An Israeli orchestra is cancelled

The Swedish conductor and soloist Christian Lindberg gave up his European posts four years ago to become music director of an Israeli ensemble – the Kibbutz Orchestra, based in Netanya.

There was never enough money and the town of Netanya kept cutting what little there was, but the spirit of the orchestra and the commitment of its conductor saw them through four tough years. In the thick of Covid, Lindberg flew to Israel in November to plan the orchestra’s jubilee season.

He had organised a hugely prestigous summer tour to Japan but the town of Netanya was not interested. It has now cancelled the orchestra’s entire budget, together with Christian Lindberg’s contract.

 

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  • Of the hundreds of concerts I have attended in my life, one stands out over all the others: Lindberg conducting the Phoenix Symphony in the Sibelius 2nd. It was the most exhilarating, thrilling concert in my memory. Joined memorable concerts with Abaddo, Solti, Maazel, Bernstein…Lindberg will have no trouble getting a new post. A very inspiring conductor.

  • Hope Lindberg falls on his feet. Sounds like the kibbutz does not have much interest. Can’t be a very warm working environment.

  • This is sad. Israel has been having a difficult time, as have all countries. It is not fair to say that “Netanya was not interested.” All organisations have lost money during the pandemic. Interested or not, finances are needed. The orchestra will return, better than ever.

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