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Israel Philharmonic Visiting Japan

The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra left today for Japan, to give nine concerts under the baton of its musical director, the noted Indian musician Zubin Mehta. He told reporters yesterday the IPO’s first tour of Japan in 23 years was both politically and musically important.

There’s not much cultural exchange with Japan… when the whole orchestra goes its symbolically important” he said, noting that individual Israeli soloists play in Japan and are well received. Mehta noted that “they’re very enthusiastic, but they only applauded at the end of the whole concert, so at the intermission you think they don’t like you. Then at the end, the roof comes down,”