Indian conductor Zubin Metha, the Music Director for Life of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, conducts a dress rehearsal at the newly renovated Charles Bronfman Auditorium in Tel Aviv on May 24, 2013. The auditorium is a concert hall in Tel Aviv, Israel, which was opened in 1957 at Habima Square. It is home to the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Leonard Bernstein conducted the inaugural concert, with pianist Arthur Rubinstein, as a soloist.
It starts with the feel of a medieval chant, grows more melodic, has a section like you get in a conga band – I play those eight bars with my hands, instead of the mallets – and then I come in with brushes and mariachi sticks, like Leonard Bernstein used in ‘West Side Story.’
As you can see ... there is not a single possibility for me to conduct your music. You must do it yourself — but I will make the public relations for you.More quotes »
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