Jerusalem to Have Live-in Arts Center

Five world famous musicians, expected to take up temporary residence in Jerusalem and to work in quarters in the picturesque section of Yemin Moshe, announced today activities for the opening of Mishkenot Shaananim, “the dwelling place of tranquility” a live-in arts center. Cellist Pablo Casals is the dean of the group which includes violinist Isaac Stern, pianist Eugene Istomin, cellist Leonard Rose and conductor-violinist Alexander Schneider.

In their Yemin Moshe quarters the musicians will devote their mornings to a “festival youth orchestra” and their afternoons to chamber music groups. American building magnate and United Jewish Appeal leader William Levitt is expected to arrive in Haifa tomorrow and to come to Jerusalem to dedicate the center Monday. He donated $2 million to the project.

Stern stressed that the Mishkenot Shaananim Center, a project of the Jerusalem Foundation, will not compete in any way with existing music institutions. The center will be part of a complex including studios for painters, sculptors, and a retreat for artists.

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