Legendary Composer Stanley Silverman To Be Honored By Israel Philharmonic
Stanley Silverman will be honored by the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (AFIPO), on the occasion of his 80th birthday, at their upcoming Los Angeles gala, October 25, 2018 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. The event will honor the life and work of the diverse Grammy and Tony nominated American composer, with a program inclusive of classical and popular music Silverman has composed for both theater and film, along with remarks by special guests. Actors Rob Morrow and Jane the Virgin star Jaime Camil will MC the event. Silverman joins other musical legends who have been honored by the AFIPO at their Los Angeles gala, including multi-Oscar winning composer Hans Zimmer in 2014, and conductor Zubin Mehta in 2017.
"I am honored to be receiving this recognition from the AFIPO," said Silverman, "As a passionate supporter of the organization, I am very much looking forward to the gala in October and hearing some of my important pieces played by these musicians of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra."
"From the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra's founding, by some of the best musicians across Europe, the roots of the orchestra have always been about moving the world through music. Stanley, with his diverse and inspiring career, has certainly done such, and we are thrilled to honor him on his 80th birthday," said AFIPO West Coast Director Danielle Ames Spivak.
Making the night a family affair, Silverman's son, Ben Silverman, Chairman and Co-CEO of Propagate Content, and daughter-in-law, Jennifer Silverman, will co-chair the event. Additional co-chairs for this year's gala feature a mix of consumer, entertainment and media heavyweights, including: Lynn Harris and husband Matti Leshem, Global Road Entertainment executive and Founder of Weimaraner Republic Pictures respectively; Yifat Oren, Founder of Oren Co; Liza Chasin and husband Matthew Velkes, President of 3dot Productions and COO of Anonymous Content, and Kfir Gavrieli, Co-Founder and CEO of Tieks.
"My father is the smartest man I know and he has used his love of music to bridge cultures and time periods creating lasting memories," said co-chair Ben Silverman. "The Israel Philharmonic is an extraordinary orchestra that travels the world connecting people through its brilliant work. I look forward to seeing the two converge on this exciting evening."
Guests will enjoy the musical performance, which is prefaced by dinner and followed by dessert. All proceeds from the evening will benefit the music education programs of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, which reach 22,000 youth in Israel each year from every race and religion.
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ABOUT AFIPO AND IPO
American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (AFIPO) is a non-profit organization dedicated to sustaining the financial future of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO). The IPO is the leading orchestra in Israel and globally recognized as a world-class symphonic ensemble. The Orchestra performs regularly in its home, the Charles Bronfman Auditorium in Tel Aviv as well as throughout Israel, including Jerusalem and Haifa. Additionally, it frequently tours internationally, travelling around the world from Asia to America. Since its inception, the IPO has enjoyed long-lasting relationships with renowned soloists and conductors which have kept it at the forefront of the classical music world. The longest and closest such relationship has been with the current Music Director, Maestro Zubin Mehta, who has been at the helm of the Orchestra for over 50 years. In 2020, then 31 year old Lahav Shani will succeed Mehta as Music Director.
ABOUT Stanley Silverman
Stanley Silverman was born in New York City and attended The High School of Performing Arts. After college graduation he pursued a career as a concert guitarist performing frequently with The New York Philharmonic, The Boston Symphony, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and at festivals such as Marlboro and Ojai, working with Bernstein, Boulez, Foss, and Schuller before turning his attention to composing full time. Silverman taught at Tanglewood during the 1960s and in 1965 was appointed music director of The Lincoln Center Repertory Theater before joining Canada's Stratford Festival. In 1968 Silverman began collaborating with playwright/director Richard Foreman resulting in several works of music-theatre. During the 1980s Silverman enjoyed a brief and successful directing career. Recently, while devoting full time to composing, he became a consultant to Reveille TV, Electus and NBC Specials.
Silverman is a winner of the Obie, Drama Desk, Naumburg, and Koussevitsky Foundation Awards, and both a Tony and Grammy Award Nominee.