Israeli cellist Amit Peled pays homage to predecessor

In August 1973, world-famous cellist Pablo Casals accepted an invitation from prime minister Golda Meir to guest-conduct a youth orchestra in Jerusalem.

Though Casals was then nearing 97, he agreed to fly to Israel along with his wife, Marta, and violinists Isaac Stern and Alexander Schneider.

It was the last time Casals took his cello outside of the United States; he passed away two months later. That December, a child was born on Kibbutz Yizre’el who would later be entrusted with Casals’ precious musical instrument and play it in Israel and across the globe.


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