The American Friends of the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, headquartered in New York City, will send a newsletter about the IPO to anyone interested. Go to http://afipo.org/ or call 800-42-AFIPO.
Naturally, the organization – which is nonprofit – could also use donations, in whatever amount.
The money will help support the IPO’s extensive season, and the major renovation of the Mann Auditorium, where the IPO plays. It’s 55 years old and needs a little sprucing up. The city of Tel Aviv and the Israeli Friends are also helping out.
Money is also needed to continue the orchestra’s educational programs, called Keynote, for young people throughout Israel, says Suzanne Ponsot, the executive director of American Friends.
IPO musicians make repeated visits to the schools, and students come to the Mann Auditorium, sometimes encountering famous guests – like Itzhak Perlman, Yefim Bronfman, and Gil Shaham.
“We want the youngsters to better understand the musical programs they will attend,” she says.
And, of course, the IPO wants to groom future members of the IPO.