The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra performed in St Augustine on Tuesday, February 23rd at the Lewis Auditorium. The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra was founded in the late 1930s as the Palestine Broadcasting Service Orchestra, becoming in 1948 the national radio orchestra known as “Kol Israel (voice of Israel) Orchestra”. In the 1970s, the ensemble expanded into the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Israel Broadcasting Authority.
The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra played a crucial role in shaping and developing the cultural climate of the newly formed state of Israel, commissioning and performing modern works, both Israeli and foreign, and combining local soloists and conductors with guest artists. Among its most notable premieres are the opera David by Darius Milhaud (1954), the cantata Abraham and Isaac by Igor Stravinsky, and The Seven Gates of Jerusalem by Krzysztof Penderecki conducted by Maestro Lorin Maazel.
Some of the music world’s legendary musicians have performed with the JSO, including Igor Stravinsky, Otto Klemperer, Arthur Rubinstein, Yehudi Menuhin, Mstislav Rostropovich, Isaac Stern, Pablo Casals, Igor Markevitch, Henryk Szeryng, Yo Yo Ma, Pierre Boulez, Neville Mariner, Christa Ludwig, Tabea Zimmermann, Martha Argerich, Radu Lupu, Jose Carreras, Jean Pierre Rampal, Maxim Vengerov and Yefim Bronfman.
Both Dmitry Yablonsky and Farhad Badalbeyli will lead the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra tour in the United States in February of 2016. The tour will be dedicated to the orchestra’s 80th Anniversary.