Few can chronicle the changes in the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra better than Gabriel Vole, a veteran double bass player.
Dudamel, who will be 28 when he replaces Esa-Pekka Salonen as music director of the L.A. Philharmonic next year, considers Leonard Bernstein a role model.
" . . . Music was within the Jewish tradition from biblical times," he said. "Music is a kind of connection between the human and the divine . . . "
It says something about Gisele Ben-Dor's dedication to her profession that when she made her conducting debut with the Israel Philharmonic in 1983, she was nine months pregnant.
Her concluding piece was Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring," which, in view of her particular condition, was renamed by the orchestra as "The Rite of the Offspring."