COMING HOME - 75 Years Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Documentary on the anniversary of the extraordinary orchestra
A Film by János Darvas

The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra - a cultural icon of Israel and one of the greatest classical ensembles in the world - celebrates its 75th Birthday on December 26th, 2011. The film by János Darvas portrays the orchestra and tells of its moving history, which is both a reflection of the history of Israel and the fate of the Jews in the 20th Century. With texts from memoirs, with material from radio interviews, home movies and photos from the orchestra’s archives, as well as from private collections, the film will not only tell the story of the orchestra, but draws parallels to the fates of many individuals. Historical footage brings the 75-year history of the orchestra to life. Interviews with orchestra members from the early years weave through talks with musicians that joined later, and with current orchestra members. Moreover, Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim and Pinchas Zukerman have their say.

HD - 52 minutes
A production of EuroArts Music International in co-production with WDR/Arte/IBA
Completion: November 1st, 2011

Executive Producer: Bernd Hellthaler
Producer: Isabel Iturriagagoitia

Commissioning Editor: Lothar Mattner

Airing in Israel on December 24, 2011 IBA 1 (hebrew)

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