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A Singing Affair

An estimated 300,000 persons attended a concert in Yarkon Park Saturday night and cheered wildly, with good reason. The performers were the internationally famous grand opera star, Placido Domingo, the equally famous violinist, Yitzhak Perlman, and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Zubin Mehta.

It was the ninth, and by far the best attended in the series of open air concerts by the IPO. There was no charge for admission. But the public was asked to make donations in response to Domingo’s request for aid for child victims of the earthquake that devastated Mexico City last year. Domingo began his career with the now-defunct Israel Opera.

According to the Tel Aviv Development Fund which organized the concert, it drew the largest audience ever in Israel. Mayor Shlomo Lehat of Tel Aviv presided.