Tenor Placido Domingo wins Israeli prize

Jan 12, 2012 No Comments by

By Jennifer Lipman – www.theJC.com

Israel newsAwards and prizes
A British conductor best known for his work at the Berlin Philharmonic has won a prestigious Israeli prize honouring achievements in the arts and sciences.
Sir Simon Rattle, the former conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, was named as the co-recipient of this year’s Wolf Prize for his contribution to music.
He shares the £64,000 prize with tenor , the first ever vocal artist to win the award.
The prize, awarded by the foundation of the former Cuban ambassador to Israel, Dr Ricardo Wolf, recognises contributions in categories, including physics, chemistry, medicine mathematics. It was set up in 1976 to “promote art and science for the benefit of mankind”, with the first prizes awarded two years later.
Domingo, who is Spanish, spent three years at the start of his career singing with the Israeli opera company. Prizewinners will receive their awards at a ceremony in the Knesset later this year.
Previous winners of the Wolf Prize, many of whom have gone on to win Nobel Prizes, have included Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conductor Zubin Mehta, and artists Anselm Kiefer, Louise Bourgeois and Gerhard Richter.

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Ron Ross worked as the first Sports Editor at WINTV. In Wollongong he ran The Hamburger Hut an outreach and discipleship program for youth. He served with Youth With a Mission in Hawaii, Philippines and Australia. He was senior pastor of the Noosa Baptist Church, Queensland for 9 years. With a heart for Israel Ron was appointed national director of Bridges for Peace, Australia. At the invitation of the BFP International Board he moved to Jerusalem and worked in the BFP Jerusalem headquarters for five years. Back in Australia he is now the Middle East correspondent for United Christian Broadcasters and travels regularly preaching and teaching.
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