Symphony Orchestra of TAU's Buchmann-Mehta School of Music Makes Its Carnegie Hall Debut May 21

"Farm team" for the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra showcases Mozart and Vivaldi

One of the most acclaimed student orchestras in the world, the Symphony Orchestra of Tel Aviv University's Buchmann–Mehta School of Music comes to New York for its debut at the legendary Carnegie Hall on Monday evening, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. for a special one-time-only performance.

Zeev Dorman, head of the school, will lead the orchestra and soloists in a program featuring the overture and arias from Mozart's Don Giovanni and Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Cellos, as well as Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola and his Symphony No. 35, the "Haffner."

The orchestra last appeared in New York for a special Holocaust Remembrance Day performance at the United Nations in 2008, led by maestro Zubin Mehta, who was instrumental in the founding of the school in 2004.

Expanding the future of music in Israel

The Buchmann–Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University was established to ensure the future of Israel's orchestras by preparing a new generation of exceptional young musicians — orchestral performers, conductors and others — for professional careers. Since the school's creation, more than 50 students have performed with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and 40 of the world's leading musicians, such as pianist Yefim Bronfman and violinist Julian Rachlin, have visited the school to give master classes.

Voice and instrumental soloists for the Carnegie Hall program include established names — Zachariah Njoroge Karaiithi (baritone), Einat Aronstein (soprano), Hagai Shaham (violin), Matan Noussimovitch (viola), Hillel Zori (cello) and Kristina Reiko Cooper (cello). The dream of playing Carnegie Hall is also coming true in spectacular fashion for rank-and-file student musicians including Jose Batista, Jr., and Yael Gat. Read their affecting stories and those of other student performers here:

The school's students have won dozens of prizes in prestigious international competitions, and the orchestra has performed in some of the world's most distinguished venues, including the Auditorio Nacional de Musica in Madrid, the Tonhalle in Zurich, and the Konzerthaus in Berlin, to glowing reviews. In Switzerland, the Zürcher Oberländer Anzeiger wrote, "As long as the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra has this young orchestra at its disposal, it has no need to worry about the future generation." And Israel's Globes press service said, "One could use 'astounding' or 'overwhelming' without exaggeration" in describing the quality of the performances.

Comprehensive, rigorous, professional training

"Our School of Music is proud to combine a comprehensive academic program with a most rigorous professional musical training program, offering a wide range of degrees," says Prof. Hannah Naveh, Dean of Tel Aviv University's Yolanda and David Katz Faculty of the Arts. Master classes, taught by musicians of international renown, give students a one-on-one opportunity to learn from an eminent virtuoso.

The school also provides several outreach programs to under-served communities in Israel, including Sulamot, which creates youth wind orchestras for low socioeconomic populations throughout the country, a spur to bringing about social change. This initiative, through the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra's Key Note program in collaboration with TAU's Bob Shapell School of Social Work, uses music to help children acquire the tools they need to succeed — including responsibility, teamwork, respect, cooperation, tolerance, and ethics — while enhancing self-confidence and empowerment.

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