JERUSALEM (Dec. 3)
The first concert of the Palestine Symphony Orchestra, composed of musicians in exile from Germany, under the baton of Arturo Toscanini will be broadcast throughout the Near East by the Palestine Broadcasting System, it was disclosed today.
The recently-inaugurated Government station is now completing arrangements, it was revealed, to broadcast part of the program on December 30 at the Edison Theatre, carrying the music to Arab peasants and Jewish farmers in the remotest parts of the country.
Negotiations commenced last Spring when Mr. Toscanini, Bronislaw Huberman, the Austrian Jewish violinist who founded the orchestra, and Stephen Fry, program director of P.B.S., were reported to have met in America.
The National Broadcasting Company was said to have been seeking to pick up the program for broadcasting in the United States, but it was understood that these arrangements had not been completed to date because of technical difficulties.
Toscanini and Huberman are planning to fly here together from Italy at the end of this month. The orchestra is rehearsing meanwhile under Hans W. Steinberg, German refugee conductor.
The concert under Toscanini will open with Weber’s “oberon” overture and include works of Brahms, Mendelssohn, Schubert and Beethoven’s third “Leonore” overture.
The orchestra will later give modern works by Steinberg, Schoenberg and Shoshtakawich. Among the soloists will be Adolf Busch, violinist, and Benno Moisewitch. Conductors to follow Toscanini will be Steinberg, Issay Dobrowen and Michel Taube.