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International Music Festival Concludes in Israel with Special Concert

September 19, 1961
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Israel’s first international music festival concluded here tonight with a concert by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Pablo Casals. The highlight of the festival was a performance last night by the world-famous cellist in the recently excavated 2,000-year-old Roman theater at Caesarea in the presence of some 1,500 persons who occupied almost every inch of space on the ancient stone terraces, in the center of which a musician’s platform was built for the occasion.

The special concert last night also featured Isaac Stern, Leonard Rose and Eugene Istumin as well as the Budapest Quartet. The Roman theater in Caesarea will be transformed by the Israel Government Tourist Corporation into a suitable center for future music festivals to be held every second year.

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