The Israel Philharmonic to perform at the Sandler Center

Wednesday, April 2, 7:30 pm
pre-concert conversation, 6:30 pm

The Simon Family JCC, in partnership with Virginia Arts Festival, will present the acclaimed Israel Philharmonic Orchestra at the Sandler Center as part of the JCC’s Celebrate Israel series presented by Charles Barker Automotive.

New York Times music critic Bernard Holland says of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s tonal beauty: “From top to bottom, the strings made sounds different from any orchestra I can think of. You hear it even as players tune their instruments.”

Gianandrea Noseda is the orchestra’s principal guest conductor for the current tour, conducting seven performances in the U.S. in Naples, Fla., Houston, Texas, Newark, N.J., Washington, D.C., Louisville, Ky., Chapel Hill, N.C. and Virginia Beach.

The program consists of Faure’s Pelléas et Mélisande: Suite, Op. 80, Ravel’s Ma Mère l’Oye (Mother Goose) Suite, Daphnis et Chloé: Suite No. 2 and Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14.

As guest conductor, Noseda regularly conducts the most celebrated orchestras in the world, such as the Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Cleveland orchestras in the U.S., the London Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, the Wiener Symphoniker in Europe and the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Japan.

“Partnering with the Virginia Arts Festival on this event seems natural. We hope to continue this partnership to bring other great Israeli performances to Hampton Roads as part of the Celebrate Israel series.” says Scott Katz, JCC Center director.

For a complete list of Celebrate Israel events and the generous sponsors, visit the Simon Family JCC at

Tickets $127 gold Circle, no discounts; $92, $77. Purchase tickets through the Virginia Arts Festival at 440 Bank Street, Norfolk or Sandler Center Box Office, Virginia Beach. Call 757-282-2822 or online at Purchase tickets through the JCC at 5000 Corporate Woods Dr. in Virginia Beach. Call 757-321-2338 or online at

The Simon Family JCC is a constituent agency of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.

by Leslie Shroyer