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Israel Philharmonic to Mark Its 50th Anniversary

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The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) will open its 50th jubilee season here and in Jerusalem this week under the baton of the American conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein. The IPO was created in 1936 by the late virtuoso violinist Bronislav Huberman. Its musicians were refugees and exiles from Nazi Germany and performed under the baton of Arturo Toscanini.

The IPO returned to Israel last week from what was described as a highly successful tour of Europe and the U.S. Its opening jubilee performance will feature the Jubilee Games Suite composed by Bernstein especially for the occasion.

Bernstein is spending a week in Israel shooting a documentary film commissioned by the IPO. It will be the first in a series of films on the famous conductors and other artists who performed with the IPO over the years.

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