Rachel Hirsch Photography
Pablo Casals and his wife Martita, visited Israel in August 1973. They were accompanied by violinists Isaac Stern and Alexander Schneider.

They came to Jerusalem, to work with a youth orchestra, which Pablo Casals would conduct.

The Israeli PM at the time, Golda Meir, invited Casals to come and celebrate his 100th birthday - due in December that same year - in Israel. But, as it turns out, Mrs. Meir was somewhat premature, because Casals was born in 1876 and not in 1873...

Sadly, he died in October, during our Yom Kipur War, 2 months before "the special birthday", according to Golda Meir.

The photographs shown here were taken during a rehearsal with the Youth Orchestra, held in the Jerusalem Chan Theater.
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