BOG 2015: Glorious Music Marks Buchmann-Mehta School of Music’s 10th Anniversary

Event celebrates the vision and generosity of TAU benefactors Josef and Bareket Buchmann
27 May 2015
From left: TAU Honorary Doctors Josef and Bareket Buchmann with outgoing head of the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music Prof. Zeev Dorman. Photo: Michal Roche-Ben Ami

A lively and festive concert featuring works by Bach, Tchaikovsky and Dvoràk marked the celebration of 10 years of Tel Aviv University’s Buchmann-Mehta School of Music and was a highlight of the 2015 International Board of Governors Meeting. The concert was performed to a large audience of TAU governors, supporters and friends in the Miriam and Adolfo Smolarz Auditorium by the School’s Buchmann-Mehta School of Music Symphony Orchestra and conducted by outgoing head of the School Prof. Zeev Dorman. Guests of honor at the event were the School’s founders, Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors Dr. h.c. Josef Buchmann, and TAU Governor Dr. h.c. Bareket Buchmann.   


The Buchmann-Mehta School of Music is the fruit of a unique collaboration between Tel Aviv University and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO). The School trains students to take their places in the IPO, the Israeli Opera and in other professional ensembles in Israel, as well as in leading orchestras and performance groups throughout the world. The School also trains international students within the framework of the Adler-Buchmann International Program for Outstanding Students.


In his opening greetings, Chairman of the Board of Governors Prof. Jacob A. Frenkel said, “Josef, years ago you recognized the potential of the University’s music academy to become a world-class music school. Tonight we are celebrating this marvelous accomplishment. In the ten years of its existence, the Buchmann-Mehta Orchestra has developed into an artistic ensemble of the highest caliber, inspiring audiences in Israel and abroad, including at the United Nations, at Carnegie Hall, all over Europe, in China and throughout Latin America.”


TAU President Joseph Klafter said, “The phenomenal success of the School that Josef and Bareket have created and fostered is anchored in Josef’s belief in tzedaka, in education, in the bridging power of music, and most of all, in Tel Aviv University and Israel.”


The concert. Photo: Michal Roche-Ben Ami


Prof. Klafter thanked the Buchmanns for their lasting friendship and decades-long support of the University which has left its mark across the campus, including the Josef Buchmann Doctoral Fellowship Fund that has supported students from Israel and Germany for over 30 years and the Buchmann Faculty of Law, among numerous other projects. “Your outstanding generosity and ardent support for the State of Israel, and your commitment to Jewish culture, tradition and continuity, is nurturing the next generation, keeping Israel and the Jewish People strong, and is an inspiration to all of us.” 


Prof. Klafter congratulated Mrs. Bareket Buchmann on receiving a TAU honorary doctorate during the Board meeting. “It is a testament to your ongoing commitment to the University and to higher education,” he said.


In a video message to the event, the School’s co-founder and Honorary President Maestro Zubin Mehta paid tribute to Prof. Zeev Dorman who is retiring from his five-year post as head of the School later this year. “I would like to express my appreciation to my dearest friend Zeev Dorman for what he has done to enhance the cultural image of this school in Israel and all over the world and for his mentoring and nurturing of the students. Without him the School would not have been what it is today,” he said. Mehta also congratulated the Buchmanns warmly via video.


The program featured solo flutist Ranen Mintzer and mezzo-soprano Zlata Khershberg. 



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