Israelis mourn much-loved orchestra chief

The death from cancer of Bentzi Shira, head of the Israel Chamber Orchestra, has triggered a wave of grief.

More ideas man than manager, he was an formidable giver of opportunities to young musicians. Among other attainments, he founded the Israeli Arts TV Channel.


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  • A wonderful and kind man, also very funny. A powerful force in music and a good friend to musicians and those in the music business. It should be noted that he was new to the Israel Chamber Orchestra – previously he served a very distinguished decade as head of the Israel Camerata.

  • Also, there was an amazing show of love at his funeral today – so many people that they spilled out of the prayer-hall. It might have been as many as a thousand, but certainly many hundreds.

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