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A Historic Project

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The Bernstein Benchmark

July 24, 2017

The centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth has special resonance for the IPO. August 25, 2018 marks the centennial of the birth of Leonard Bernstein. Though his arrival to Ukrainian-Jewish immigrants in Lawrence, Massachusetts was quiet and unassuming, his departure 72 years later, as one of the century’s most recognizable and revered men, had impact around the globe. Bernstein left behind a body of work, circle of admirers and variety of energized institutions, notably the New York Philharmonic, where he was…[Read More]

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An August Return to China

Zubin Mehta leads the IPO to Nanjing and Harbin for five concerts. In the first weeks of August, months before its much-anticipated fall tour to the United States, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra is making an historic return to China for concerts in Nanjing, Jiangsu’s provincial capital, on August 5, 6 and 7 and Harbin, the largest city in Heilongjiang province, on August 10 and 12. This will be the full orchestra’s eighth trip to China, but its first during the…[Read More]

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