From The Coronation to The Requiem: The IPO’s 83rd Season

From the Coronation to the Requiem: the IPO’s 83rd Season


The IPO’s 83rd concert season opens this fall, marking the end of an era: the last season under the musical directorship of Zubin Mehta.
Maestro Mehta opens the 84th season before he retires in the fall of 2019, concluding 50 years of activity with the orchestra.
The season’s artistic program is a festive mosaic of beloved and popular works, alongside contemporary music, and the list of performing artists is extremely impressive.

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A Sweeping Opening

The season begins under the baton of Maestro Mehta, with first IPO performance of Uri Brener’s “The Prophet”, Schumann’s Piano Concerto with Martha Argerich and Mozart’s “Coronation” Mass, with four guest singers and Munich’s Bach Choir. The concerts that follow feature Denis Matsuev performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and IPO Principal Cellist Gal Nyska in Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 2.

Guest Conductors: Debuts by Alan Gilbert and Sascha Goetzelלהב שני

We are proud to host Maestro Alan Gilbert, who until last year served as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, and Austrian born Sascha Goetzel, who has been Music Director of the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra since 2007. Gilbert conducts Dvorak’s “New World” Symphony and works by Weber and Rachmaninov, as well as Nielsen’s Third Symphony. Goetzel conducts Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony and Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto with pianist Daniil Trifonov.

Other guest conductors include Pablo Heras-Casado, who conducted Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring last season. Next season he conducts Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, Ravel’s Bolero, and more.

Gianandrea Noseda, IPO Principal Guest Conductor, Vasily Petrenko and Manfred Honeck return to the orchestra next season to conduct Beethoven’s “Eroica”, Brahms’ German Requiem and Schumann’s “Spring” Symphony. Christoph Eschenbach conducts Mahler’s Ninth and Ilan Volkov conducts Leonard Bernstein’s “Kaddish” Symphony.

Lahav Shani, IPO Music Director designate, conducts Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique and plays and conducts Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2.


At the Piano: Argerich, Matsuev, Nehring, Buniatishvili and Trifonov 

Next season features virtuoso pianist Martha Argerich, who launched her international career after winning the prestigious Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 1965. She has since added three Grammy awards to her list of achievements and appears regularly with the world’s leading orchestras.

23-year-old Polish pianist Szymon Nehring, who won the prestigious Rubinstein Competition last year, makes his IPO debut performing Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Khatia Buniatishvili returns with Mozart’s 20th Piano Concerto; Denis MatsuevDaniil Trifonov, and Israeli-American pianist Inon Barnatan also join us later in the season.


Violinists: Joshua Bell, Lisa Batiashvili and Leonidas Kavakos

Several violinists appear with us next season: Bell performs Dvorak’s Concerto and Saint-Saens’ Concerto No.

3, Batiashvili play Prokofiev’s Second Concerto and Kavakos performs Shostakovich’s Concerto.

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Lenny’s 100
th birthday: Celebrating Leonard Bernstein’s Centennial

Leonard Bernstein was one of the greatest American musicians, conductors and composers of the 20th century, and he contributed significantly to the IPO’s professional evolvement over the years, until his death in 1990. Next season we mark his centennial with several events: Ilan Volkov conducting the “Kaddish” Symphony, with soprano Chen Reiss and actor Itay Tiran. The concert opens with two film documentaries on Bernstein’s life. Next season also features two special concerts (details will be sent separately) of Candide and of songs from Bernstein’s musicals, including West Side Story and On the Town.


The IPO in Jeans: Late-Night Music

The IPO in Jeans introduces the audience to classical music in a more relaxed atmosphere, with a pre-concert ensemble and free beer in the foyer. Celebrities from showbiz present the concerts, and next season’s guests include Ester Rada, Kobi Meidan, Zipi Pines, Guy Peleg, Lior Ashkenazi and Ran Danker.


The IPO for Kids

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Next year’s IPO for Kids series opens with the sounds of the violin: IPO leading violinists and young soloists appear under the baton of IPO principal violist Roman Spitzer. The second concert will “fly” us to the moon, with interstellar music, conducted and presented by Roni PoratShmuel Elbaz conducts and presents the third concert, which takes us on a multi-cultural journey through the sounds of his mandolin. IPO trumpeter Eran Reemy conducts the fourth concert, presented by Tal Mosseri. The final concert highlights a mixture of sounds and tastes from Rossini’s kitchen, conducted and presented by Roni Porat.

Zucker Hall: Chamber Music Series, Musical Lectures and More

Our newest hall, inaugurated last season, enables us to hold events of a more intimate nature: lectures on music, chamber music concerts and unique fusions of classical music and other art forms.


The Season’s Conclusion and End of an Era: Mehta conducts Verdi’s Requiem

In the first half of July 2019, Maestro Mehta conducts his last program as Music Director of the IPO. Symbolically, the Maestro has chosen to seal five decades of musical activity with the orchestra with this historic, touching and moving piece, which combines sorrow and farewell with feelings of deep gratitude.



We are proud to present the coming season—varied, innovative and intriguing, rich with beloved and popular works and musicians, alongside new and surprising pieces and guest artists making their debut on our stages.

Looking forward to seeing you at Charles Bronfman Auditorium in Tel-Aviv, at ICC Jerusalem and at the Haifa Auditorium.




Photo credits

Zubin Mehta: Oded Antman

Lahav Shani: Marco Borggreve

Martha Argerich: Adriano Heitman

Gianandrea Noseda: Sherman 2014

Christoph Eschenbach: Luca Piva

Joshua Bell: Lisa Marie Mazzucco

Denis Matsuev: Evgeny Evtyukhov

Manfred Honeck: Felix Broede

Daniil Trifonov: Dario Acosta

Leonidas Kavakos: Marco Borggreve

Alan Gilbert: Peter Hundert

Thomas Hampson: Jiyang Chen

Vasily Pertrenko: Mark McNulty

Pablo Heras-Casado: Fernando Sancho

Khatia Buniatishvili: Gavin Evans

Chen Reiss: Paul Marc Mitchell

Ilan Volkov: James Mollison

Lisa Batiashvili: Sammy Hart DGG

Inon Barnatan: Marco Borggreve

Sascha Goetzel: Özge Balkan

Szymon Nehring: Bartek Barczyk

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