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Zubin Mehta Honored for Contributions to Enrichment of Israel’s Musical Life

New York’s Governor and Mrs. Nelson A. Rockefeller; Justice and Mrs. Arthur J. Goldberg; His Excellency Yitzhak Rabin, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States and Mrs. Rabin; His Excellency Yosef Tekoah, Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations and Mrs. Tekoah, were among the more than 800 prominent leaders in the cultural, diplomatic, social, civic and business life who joined yesterday to honor Zubin Mehta, the distinguished Indian conductor and this year’s recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation’s King Solomon Award. Violinist Isaac Stern presented the Award to Maestro Mehta at the Foundation’s annual dinner-dance in recognition of Mr. Mehta’s outstanding contributions to the enrichment of Israel’s musical life. Zubin Mehta has been the musical director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra since 1962 and became musical adviser to the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in 1968. A highlight of the evening was the Foundation’s special concert tribute to The Juilliard School. Four Israeli musicians, all former Foundation scholarship recipients–Joseph Kalichstein, pianist; Itzhak Perlman. violinist; Uri Mayer, violist and Michael Haran, cellist–paid homage to the school with a performance. Jan Peerce, chairman of its Arts Council, presented Peter Mennin a kinetic sculpture by the well-known Israeli artist, Yaacov Agam. which will eventually stand at the entrance to The Juilliard School.

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