Zubin Mehta and members of the Israel Philharmonic bass section participated in a memorial service for Georg Straka, bassist of the Vienna Philharmonic, who was killed in a climbing accident on Mt. Fuji.

Both orchestras are in Tokyo as part of Far East tours.  The ceremony took place on the stage of Suntory Hall in Tokyo.

Colleagues of the Vienna Philharmonic played the Funeral March from Beethoven’s Third Symphony, and a minute of silence was observed.  Members of the IPO expressed their condolences to their colleagues of the bass section.