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The Israel Philharmonic, conducted by Zubin Mehta, to perform at Severance Hall on November 16

The Israel Philharmonic’s performance in Cleveland and Violins of Hope Cleveland take place this fall

Individual tickets go on sale September 8

Release:  September 8, 2015

CLEVELAND – The Israel Philharmonic, conducted by Music Director Zubin Mehta, will perform at Severance Hall on Monday, November 16, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets for this one-night-only performance go on sale Tuesday, September 8, 2015.  The Israel Philharmonic’s Cleveland concert is part of an eight-city tour that includes performances in major cities in the United States.  This concert marks the first time that Israel Philharmonic Music Director Zubin Mehta will conduct at Severance Hall.  The concert is being presented by The Cleveland Orchestra in collaboration with the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. 

The Israel Philharmonic’s performance in Cleveland coincides with the Violins of Hope Cleveland exhibition and program of events taking place during the fall of 2015.  Violins of Hope Cleveland showcases instruments played during the Holocaust by Jewish prisoners in Nazi concentration camps.  The violins have since been painstakingly restored to concert quality in Israel and will be played by musicians of the Israel Philharmonic at the concert. 

The Israel Philharmonic performance in Cleveland was the vision of Milton Maltz, Cleveland Orchestra board member and co-founder of the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage.  “It was a natural connection to invite the Israel Philharmonic to Cleveland while the exhibition and events of Violins of Hope are taking place in Cleveland,” commented Mr. Maltz.  “To be able to share the stories of these great instruments as well as present the Israel Philharmonic is a once-in-a lifetime event.” 

“We are pleased to welcome Music Director Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic to Severance Hall for his inaugural performance,” said Gary Hanson, executive director of The Cleveland Orchestra.  “We are also grateful for our ongoing collaboration with our partners at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland.”  

“It is a privilege to join The Cleveland Orchestra in bringing the Israel Philharmonic to Cleveland for this special performance,” said Stephen Hoffman, President of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland.  “The Israel Philharmonic concert and Violins of Hope Cleveland provide a rare opportunity for our community to experience how the power of music can sustain the human spirit.”

About  Zubin Mehta

Zubin Mehta was born in 1936 in Bombay and received his first musical education under the guidance of his father, Mehli Mehta, who was a noted concert violinist and the founder of the Bombay Symphony Orchestra.  After a short period of pre-medical studies in Bombay, he left for Vienna in 1954 where he eventually entered the conducting program under Hans Swarowsky at the Akademie für Musik.  Zubin Mehta won the Liverpool International Conducting Competition in 1958 and was also a prize-winner of the summer academy at Tanglewood.  By 1961, he had already conducted the Vienna, Berlin and Israel Philharmonic Orchestras.  He has recently celebrated 50 years of musical collaboration with all three ensembles.

Mr. Mehta was Music Director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra from 1961 to 1967 and also assumed the Music Directorship of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra in 1962, a post he retained until 1978.  In 1969 he was appointed Music Adviser to the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra; he was made Music Director of that orchestra in 1977.  In 1981 the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra awarded him the title of Music Director for Life.  Zubin Mehta has conducted over three thousand concerts with this extraordinary ensemble, including tours spanning five continents.  In 1978, he took over the post as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic commencing a tenure lasting 13 years, the longest in the orchestra's modern history.  Since 1985, he has been chief conductor of the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence.

In 2006, Zubin Mehta was recognized for his extraordinary artistic achievements as a Kennedy Center Honoree.  He was honored in October 2008 by the Japanese Imperial Family with the “Praemium Imperiale.”  In 2011, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and became recipient of the Furtwängler Prize at Bonn’s prestigious Beethovenfest for his “dedication both to music and social issues.”  The Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany was bestowed to him in July 2012.  The Indian Government honored him in September 2013 with the “Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony,” which a year earlier was awarded to Ravi Shankar.

Zubin Mehta continues to support the discovery and furtherance of musical talents all over the world through the Mehli Mehta Music Foundation in Bombay and Tel Aviv.

About the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1936 as a haven for the oppressed Jewish virtuosi of Europe.  Today, the Orchestra is recognized both nationally and internationally as an eminent musical institution and as Israel’s musical ambassador.  The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1936 by Bronislaw Huberman and its inaugural concert, on December 26, 1936, was conducted by Arturo Toscanini.  The Orchestra strives to promote artists, composers, and young talents from Israel and abroad through its commissions and premieres and has hosted most of the world’s greatest conductors and soloists.  With leaders such as Maestro Zubin Mehta, Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Masur, Yoel Levi, and Gianandrea Noseda, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra has played a vital role in Israel’s musical and cultural development for 79 years.

About Violins of Hope Cleveland

Violins of Hope Cleveland is an unprecedented collaboration among seven leading Cleveland nonprofit partners and more than a dozen affiliate organizations.  The partners have joined together to educate and inspire audiences with a series of programs influenced by one man’s mission to preserve instruments connected to the Holocaust and bring their stories and music to life.  Played by Jewish prisoners in Nazi concentration camps, the instruments have been collected and restored by Israeli violin maker Amnon Weinstein for more than two decades.  The historic violins have been played in concerts from Jerusalem to Berlin and Charlotte, NC, providing a rare opportunity to explore unique stories behind each of the instruments and the individuals who owned them.  Throughout the fall of 2015, a diverse range of nonprofit organizations will sponsor performances, lectures, an exhibition, and other public programming. The partners are: The Cleveland Orchestra, Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Facing History and Ourselves, ideastream, the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, and the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage.  For more information, please visit


Tickets to the performances are available on-line at, or by calling Ticket Services at 216-231-1111 or 800-686-1141.  The Severance Hall Ticket Office is located on street level in the Smith Lobby.  The entrance and 15-minute Ticket Service parking are along the west side of the building, on East Boulevard.  Severance Hall Ticket Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and, beginning September 12, Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (closed Sundays and holidays except for those days with performances, when the Ticket Office opens three hours prior to each performance). 


Monday, NOVEMBER 16, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Zubin Mehta, conductor

BARDANASHVILI:  A Journey to the End of the Millennium
RAVEL:   La valse, poème chorégraphique
DVOŘÁK:  Symphony No. 9 in E minor (“From the New World”)

All programs, artists, and prices are subject to change.