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Finally, on Thursday, a small contingent of Philadelphia musicians went to the Yitzhak Navon Music School for the Gifted and Excellent in Lod to play chamber pieces.
There, principal Meny Matalon told them how much the orchestra's Tuesday concert in Jerusalem had meant to students.
The U.S. State Department had donated roughly 1,000 tickets to schoolchildren for the Jerusalem performance, and 150 of those went to Lod students, ages 6 to 18, plus their parents. "They didn't know what to expect," said Matalon, "but when they came in the next day, they were 50 centimeters above the ground."
The children "were talking about specific instruments that we don't have in our band, like bassoon and oboe," the principal said. "They wanted to know, `What is that sound?' "