The Israel Philharmonic dedicated its 9/11 tour concert in Bonn, Germany to the memory of Herman Sandler, Former Chairman of the Board of the American Friends of the IPO. Herman’s life was cut short 10 years ago in the attacks on the Twin Towers. Zubin Mehta spoke for all the musicians when he recalled Herman’s generosity and enthusiasm for the IPO.

As is often the case, the orchestra was welcomed by the director of the Beethovenfest. We were reminded that this summer is the 40th anniversary of the first visit of the Philharmonic to Germany, the first concert having taken place in Bonn.

At intermission of the concert which was held in the Beethovenhalle, Zubin was presented with the Furtwangler Award for life work in music. It was presented by Peter Jonas, Zubin’s friend and general director during his years at the Bayrischen State Opera.

The morning began with an early flight from Dresden into rainy Bonn. Because of the early arrival, most of the hotel rooms were still not ready. One by one over the next 2 hours, first musicians with critical parts in the evening’s concert, then senior members and finally the new members and extras, received their keys rooms became available.

 

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