On December 6, American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (AFIPO) and the Israel Philharmonic Foundation will premiere the “Israel Philharmonic Pre-Hanukkah Global Celebration,” a multi-disciplinary program of instrumental performances, behind-the-scenes interviews, and powerful messages of hope. The event will stream internationally, free of charge, to bring music and holiday light from Israel’s world-class Philharmonic to audiences around the world.
The event will weave together word and song, featuring Academy Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer, actress and star of Fauda Ronalee Shimon, actress and model Dar Zuzovsky, music manager Kenny Hamilton, and other special guests. The Israel Philharmonic and its Music Director Lahav Shani will perform pieces from Mr. Zimmer’s acclaimed works.
“The Israel Philharmonic is a shining light for humanitarian principles, artistic freedom, and tireless pursuit of excellence – and for continuing to provide accessible, inspiring digital musical content despite the pandemic,” said Danielle Ames Spivak, AFIPO Executive Vice President and CEO. “We are thrilled that Hans and so many Israel Philharmonic friends are joining us to spread our message of light through music.”
“2020 was an extremely difficult year for the Israel Philharmonic. We are making every effort to assist the Philharmonic and I am moved by the heartwarming response of its friends in Israel and throughout the world,” said Tali Gottlieb, Israel Philharmonic Foundation Executive Director. “In an end-of-the-year effort and in light of the exceptional success of our Global Gala this past June, which was viewed by more than 500,000 people worldwide, I hope this event will provide the Israel Phil the support it needs to grapple with the enormous challenges still ahead.”
Registration is free on AFIPO’s website; donations will offset critical Philharmonic revenue losses due to forced pandemic closures. Donors will receive access to an exclusive VIP afterparty with Christie’s Global Managing Director Lydia Fenet and guests, discussing “Trendsetters and Tastemakers: Culture, Art, Fashion and Design in 2021 and Beyond.”
About American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic: American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (AFIPO) supports the world-class Israel Philharmonic, enabling the Israel Phil to enrich diverse audiences around the world in its role as Israel’s preeminent cultural ambassador. AFIPO’s vision is to inspire the human spirit through transformative music education programs and extraordinary performances that celebrate Israel and the arts. For more information, please visit www.afipo.org
About the Israel Philharmonic Foundation: The Israel Philharmonic Foundation was founded in 1981 with the goal of supporting the Philharmonic’s present and future, as well as its music education, audience building and community outreach programs. The Foundation is responsible for fundraising in Israel and throughout the world, excluding the U.S. and Canada, and assists the Philharmonic’s tours throughout the globe. The Israel Philharmonic Foundation’s current Urgency Fund aims to ensure that the unique voice of the Israel Philharmonic will always resonate. For more information, please visit www.ipo.col.il/en
About the Israel Philharmonic: The Israel Philharmonic is the leading orchestra in Israel and globally recognized as a world-class symphonic ensemble. Founded in 1936 by famed Polish violinist Bronislaw Huberman, the Israel Phil performs regularly in its home, the Charles Bronfman Auditorium in Tel Aviv, as well as across Israel, including Jerusalem and Haifa. Additionally, it tours internationally, from Europe to Asia to North and South America. Since its inception, the Israel Phil has enjoyed long-lasting relationships with renowned soloists and conductors which have kept it at the forefront of the classical music world. For more information, please visit www.ipo.co.il