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"One hopes that this local debut will mark Arie Lipsky's reintroduction into Israeli musical life," said a review in Tuesday's Jerusalem Post. Lipsky is the principal cellist and resident conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and he had been invited to Jerusalem to to replace the late Eduardo Mata in conducting concerts with the Israel Chamber Orchestra.

The Post critic went on to praise Lipsky's "fine articulation and perfect balance" in bringing out the "pastoral charm and colorful folkloric dance rhythms" of Copland's "Appalachian Spring," then added that his direction of Schubert's "Overture in Italian Style" was "highly personal, original and convincing."

Apparently Israeli music moguls agree with the review, as Lipsky has already been engaged to conduct four concerts each next season with the Israel Chamber Orchestra and Israel Sinfonietta, and in September 1997 he will tour the United States with the Israel Chamber Orchestra.

-- Herman Trotter

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