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Berlin Welcomes Israel Philharmonic

The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra got a rousing reception Tuesday night from a crowd of more than 15,000 music lovers in Berlin.

Zubin Mehta, the IPO’s conductor and music director, thanked the audience for its warm welcome, which included many in the audience holding lighted candles. He noted it was exactly 20 years ago that the orchestra had first played in West Berlin.

The orchestra was founded by Bronislaw Hubermann, a native of Poland, in 1936. The orchestra was at the time composed almost entirely of musicians who had fled Nazi Germany and other European countries.

The IPO ended its current musical tour of Germany on Wednesday night with a performance in Leipzig, in what was formerly East Germany. The orchestra never played in that country.

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