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Building Bridges Through Music : PSO concert tour Israël 2017

The Philips Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is going on a Concert Tour to Israel in April 2017. In a unique cooperation with the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon Lezion (ISO), the PSO is invited to play four concerts in and around Tel Aviv.

  • Monday 24 April 2017: Heichal Hatarbut, Rishon Lezion

  • Wednesday 26 April 2017: Opera House, Tel-Aviv

  • Thursday 27 April 2017: Heichal Hatarbut - Rishon Lezion

  • Saturday 29 April 2017: Heichal Hatarbut - Rehovot

In the spirit of Building Bridges Through Music, the PSO will play works from Dutch and Israeli composers. Plus famous other classical works, with as main work the 8th Symphony of Antonin Dvorák. The concert on April 26th is on the eve of the Dutch King’s Birthday, and will therefore have a special character.


All concerts will feature the young, talented Dutch violin soloist Noa Wildschut. Noa Wildschut (2001) is only 15 years old, but has already gained her place in the classical music scene. Her musical talent was noticed at a very early age. At the age of six Noa appeared live on Dutch television for the 'Kinderprinsengrachtconcert 2007' in Amsterdam. At seven she made her debut in the main hall of the Concertgebouw Amsterdam at the 'Night of the Promising'. Over the years Noa has built a considerable reputation and is being asked regularly for festivals, recitals and solo-performances with orchestra, both home and abroad. She played together with inspiring musicians such as Anne-Sophie Mutter, Janine Jansen, Menahem Pressler, Quirine Viersen, Paolo Giacometti, Vesko Eschkenazy, Arthur and Lucas Jussen. These last years Noa performs as a duo with pianist Yoram Ish-Hurwitz. For more information, please visit

The concerts will be led by Maestro Jules van Hessen, celebrating his 30th season with the PSO. Jules van Hessen conducted in Italy, France, Denmark, England (BBC Philharmonic in Manchester in 1987), Germany, Mexico and the USA (San Francisco Chamber Orchestra). In the Netherlands he led most of the professional orchestras (his debut in 1992 was with the Rotterdam Philharmonic). In 1991 he was the first Dutch conductor to lead the big two symphony orchestras in China: the Central Philharmonic Orchestra of China in Beijing and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.

For Maestro Jules it’s not the first time in Israel, he earlier conducted in Israel the Orchestra of the Rubin Academy. He also conducted the PBS production “Cantors, a Faith in Song”, recorded in the Amsterdam Portuguese Synagogue (broadcasted worldwide). Jules van Hessen is Honorary Chairman of the Internatonal Jewish Music Festival.

For most members of the Philips Symphony Orchestra, this will be their first trip to Israel. This tour presents a unique opportunity to visit famous sites like Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, Masada and the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem.


The PSO has made earlier concert tours to Beijing, Shanghai, Bangkok, Milan, Brussels, Cologne, Tallinn (Estonia), Riga (Latvia) and São Paulo in Brazil.

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