Suspected Cyberattack Derails Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Virtual Gala

By Logan Martell

On June 28, 2020, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s virtual gala experienced what is described as a suspected cyberattack, which took down the channels streaming the concert for the entirety of its one-hour duration.

The gala had over 13,000 registrants as of Sunday and was the first virtual concert hosted by the orchestra. The program included performances from  Chen Reiss, Itzhak Perlman, Khatia Buniatishvili, Evgeny Kissin, Andras Schiff, Gil Shaham, and more, hosted by Dame Helen Mirren.

In a press release, Executive Director of the IPO Foundation Tali Gottlieb said “We were thrilled that so many had registered to join us for this event, giving us the opportunity to bring the healing power of music to people who need it at this difficult time. Our organization had high hopes that this event would help us raise emergency funds to support the members of the Israel Philharmonic in the face of an unprecedented financial crisis.”

While the virtual gala was not able to air as planned, the IPO has uploaded the full concert onto their YouTube channel and encourages viewers to consider making a donation to help support the orchestra during this time.