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Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra Makes Magic
December 23, 2009, 7:36 pm
Filed under: Masterworks Series

The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s (IPO) performance on December 16th marked the first presentation of the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Classical Music Series of the Center’s John S. and James L. Knight Masterworks Season. This concert also represented the Adrienne Arsht Center’s fulfillment of its promise to the community to present classical music after the Concert Association of Florida, the biggest presenter of classical music and dance in South Florida, ceased its operations in February 2009.

For this performance, Maestro Pinchas Zukerman led the illustrious ensemble, “an orchestra of soloists,” in a program which included Ms. Amanda Forsyth playing two beautiful and seldom heard pieces by Bruch and another piece which featured Maestro Zukerman in an unusual double role: Zukerman conducted the ensemble while playing Haydn’s violin concerto at the same time—a truly magnificent moment to both see and hear!

The offerings in the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Classical Music Series are made possible through the generosity of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Dr. Sanford and Dolores Ziff and the Classical Encore Circle, a select group of patrons whose mission is to Restore, Stabilize, Vitalize, and Perpetuate (R.S.V.P.) classical performances at the Adrienne Arsht Center through their support and fundraising efforts. The group’s commitment and continued support will leave a legacy of music and dance to be enjoyed for generations to come.

(L-R) Alberto Ibarguen, Pinchas Zukerman, Amanda Forsyth, Dr. Sanford Ziff and M. John Richard

The Adrienne Arsht Center also recognizes the special generosity of Mrs. Sue Miller on behalf of the Miller Family Foundation for her support of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra performance and Diane Star Heller for sponsoring the Itzhak Perlman performance in loving memory of her husband Daniel Neil Heller and his love for classical music.

The 2009/2010 Ziff Classical Music Series continues with three more world-class programs, including Itzhak Perlman, Detroit Symphony Orchestra with Leonard Slatkin, and piano superstar Lang Lang. For more information about the series, please visit www.arshtcenter.org or call 305.949.6722.

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