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Israeli Orchestra Flies to USSR

The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra left Wednesday night for the Soviet Union, where it will give five performances under the baton of its longtime conductor and musical director, Zubin Mehta.

It will be the first-ever concert tour of the Soviet Union by Israel’s world-famous ensemble, which is slated to play in Moscow, Riga and Leningrad.

The 100-member orchestra flew on a special direct flight by El Al to the Soviet capital.