On December 8, 1963, Ivry Gitlis became the first Israeli musician to give an official concert in the Soviet Union. Fifty years later, on December 8, 2013, Ivry (aged 91) will return to the Philharmonic Hall in St Petersburg – only this time he’s going mob-handed.
The musicians who will accompany him are Martha Argerich and Elisha Abas.
Be there, if you can. If you’re a friend of Ivry’s, he’ll ask you to play.