It was Valentine's Day in New York when the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra arrived for their 20 concert tour of the United States.
Scheduled to play their first concert in Orlando, before moving on to Washington D.C., New York City, Philadelphia, and other locations throughout the East Coast, their plans were abruptly altered by the winter storm that crippled travel and dumped more than two feet of snow in 24 hours. Managing director of the orchestra, Yossi Tal-Gan didn't have much time to act so he quickly hired about twenty taxis - the only mode of transportation left in the city - to take the 90 musicians and other orchestra staff from JFK to a hotel.
When the orchestra finally escaped the blizzard and arrived in Orlando they had only an hour before their first concert was scheduled to start. Luckily the show went off without any problems, and the orchestra was free to continue its tour, hopefully without further travail. The symphony is conducted by Leon Botstein, and will be performing works by Hindemith, Copland, Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Strauss. Along the way they will perform for a crowd that will include Israel's ambassador in Washington D.C. and also in the world renowned Carnegie Hall in New York City where their journey began not so uneventfully.