Bringing Noam Sheriff’s oratorio “Mechayeh HaMetim” (“Resurrection of the Dead”) to a Gala New York performance sponsored byfor the American Friends of the IPO was inspired by the enthusiastic response of the audience at the Salzburg Festival.

In a packed Carnegie Hall, it once again worked its magic!  The response from the New York audience to the massive piece orchestrated for men’s chorus (Collegiate Chorale), children’s chorus (Manhattan Girls Chorus), cantor Carl Hieger, baritone  Thomas Hampson and large orchestra was overwhelming.

Zubin Mehta commanded a performance which was technically exact and yet full of emotion; moving and expressive.  The composer sat close-by in rehearsals, and at the performance in the first box seat. A small anti-Israel demonstration on the steps of the hall didn’t affect the spirits of the audience or orchestra.

It was a victory for Israeli music.

The program opened with Arnold Schoenberg’s “Kol Nidre” with soloist Thomas Hampson.  Pianist Yuja Wang joined the orchestra in a performance of Mendelssohn’s First Piano Concerto and 2 encores: Fantasy from “The Barber of Seville” and “Seguidilla” from Carmen.

 

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