Today’s statement follows pro-Palestinian protests about the orchestra’s inaugural trip to Israel.
(Philadelphia, May 7, 2018)—Using music to bring people and cultures together, musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra will participate in special residency activities in Israel, June 3-7, 2018, as part of the Orchestra’s 2018 Tour of Europe and Israel. The activities—ranging from master classes with students to chamber performances for Jewish and Arab Israeli citizens—are an integral part of the Orchestra’s commitment to cultural diplomacy, and will provide opportunities for musicians to connect with the people of Israel in meaningful ways. Musicians of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra will also participate, joining a June 4 side-by-side concert with young musicians at Tel Aviv University.
“These residency activities have become a hallmark of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s tours, using music to bring people and cultures together in ways that would not otherwise take place,” said Orchestra Interim Co-President Ryan Fleur. “Through these unique activities, we have the opportunity to interact with Israeli citizens, including students and musicians, and to unite people of diverse backgrounds and beliefs through the universal language of music. We look forward to listening and learning from the people of Israel and using the power of music to engender dialogue and to express our hope for unity and tranquility in the region.”
Residency activities include:
Sunday, June 3: Performance at Oasis of Peace
An Orchestra ensemble will perform for the residents of Oasis of Peace, a community jointly established by Jewish and Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel. The Oasis of Peace community, which is not affiliated with any political party or movement, is based on the concepts of mutual acceptance, respect, and cooperation.
Monday, June 4: Side-by-side concert at Tel Aviv University
Approximately 15 Philadelphia Orchestra musicians and a complement of musicians of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra will collaborate with students of the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music Symphony Orchestra and members of the Outstanding Musicians of the IDF Program, sitting side-by-side with them for a performance. The concert is free to the public and will take place at 1:00 PM in Tel Aviv University’s Smolarz Auditorium.
Monday, June 4: Master classes at Tel Aviv University
Philadelphia Orchestra musicians will give master classes to students of the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music. Founded in 2005 as a unique partnership between Tel Aviv University and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music trains outstanding young musicians and prepares them for professional careers.
Monday, June 4: Arts Administration and Cultural Philanthropy Panel Discussions at the Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv
In partnership with the Culture and Art Institutions Forum in Israel, a pair of panel discussions at the Rothschild Center of the Eretz Israel Museum will offer an exchange of ideas about arts administration (2:30 PM) and cultural philanthropy (4:00 PM) in Israel and the United States. These conversations are free and open to the public, including arts administrators, philanthropists, and students.
Tuesday, June 5: Master classes at Jerusalem Conservatory Hassadna
Philadelphia Orchestra musicians will give master classes to students of the Jerusalem Conservatory Hassadna, one of Israel’s premier institutes of music education for young people ages three to 18. The Conservatory strives to provide every student with musical instruction of the highest caliber while ensuring that every child longing to experience the gift of music has access to this life-changing opportunity.
Tuesday, June 5: Master classes at the Jerusalem Music Centre
Philadelphia Orchestra musicians will give master classes to students of the Young Israel Philharmonic Orchestra at the Jerusalem Music Centre. Founded in 1973 by violinist Isaac Stern and Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek, the Centre finds and nurtures the finest musical talents from across Israel. As a global center for musical excellence, it has hosted many pre-eminent musicians of the 20th century, including Arthur Rubinstein, Pablo Casals, Leonard Bernstein, Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, and Alfred Brendel.
Wednesday, June 6: Master classes at the Israel Conservatory of Music
Philadelphia Orchestra musicians will give master classes to members of the Outstanding Musicians of the IDF Program. The program enables young soldiers with musical talent to continue developing their skills during army service.
Wednesday, June 6: Performance at the Jeanne and Bennet Tanenbaum Conservatory of Music
An Orchestra ensemble will perform at 5:00 PM for the public and for residents of the Jeanne and Bennet Tanenbaum Conservatory of Music in Netivot, Israel. The Sdot Negev Regional Council, which includes Netivot, is home to more than 40,000 residents, including many immigrants from North Africa, the former Soviet Union, and Ethiopia.
Thursday, June 7: Performance at the Lod Music School for the Gifted and Excellent
An Orchestra ensemble will perform for the children of the Lod Youth Concert Band. Established 40 years ago, the Lod Youth Concert Band is part of the Lod Music School for the Gifted and Excellent, operated by the Ministry of Education in Israel. The school’s music activities are for all segments of Lod’s population—Arabs, Christians, and Jews—as well as for newcomers from all over the world. Children between the ages of six and 18 study at the school, and graduates have gone on to enjoy professional careers with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, and other orchestras around the world.