RAPID CITY, S.D. (Jul. 18)
Some 50 teenage Israeli musicians are here to play their way to a world championship. The youngsters, 12-20, are the Kiryat Ono Youth Symphony Band, a group of consistent prize winners competing here in the International Youth Band Festival. Kiryat Ono is a modern Israeli city of 20,000 just outside Tel Aviv. Preliminary competitions began this weekend and the finals will be held on Thursday in Bottineau. N.D.
The festival is the start of a 13-city five-week tour arranged by B’nai B’rith for the group. It includes a concert on the White House elipse as part of the Bicentennial White House visitors program. Band members are from the Kiryat One’s Music Conservatory which has an enrollment of 500. The band has won high awards in many European competitions during the past 10 years.