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Israel Festival

May-June
This three-week festival, founded in 1961, is primarily dedicated to Israeli arts and culture, although guest conductors and performers from other countries are featured as well. There are symphony and choral concerts, opera, ballet and modern dance, theater, jazz, folklore, films, and art exhibitions at several locations in Jerusalem.
The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra has performed with guest conductors like Zubin Mehta and Leonard Bernstein, and Israeli dance groups offer both traditional and modern programs. Pablo Casals and Isaac Stern have played there, Rudolf Nureyev and Merce Cunningham have danced at the festival, and Sir John Gielgud has read Shakespeare there.
CONTACTS:
Municipality of Jerusalem
Public Relations and Information Unit
1 Safra Sq.
Jerusalem, 91007 Israel
972-2-629-5981; fax: 972-2-629-6910
http://www.jerusalem.muni.il/jer_main/defaultnew.asp?lng=2
SOURCES:
GdWrldFest-1985, p. 115
IntlThFolk-1979, p. 238
MusFestWrld-1963, p. 259
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