2016-08-31 / Mideast

Peru’s president leads Philharmonic


The president of Peru, whose father was a Jewish refugee, conducted Israel’s Philharmonic Orchestra during the playing of the Peruvian national anthem at a concert in Lima.

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski took his turn with the baton at a performance at the National Grand Theater during celebrations of the 109th anniversary of the Lima Philharmonic Society, El Comercio newspaper reported.

“More than 1,400 people who attended the concert celebrated the pleasant surprise and revelation of our president as a conductor,” read a note from the Lima Philharmonic Society, which noted that Zubin Mehta, the philharmonic’s conductor, did the same with the Israeli anthem, “Hatikvah.” (JTA)

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