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Serious Music Lovers in Israel Outnumber Those in U.s., Heifetz Says on Return to N.Y.

World-renowned violinist Jascha Heifetz, who returned here last night by air from a four-week tour of Israel, said at a press conference that the percentage of serious music lovers in the new state is higher than in the U.S. Mr. Heifetz played ten concerts with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, with Leonard Bernstein conducting.

Describing the Israel Philharmonic as a “first-rate, excellent orchestra,” comparing favorably with the better American orchestras, Mr. Heifetz stated that the music of contemporary Israel composers “shares the tendency of all modern music to try not to sound too much like music.”