Polish orchestra named for Israel Philharmonic founder

(JTA) — A Polish orchestra is being named for Bronislaw Huberman, founder of The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Czestochowa City Council said the Philharmonic Orchestra in the southern Poland city will be named for the renowned violionist, who was born there.

An official ceremony is scheduled for Oct. 3, when the orchestra’s refurbished concert hall will be rededicated.

Huberman, a child prodigy, founded the Palestine Orchestra, the forerunner of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, in 1936. In doing so, he reportedly saved 75 Jewish musicians from the Nazis, supplying them with immigration documents and the money to move to what was then Palestine. 

Huberman died in 1947.

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