On Saturday October 27, 2018, Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony played a concert at the New World Center in Miami Beach for “Israel at 70”. Miami Breach Mayor Dan Gelber made opening remarks relating to the tragedy in Pittsburgh and commented that Israel’s National Anthem Hatikvah means “hope.”
After performing both Hatikvah and our National Anthem, MTT, opened the concert with Joseph Rumshinsky’s Overture to Khantsche in amirike, written in 1912. Rumshinsky was trained as a cantor, and the work had been premiered by Bessie Thomashevsky, MTT’s grandmother. Jerusalem Mix by Israeli composer Avner Dormen, who pursued a doctorate degree at Juilliard where he studied with John Corigliano. The six movements include a movement titled THE WAILING WALL, which emulates the sound of a praying crowd.
Israeli violinist Itamar Zorman, winner of the 2011 Tchaikovsky Competition, then joined MTT for a beautiful performance of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto (Mendelssohn was grandson of the great Jewish philosopher Moses Mendelssohn). MTT ended the scheduled concert program with the first movement of the First Symphony of Gustav Mahler, who was born into a German-speaking Jewish family. The audience’s standing ovation was rewarded with an encore by Leonard Bernstein.