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Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, IBA

Street address:   5 Chopin Street, Jerusalem
  P O Box 4640, Jerusalem 91040
Telephone number:   972 2 566 0211
Fax number:   972 2 566 9117
Web site:   http://www.jso.co.il/
Proprietor:   Non-profit organisation supported by the Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA), the the Municipality of Jerusalem, the Culture and Arts Administration and the Jerusalem Foundation
Contact:   David Shallon Principal Conductor
  Zusia Rodin Managing Director

Founded in 1936 by the British Mandatory Broadcasting Authority as a small-scale chamber ensemble, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, IBA later evolved and blossomed into a full-scale symphony orchestra. In its formative years the orchestra held only a weekly concert, which was broadcast live from the YMCA Auditorium, Jerusalem. Taking up permanent residence at the Henry Crown Symphony Hall of the Jerusalem Center for the Performing Arts in 1985, the scope of its concerts grew considerably. Today its concerts are broadcast live, 11 months of the year. A major mission of this 90-member orchestra is to introduce long-standing Israeli and immigrant artists, to reveal young performing talent and to perform works written by Israeli composers of all ages. Famous artists who began their careers on the orchestra’s stage include Daniel Barenboim, Shlomo Mintz, Pinchas Zuckerman and Yefim Bronfman. Besides its regular concert series, the orchestra gives afternoon performances within the framework of ‘Open Studio’, and the annual Liturgica Festival (see p XX). The orchestra appears at concerts and festivals nationwide and makes regular overseas concert tours. Musical directors who have worked with the orchestra include Mendi Rodan, Lucas Foss and Gary Bertini.