The Orchestra That Plays Under Armed Guard

The Israel Philharmonic will play Los Angeles next month, and extra security measures will be abundant. “A sold-out benefit concert at Carnegie Hall in New York in January 2002 was delayed nearly half an hour as roughly 2,800 ticket-holders went through metal detectors… Later in 2002, the orchestra canceled an eight-city American tour… asserting that no U.S. security company would agree to guard the musicians and patrons.”