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In honor of Israel’s 70th anniversary, The Philadelphia Orchestra is pairing up with the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia for an upcoming tour of the Jewish state.

The tour begins in Europe on May 24 — with performances in Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Germany and Austria — ultimately leading to concerts in Israel beginning June 3. The concerts will be led by Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

The Israel portion will visit Haifa, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, where the Orchestra will play its last performance June 5.

But while the music will be the crescendo of the tour, the trip will also give an opportunity for Jewish Federation supporters and Orchestra patrons to demonstrate their solidarity with Israel.