Zubin Mehta, Israel Philharmonic to start tour at Carnegie Hall
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Zubin Mehta, Israel Philharmonic to start tour at Carnegie Hall

Concerts in US and Canada will celebrate legacy of outgoing conductor who has led national orchestra for nearly 50 years

Conductor Zubin Mehta appears with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra during the traditional New Year's concert at the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria, January 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, File)
Conductor Zubin Mehta appears with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra during the traditional New Year's concert at the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria, January 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, File)

NEW YORK — Conductor Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra are starting a two-week North American tour at New York’s Carnegie Hall.

The October 25 opening-night concert will feature an all-Mozart program including the overture to “The Marriage of Figaro.” The orchestra will then visit Toronto, California and Florida before returning to Carnegie Hall on November 7 through November 9.

The tour will celebrate the legacy of the 81-year-old Mehta.

Mehta has announced that he will retire from the Israel Philharmonic in 2019 after almost 50 years with the ensemble.

The Indian-born Mehta has also led the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.

Benefit galas honoring Mehta will be held in New York, Toronto, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Miami.

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