At every stage of its history, even before it became an independent state, Keren Hayesod-United Israel Appeal was at the forefront of supporting Israel’s physical development and shaping its cultural, educational and social infrastructure.
One of the most notable institutions founded with KH-UIA support is the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, still one of Israel’s cultural anchors.
Isaac Stern - Mann Auditorium Tel Aviv 1980.
Now celebrating its 80th anniversary, the Philharmonic held its opening gala concert in Tel Aviv in December 1936 under the baton of the world’s leading conductor at the time, Arturo Toscanini. In the ensuing years, the orchestra built a worldwide reputation. Since 1969, it has been conducted by the world-renowned Zubin Mehta, who in 1981, was named Music Director for Life.
Opera singer Mattilda Dobbs, the Ohel Shem Auditorium, Tel Aviv, 1957.
In addition to its central role in Israel’s music scene, this spectacular ensemble performs in the world’s leading cultural centers and music festivals, making it a true ambassador for Israel and yet another example of Israeli excellence.
Leonard Bernstein, Beer Sheva, 1948.
One of the Philharmonic’s outstanding activities is mentoring 1,200 disadvantaged youngsters who play in 18 “Sulamot” orchestras – an innovative project supported by generous Keren Hayesod donors. Under the leadership of Maestro Zubin Mehta, the musicians serve as role models for the youngsters and help create social change – one note at a time.
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