performance in Tel Aviv before the State of Israel declared independence. Although he performed as the longest-tenured conductor of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra for the majority of his career, Israel remained close to Mr. Bernstein’s heart; he conducted memorable performances at the reunification of Jerusalem and inauguration of the Mann Auditorium, premiered and recorded several of his later pieces with the IPO, and conducted the IPO during tours in North America. Mr. Bernstein’s three Jewish-themed symphonies, Jeremiah, The Age of Anxiety and Kaddish, are some of his most poignant masterpieces.

The event is hosted by the American Friends of the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra and benefits the IPO. Ticket may be purchased
at www.afipo.org and are priced at $25,000 (ten tickets); single tickets $5,000, $2,500, $1,500 and $750, or $250 for supporters under
40 years of age.

The San Francisco Conservatory of Music is located at 50 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA.



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