MOSCOW (Jun. 28)
The three members of an Israeli cultural delegation were honored by leading Soviet musicians and cultural officials yesterday at a reception held in the Friendship House here, it was reported by the Novosti Press Agency. The Israelis were Zvi Haftel, an Israel violinist; the manager of the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra; and Eli Peleg, the national secretary of the Israeli-USSR Friendship Movement.
Among the Soviet personalities who greeted the Israeli guests were Professor Lev Ginzburg, stage director Victor Kommisarzhevsky, noted pianist Prof. Yakov Flier, composer Gavril Popov and leading artist of the Moscow Bolshoi Theater Vera Duldova. The Israeli guests expressed their gratitude for the reception and explained they were conducting talks in Moscow on cultural exchange programs between Israel and the Soviet Union.
“We are immensely impressed by the sincerity and warmth shown us in various state and public organizations we visited during our first three days in Moscow,” the violinist said. “I’m convinced that planned mutual tours of musicians will serve the cause of strengthening contacts and friendship between the Israeli and Soviet peoples.”