Israeli orchestra lands in Joplin

Jesse O. Walls

ProMusica will be presenting the Haifa Symphony Orchestra, an orchestra of professional musicians from Haifa, Israel, in Taylor Performing Arts Center on Sunday, March 2, at 3 p.m.

“They have been doing quite a bit of traveling, and currently they are in the middle of their swing through the United States,” said Brian Franzaglia, interim head of Southern’s music department and artistic director for ProMusica. “They have various venues throughout the country – every major city and Joplin.”

Founded in 1950, the orchestra is the central focus of musical life in northern Israel, according to the orchestra’s website,

“It’s going to be a great concert,” said Franzaglia. “The selection of the repertoire was actually the first thing I had done when I joined ProMusica, so for me it’s real exciting to see how the program comes off.”

The repertoire will include selections from Carl Maria von Weber, Mozart’s Symphony No. 40, and Antonin Dvorak’s The New World.

“It is – what I will call – a fulfilling concert,” said Franzaglia. “It will have something that will be enticing to everyone in the audience; so some pieces that people will recognize and some pieces that they might be unfamiliar with, but I know they will fully enjoy.”

Tickets are required for this event and are available in the student I.D. office as well as various other locations around town. Standard tickets are $25 for premium, $20 for general and $15 for balcony, while student tickets are $20 for premium, $15 for general and $10 for balcony.

“It’s going to be a great concert,” said Franzaglia, “I know that everyone who attends the concert will be mesmerized by not only the orchestra, but the repertoire selection.”

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