Contemporary Israeli Music Given Ovations at Special Concert

A distinguished audience that included some of America’s foremost musicologists and critics crowded Philharmonic Hall here tonight and applauded a unique concert of contemporary Israeli music that covered a broad spectrum of musical media from a cappella choral numbers to solo and instrumental works and electronic music.

The concert, presented by Composers’ Showcase, an American organization specializing in the presentation of international music series, was held under the patronage of the Government of Israel, with the support of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and the sponsorship of the Women’s League for Israel.

Among the musical participants were two Israeli composers, Joseph Tal and Gedeon Partos, who came here especially to conduct and play the solos in their own compositions. Mr. Tal is a pianist and Mr. Partos is a violinist. Others on the program included tenor Jan Peerce, sopranos Jennie Tourel and Janice Harsanyi; conductors Charles Munch and Julius Rudel leading the American Symphony Orchestra; and the Master work Chorus under David Randolph.

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