In a capstone to our Leonard Bernstein centenary celebration, we present his quirky, complex, irreverent, and very humorous operetta Candide, with orchestral staging.
There were a number of residency activities today: a side-by-side concert with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic and numerous master classes, both involving the participation of students from the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music. Founded in 2005 as a unique partnership between Tel Aviv University and the Israel Philharmonic, the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music trains outstanding young musicians and prepares them for professional careers.
Bassist David Fay figures out a way to make his bass fit on the bus to go to the side-by-side at Tel Aviv University. Photo by Jan Regan
Principal Second Violin Kimberly Fisher gets to know her stand partner from the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music Symphony. Photo by Jan Regan
Oboist Elizabeth Starr Masoudnia shares a laugh with a Buchmann-Mehta student. Photo by Jan Regan
Principal Trumpet David Bilger explains something in the score to two trumpet students prior to the pre-concert rehearsal. Photo by Jan Regan
Philadelphia Orchestra Assistant Conductor Kensho Watanabe leads the combined side-by-side orchestra in rehearsal. Photo by Jan Regan
The sold-out crowd for the side-by-side concert waits to enter Tel Aviv University’s Smolarz Auditorium. Photo by Jan Regan
The side-by-side concert. Photo by Jan Regan
A number of Philadelphia Orchestra musicians gave master classes to students from the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, at Tel Aviv University. Principal Tuba Carol Jantsch works with a student. Photo by Jan Regan
Principal Cello Hai-Ye Ni during her master class. Photo by Jan Regan
Principal Oboe Richard Woodhams listens intently during his master class. He divulged a secret technique for keeping moisture from building up in the instrument: waterproofing boot spray, applied carefully and with warnings not to breathe it in. Photo by Jan Regan
The full Orchestra gathered again in the evening for a concert at the Charles Bronfman Auditorium in Tel Aviv, with Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2 (“The Age of Anxiety”) featuring pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4.
Students held signs welcoming the Orchestra in front of the Charles Bronfman Auditorium before the concert. Photo by Jan Regan
Principal Librarian Robert Grossman prepares the music for the concert backstage. Photo by Jan Regan
Concertmaster David Kim and other members of the violin section during Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony. Photo by Jan Regan
Violists Anna Marie Ahn Petersen and David Nicastro during the Tchaikovsky. Photo by Jan Regan