Conductor Zubin Mehta ended his 50-year profession as musical director of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra on Sunday, celebrating his closing bow at a live performance with the orchestra in Tel Aviv.
After apologizing to the viewers within the Charles Bronfman Auditorium that even after 50 years he nonetheless can’t communicate Hebrew, he thanked the Philharmonic for giving and educating him a lot, all through all of the generations of the orchestra.
Mehta mentioned he “can’t start to even describe what I’ve realized with these musicians,” and perhaps they realized one thing from him, nevertheless it doesn’t examine to what the primary technology of the orchestra’s musicians taught him.
Lahav Shani, 30, who’s taking on the reins from Mehta, additionally took half within the live performance, becoming a member of pianist Yefim Bronfman in a bit for 4 fingers.
Mehta mentioned he was very completely satisfied to know he was handing over the baton to Shani, who was not solely his alternative for the place, however was additionally the orchestra’s alternative – and he has proved himself on many events up to now when he substituted for Mehta – alongside along with his personal concert events – and wished him all the perfect.
This system of the celebratory live performance included Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2, with Bronfman, and Mahler’s Symphony No 2, the “Resurrection,” which obtained a prolonged ovation from the viewers. Mahler’s reputation grew enormously through the Mehta’s half-century with the Philharmonic and his works have turn into a central a part of the orchestra’s repertoire.
On the finish of the live performance, Mehta and his spouse have been garlanded with flowers whereas the orchestra members threw pink roses at them – a gesture to India, his native nation. He was named emeritus musical director through the ceremony for his distinctive reference to the orchestra and for his being an distinctive goodwill ambassador for Israel.
Mehta, 83, has led the Philharmonic since 1969, first as a musical advisor and from 1977 as its musical director. He toured the world with the orchestra, accompanied by among the world’s best soloists. Mehta was additionally concerned within the course of of selecting new musicians for the Philharmonic, which has introduced in lots of world-class artists lately – and is abandoning an orchestra with wonderful musical and technical talents.