The inaugural programme of the Palace of Culture in 1957 has entered legend through the fusional links between the conductor Leonard Bernstein, a native of Massachusetts and the composer of West Side Story, pianist Arthur Rubenstein as the featured performer, and the IPO, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, which subsequently took up permanent residence there.
Another date remains famous for its surreal scene. On February 23, 1991, the violinist Isaac Stern played the ‘Partita No. 2 in D minor' for solo violin after the musicians left the stage because of an Iraqi Scud-missile warning; the audience donned gas masks and stayed.
Since its renovation in May 2013, resulting in improved acoustics (signed by Japanese acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota), the centre has changed its name in tribute to the great Canadian-American philanthropist Charles Bronfman. The first conductor to direct The Palestine Philharmonic Orchestra, the ancestor of the IPO, was Arturo Toscanini in 1936.
Charles Bronfman Auditorium
Huberman St 1
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