Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, 2006 (Photo/Wikimedia Commons)
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Tel Aviv, 2006 (Photo/Wikimedia Commons)

Israel Philharmonic to play Oct. 31 in S.F.

San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall will be one of seven stops on the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s tour of North America this fall that will celebrate music director Zubin Mehta’s nearly half-century with the ensemble.

The Oct. 31 concert in San Francisco will come halfway through the orchestra’s tour, which also will include concerts in New York, Toronto, Los Angeles, Miami, Santa Barbara and West Palm Beach, Florida. Tickets for the San Francisco show are on sale now but are expected to sell out quickly. Prices range from $26 to $180.

Tour details were announced today by the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. The orchestra performs first on Oct. 25 at New York’s Carnegie Hall and ends up back there on Nov. 9.

The San Francisco concert will include Franz Schubert’s “Symphony No. 9 in C major” (“The Great”), Mozart’s “Symphony No. 36” and Amit Poznansky’s “Footnote” Suite from the score for the 2011 Israeli film of the same name.

The national tour will celebrate the legacy of Mehta, who plans to retire as music director in 2019 after 50 years with the orchestra.

Mehta, a native of Bombay, was appointed music adviser to the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in 1969 and became music director in 1977. Four years later, he was honored as music director for life, and he has conducted more than 3,000 concerts with the orchestra.

He was music director of the New York Philharmonic for 13 years starting in 1978, the longest tenure in that orchestra’s history. Since 1985 he has been chief conductor of the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence.

Rob Gloster

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