Lahav Shani conducts Prokofiev, Ben-Haim, and Beethoven — With Daniela Skorka

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

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Daniela Skorka — Soprano

Israel Philharmonic

Lahav Shani — Conductor

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For the first time in many months, thirty-seven musicians from the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra come together under the baton of Lahav Shani for this exceptional program under exceptional circumstances!

Prokofiev’s “Classical” Symphony No. 1 begins the evening—one of the first and greatest examples of 20th-century neoclassicism, consciously styled after Haydn but unmistakably the work of the Russian master. Acclaimed soprano Daniela Skorka lends her talents to Paul Ben-Haim’s Three Songs Without Words, evocative miniatures inspired by Israeli landscapes and Jewish folk tunes, before the ensemble turns to Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, an unqualified masterpiece of rhythm, form, and development that ranks among the most stirring works in the repertoire.

Lahav Shani, a worthy successor to the great Zubin Mehta—whose 50-year tenure at the head of the orchestra ended in 2019—has already developed a rich and dynamic rapport with the musicians of the IPO, on glorious display here in their home venue, the Charles Bronfman Auditorium in Tel Aviv.

We’re also thrilled to invite you to the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Global Gala—live on on June 28! Find out more in our event calendar! 

Dror Heller | Director of photography
Rafi Eshel, Yaron Aldema, Eshel Sound Studios | Sound
Oded Zehavi | Tonmeister
Dani Rogovin | Lighting designer

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Thursday, June 15, 2023