Saturday, March 29, 2014

Houston Welcomes the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra [+ update]

I usually keep my classical musical posts for the weekends on the Tales, but I must make an exception as tonight [Thursday] Sheralyn and I are lucky to be going to Jones Hall in Houston to be attending a special appearance by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

Israel Philharmonic - now 78 years of great music
This from the Your Houston web site: "Bringing its historic message of peace through music, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO), joined by Principal Guest Conductor Gianandrea Noseda, will return to Houston for the first time in 20 years on Thursday, March 27, 2014, at 8 p.m. at Jones Hall... The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra is one of Israel’s oldest and most influential cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1936, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra has dedicated itself to presenting the world’s greatest music to audiences in Israel and around the world."

Here is a great documentary of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra on their 75th anniversary from December of 2011:

Here is the magnificent Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, with legendary Maestro Zubin Mehta at the baton, performing the final movement of Beethoven's most peaceful symphony emoting images of nature's wonderment, his Symphony #6 in F-Major known as the Pastoral Symphony. This 5th [final] movement is in rondo form with the beautiful major motif known as the "Shepherd's song of Thanksgiving." This Beethoven symphony is unique as it does not have one of those stirring, powerful closes, but rather ends in a positive, peaceful serenity.

L.V. Beethoven: Symphony #6 in F-Major, "The Pastoral", Movement 5, Allegretto:

The fetching Mrs. B and I are really looking forward to being in Jones Hall to experience this iconic symphony orchestra from Israel.  I must admit, being Jewish it will give me a great sense of pride to be there as Houston welcomes the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra with I'm sure a rousing ovation.

Welcome to Houston, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra! 
UPDATEOn Thursday night Sheralyn and I attended Jones Hall in Houston and the concert given by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.  What an awesome, heart warming experience we had.  While attending a concert by the great Houston Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra members will be in their seats a few minutes before the concert, warming up and practicing phrases from the pieces they are about to play.  This setting was different, as all Israel Philharmonic Orchestra members came out on the stage together at concert time to a big applause by the audience.  Then, like at a Houston Symphony Orchestra concert, the concertmaster came out to applause as everyone tuned their instruments.  Finally the principal guest conductor for the IPO, Gianandrea Noseda came out again to a huge applause.  He turned to the orchestra, and in a surprise, he led the orchestra to the United States National Anthem and then Hatikva, the Israel National Anthem as everyone rose to their feet.  Wow, what a wonderful moment.  You could actually hear some members of the audience singing, in Hebrew, Hatikva.  It brought prideful chills to me.  At the end there was a sustained loud ovation as if the patrons were letting these Israeli's know how much we welcome them to Houston and how much we support the Jewish state.  Just to be there at that moment was worth being in Jones Hall.

The Israel Philharmonic is truly a great symphony orchestra producing a magnificent warm sound.  They played each piece magnificently.   The concert was an all French concert as it included pieces by Gabriel Faure and Maurice Ravel.  After the intermission came the epic symphony from Hector Berlioz, "Symphonie Fantastique".   Maestro Noseda's interpretation of the Berlioz' was strong decisive and stirring.  The audience rose to their feet in shouts of Bravo at it's conclusion.  There was great love between Maestro Noseda, the members of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Houstonians who were in attendance.  Sheralyn and I are glad we went to this special occasion.

Being an American it was so wonderful to welcome the IPO.  Being a Jew, it made me beam with pride.  Thank you Israel Philharmonic Orchestra for giving us an evening to remember forever.

Please turn up the volume to hear Hatikva [this version with the singing] and the final movement of the French composer Berlioz' great Symphonie Fantastique [two of the pieces we heard on Thursday night].

Hatikva: "Hope" - Israel National Anthem:

Hector Berlioz:  "Symphonie Fantastique", Movement 5, "Dream of a Witches Sabbath":


bradley said...

sounds like a heart warming fun night to come!!

Big Mike said...

Thanks Brad- and with the DVR rolling at home for the NCAA games. 😊😊

bradley said...

your update brings palpable enthusiasm to what sounds like a once in a lifetime memorable music and personal experience!

Big Mike said...

It was brother!