TAU musicians to play at UN in NY

The Symphony Orchestra constitutes the preparatory body for the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

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The Symphony Orchestra of the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music will appear in a special Holocaust memorial concert at the United Nations General Assembly Hall in New York on January 28. Zubin Mehta will conduct the orchestra at the ceremony for the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, under the patronage of the UN secretary-general and in the presence of the heads of the UN's diplomatic missions and Israeli Ambassador to the UN Dan Gillerman. The UN's Holocaust memorial day was instituted three years ago, and marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. The Symphony Orchestra constitutes the preparatory body for the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. It consists of about 90 instrumentalists studying in the orchestra-training program jointly managed by Tel Aviv University and the IPO. "This is an important landmark for our young musicians," said Prof. Tomer Lev, head of the school. "In these difficult days, when the international community holds such a negative opinion of Israel and identifies our young generation with guns and roadblocks - this will be an opportunity to prove that Israel and its young people also have a completely different side: of excellence and artistic creation of the highest international level." The concert will include "Psalms" by Paul Ben Haim, which was composed during World War II; "Kol Nidre" by Max Bruch for violoncello and orchestra; and Symphony No. 5 by Beethoven.