Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Israel Philharmonic Concert in Area Theaters on July 28

Win tickets to the concert: See below for details.

On July 28, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Zubin Mehta, will be at numerous theaters in our region.

“Live From Jerusalem: An Evening With the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra” will be shown on a delayed same-day broadcast in 480 movie theaters across the United States, all at 7 p.m. local time, on the NCM Digital Broadcast Network. Filled with majestic arias and duets, the performance includes a sweeping visual and audio experience that will bring down the curtain on the Jerusalem Season of Culture 2011.

Featured on the broadcast will be soloists Renee Fleming and Joseph Calleja. The concert “will take audiences of all cultures and generations on a journey to Jerusalem to experience exclusive performances conducted and performed by the world’s greatest talents,” said Dan Diamond, vice president of NCM Fathom.

In Alabama, the broadcast will be at Regal Cinemas in Trussville and the Hollywood 18 in Huntsville; Rave in Daphne, Vestavia and Festival Plaza in Montgomery; and the Hollywood Stadium 18 in Mobile. In the Florida panhandle, locations are the Raves in Destin and Bayou 15 in Pensacola. Louisiana locations are Regal Citiplace 11 in Baton Rouge, Hollywood Stadium 14 in Covington, AMC Elmwood Place in Harahan, and Cinemark Perkins Row in Baton Rouge, Cinemark 14 in Lake Charles, and Tinseltowns in Shreveport and West Monroe. In Mississippi, participating theaters are the Cinemark Tinseltown in Pearl, and the Cinemark 16 in Gulfport.

Fathom is giving away two tickets per venue to Southern Jewish Life readers. Winners will be drawn at random from entries received by Friday morning, and will receive the tickets by mail. To enter, click here.

Known as "America's Beautiful Voice," Renée Fleming has a devoted international following wherever she appears, whether on the operatic stage, in concert or recital, on television, radio or on disc. Known as “the people’s diva” and named the No. 1 female singer by Salzburger Festspiele Magazine in 2010, she continues to grace the world’s greatest opera stages and recently received her third Grammy for the Decca recording, "Verismo."

Already one of the tenors most sought after by leading opera houses on both sides of the Atlantic, Joseph Calleja has routinely been compared to “legendary singers from earlier eras: Jussi Björling, Beniamino Gigli, even Enrico Caruso” (Associated Press). Calleja’s engagements have placed him in 28 leading roles and taken him to virtually every major European city, an outstanding achievement for a 33-year-old.

Internationally-renowned orchestral and operatic conductor Zubin Mehta has had a remarkable association with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra for five decades. He was appointed the orchestra’s music director in 1969, a position that was extended for life in 1981. The bond that was established between Mehta and the IPO, Israel’s finest cultural emissary, has grown into what he calls a “lasting marriage” of creative prosperity. For his outstanding work with major orchestras and opera companies around the world Mehta has garnered numerous awards including a Kennedy Center Honor in 2006 and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011.