Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Announces 2017 North American Tour Dates

By: Aug. 02, 2017
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The full schedule of concert dates and programming for the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra's 2017 North American Tour were officially announced today by the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra with the opening night set for Oct. 25 at Carnegie Hall in New York.

The seven-city tour, which concludes on Nov. 9, will celebrate and honor the legacy and extraordinary achievements of Maestro Zubin Mehta, who plans to retire as Music Director of the IPO in 2019 after 50 awe-inspiring years in the position.

"The tour of the United States this fall is particularly meaningful to me because of the extraordinary range of programming and soloists who will be engaged from coast to coast," said Zubin Mehta. "I am always thrilled to have old friends including Pinchas Zukerman, Itzhak Perlman, Yefim Bronfman and Gil Shaham perform with the orchestra. The music we are making together is quite exciting, from Mozart to Mahler to Tchaikovsky. Returning to Toronto after 25 years is a milestone on this tour. Also, having the opportunity to conduct this orchestra four times at Carnegie Hall over a two-week span is a coveted opportunity."

"This tour will celebrate Maestro Mehta at every step of the way," said American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra 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."

Presented by the AFIPO, the Oct. 25 concert at Carnegie Hall will feature an all-Mozart program and an AFIPO Benefit Gala honoring Maestro Mehta. The musical selections will be "The Marriage of Figaro (Le Nozze di 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.

Following the Oct. 25 concert, the orchestra will return to Toronto for the first time in 25 years for a performance on Oct. 28 at Roy Thomson Hall that 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, Suite No. 2" and Richard Strauss's "Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life)," Op. 40.

The IPO will then perform on Oct. 30 in Los Angeles at Walt Disney Concert Hall, which will mark 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") will round out the evening's music.

On Oct. 31, the orchestra will perform at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, where the audience will hear Franz Schubert's "Symphony No. 9 in C major" ("The Great"), D. 944 along with the "Footnote" Suite and Mozart's "Symphony No. 36."

The following night, Nov. 1, the IPO will make its debut in Santa Barbara when it performs at The Arlington Theatre, presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures. The program will feature performances of "Footnote" Suite, Mozart's "Symphony No. 36" and Schubert's "Symphony No. 9."

The orchestra then returns east for a Nov. 4 concert at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, where the program will be "Footnote Suite," "Daphnis et Chloé" and "Ein Heldenleben."

The following evening, Nov. 5, the IPO will perform at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, where the program will be "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 Nov. 7 with Beethoven's "Piano Concerto No. 3" in C minor, Op. 37, again featuring Bronfman, the "Footnote" Suite and "Ein Heldenleben."

On Nov. 8, the IPO will be joined by Mezzo-Soprano Mihoko Fujimura, MasterVoices and the Manhattan Girls Chorus for an evening devoted to the tour's lone performance of Gustav Mahler's "Symphony No. 3."

For its final 2017 U.S. concert, Nov. 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 Concert in D major" Op. 35, featuring Gil Shaham.

"Over the past five decades, Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic have enjoyed a unique partnership that has brought extraordinary musical experiences to audiences around the globe," said Carnegie Hall Executive and Artistic Director Clive Gillinson. "Throughout Maestro Mehta's tenure, the IPO has continued to develop and grow, defined by its founding commitment to artistic excellence, musical integrity, and the power of music to bring people together. The passion, commitment, and loyalty that Maestro Mehta has shown to this ensemble over fifty years have made an important musical contribution to Israel and music worldwide. Carnegie Hall is thrilled to be a part of the orchestra's North American tour this fall, joining in the celebration of this significant milestone."

Tickets for the Carnegie Hall concert (Oct. 25) will go on sale to the public beginning Aug. 1 at 11 am. For more information and tickets, please visit, CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 and visit the box office at 57th Street and 7th Avenue.

Individual concert tickets are being sold by each venue.

For more information and tickets for the New York Benefit Gala (Oct. 25), please call 212-697-2949 and email

In addition to New York, Benefit Galas honoring Maestro Mehta will be held in four other tour cities - Toronto, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Miami.

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